Howard Trust: Giving Back to Our Community

During his lifetime, Bill Howard, former president of William Charles, found creative ways to make kids feel important. No child had to worry that they didn’t have ice skates to enjoy skating outside the Howard home, because he made sure there were skates for everyone.

Bill’s huge, generous heart for children is ongoing through the William S. Howard Charitable Trust that he established in 1982 in Rockford, Illinois. Since its inception, the Trust has contributed over $4.4 million to not-for-profit organizations that serve mentally and physically handicapped or economically disadvantaged children.

Recipients:

The William S. Howard Trust is one of the largest foundations serving the Rockford area community with consistent funding for youth. In 2015, it provided grant assistance to the following organizations:

  • Access Services of Northern IL
  • The ARC
  • Barbara Olson Center of Hope
  • Booker Washington Community Center
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Easter Seals
  • Epilepsy Association
  • Goldie B. Floberg Center
  • Illinois Growth Enterprises, Inc.
  • Ken-Rock Community Center
  • OSF/Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • Rockford Memorial Development Foundation
  • RocVale Children’s Home
  • SwedishAmerican Medical Foundation
  • Walter J. Lawson Children’s Home
  • YMCA

Designated Charities:

The William S. Howard Charitable Trust supports these designated charities:

  • Access Services of Northern Illinois
  • The ARC
  • Barbara Olson Center of Hope
  • Booker Washington Community Center
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Rockford
  • Easter Seals Children’s Development Center
  • Epilepsy Association
  • Goldie B. Floberg Center
  • Illinois Growth Enterprises
  • Ken-Rock Community Center
  • OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center
  • Rockford Memorial Health System
  • RocVale Children’s Home / Milestone
  • SwedishAmerican Health System
  • Walter J. Lawson Children’s Home
  • YMCA
  • YWCA

Procedure:

The William S. Howard Charitable Trust makes grants for the following purposes:

  • Treatment, rehabilitation, care or training of mentally or physically handicapped or disabled children in Winnebago County, Illinois.
  • Athletic or recreational facilities or opportunities for economically disadvantaged or underprivileged children in Winnebago County, Illinois.

Operating Grants
In making grants for operating purposes, each grant must represent at least 25% of the annual operating expenditure for a specific activity or program conducted by the organization. Alternatively, a grant that does not meet this 25% test may still be made if it would result in the Trust being one of the three largest sources of operating funds for the organization or program. In that case, the grant would have to represent at least 10% of the organization’s or program’s annual operating expenditures.

Philosophy
The Trust’s income may fluctuate significantly from year to year. Therefore, it is difficult for the Trustees to fund long-term programs unless the programs can develop alternative funding sources. As a result, the Trust will generally fund “start-up” programs or provide funds for a program on an interim basis while other funding sources are being developed, rather than fund programs on a permanent or on-going basis. This general approach, however, is not a hard-and-fast rule, and there are some programs that the Trust has funded in every year of its existence.

Schedule
Grant requests can be received from qualified organizations only. The Trustees meet annually and grant funding once a year. Grant requests are usually solicited by letters to the organizations in late March, with a deadline of late June for submittal. The Trustees meet annually, usually in August, to review all of the requests and provide grant funding in September.

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