Jack Blane was a founding member of the Highland Park Community Foundation. Since its inception in 1992, Jack was an active and contributing member of the Board. He was our de facto Foundation historian and our moral compass. We drew a collective sigh of sadness upon hearing of his death on February 19th. As everyone knew him would agree, Jack was a kind, caring, and dedicated man. It was an honor to know him.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Jack B. Blane, 94, passed away at home on February 19, 2018. Jack was the lovingLoving father of Barbara (Rand) Toney, the late Nancy (Tony) Guerra, and John Blane, and the proud grandfather of Sarah (Patrick Pauley) Toney, David Toney, and Nathan Blane. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Joan, nee Fleischman. Jack leaves a legacy of immeasurable dedication and commitment to Rotary International (in particular, his focus for the last 30 years on PolioPlus, the global eradication of polio), the Highland Park Community Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, and the City of Highland Park, and numerous other beneficiaries of his tireless energies. He truly embodied the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” A celebration of Jack’s life will take place on March 5, 2018, 6:30 pm, Highland Park High School auditorium. Please omit flowers. Remembrances would be appreciated in Jack’s memory to the Rotary Foundation, End Polio Now, at, or the Highland Park Community Foundation, at The family will be gathering at the family home on March 6th and 7th. For information please call Kelley & Spalding Funeral Home at (847) 831-4260 or

Please click here if you would like to remember Jack with a donation to the Highland Park Community Foundation.

Thank you.



More than 3,000 residents of Highland Park and Highwood are living below the poverty level.
Over one-fifth of District 112 students receive financial aid for lunch at school.
Many other residents need financial assistance in order to take part in the wide variety of programs and services our community offers.
The Highland Park Community Foundation is here to help – by enhancing the quality of life of our local residents.


We support organizations and programs that meet the unmet needs of our community and expand opportunities for all Highland Park and Highwood residents.

We envision an inclusive, well-rounded and vibrant community where residents’ lives are enriched through our philanthropic efforts

In 2017, the Highland Park Community Foundation awarded nearly $183,000 in grants and scholarships to 35 local agencies. These funds serve to nurture children, strengthen families, assist older adults in remaining independent, develop leadership skills and academic confidence in teens, enhance artistic experiences, and support innovative programs in our community. Click here to see the list of 2017 Grant Recipients.

In 2017, the Highland Park Community Foundation awarded nearly $183,000 to 35 agencies that provide services and programming to meet the unmet needs in our community and expand opportunities for all residents. Accomplishing this in multiple ways, they nurture children, strengthen families, assist older adults, build academic confidence in youth, improve the emotional health and well-being of individuals, support individuals with disabilities, develop leadership skills in teens, enhance cultural experiences, and introduce innovative programs to our community. We proudly support their efforts, which make our community stronger. Click here to see the full list of 2017 grantees!


Highland Park High School Guest Speakers Aliza Gilbert, College Counselor and National Hispanic Institute Summer Program Coordinator and Casandra Ibarra, NHI Participant

Highland Park High School Guest Speakers at Highland Park Community Foundation Awards Reception 2017. Speakers Holly Fleischer, Guidance Counselor and Homework Club Coordinator, and Jennifer Lopez, Homework Club Participant.

Highland Park Golden Apple 2017 Award Presentation. Introduction made by Sara Sher, Committee Chair.

Highland Park Golden Apple Award acceptance by Scott Shallenbarger, 2017 Award Recipient


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