Our History and Purpose
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Citizens Foundation was formed by the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Resources Commission in 1997 as a charitable organization with three purposes:
- To create an awareness in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff of the interests and needs of senior citizens
- To support the activities and facilities of Dickinson Hall, the senior center serving Lake Forest and Lake Bluff
- To provide material and financial support to the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Resources Commission
The Foundation's objective in funding these programs and services is to foster independence, engagement, and continued personal growth of older adults in our community, with particular emphasis on fostering independence.
The Foundation's first order of business was to raise the funds necessary to renovate Dickinson Hall to serve as the home for the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Senior Center. This allowed the facility to move from its previous home at Gorton Community Center in 2001.
The Foundation board now meets periodically throughout the year to fulfill its threefold purpose, to carefully steward its assets, and to fulfill its legal responsibilities.
Gifts to the Foundation are used to support programs and services for the 4,200-plus older adults living in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff communities. Gifts can be designated for a specific purpose:
- Senior Advocate and related social services
- Transportation program
- Wherever the need is greatest
These gifts fund grant requests that come to us through the Senior Resource Commission.
The Foundation is efficiently run. Annually it spends only 1% of its assets on administrative and fundraising expenses.
Through the generosity of its donors, the Foundation is able to contribute more than $190,000 per year for programs and services. About 40% of the Foundation's contribution supports the activities of Dickinson Hall and its members, and 60% supports the needs of the broader senior community in the Lake Forest and Lake Bluff area by funding the Senior Advocate and related services (40%) and a transportation program for older adults (20%).