Community Foundation of Will County names new executive director

The Community Foundation of Will County recently welcomed a new executive director, Elizabeth (Jan) Edgar.

The organization said in a news release Edgar is a successful non-profit and development executive with a "proven track record" with the United Way, regional health care organizations and medical industry associations.

“Jan is the perfect leader for the Community Foundation as we tackle our ambitious goals for growth and impact in Will County,” Rod Tonelli, chairman of the Board of the CFWC, said in the release. “Jan’s excellent reputation in Will County will be instrumental in helping us connect people who care with causes that matter and fully leverage the power of philanthropy in our community.”

Most recently, Edgar served as a development executive with the Presence Health System which included the Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet and its network throughout Illinois. There she was tasked with executing the organization's strategic goals as they related to philanthropy and long-term partnerships.

“During these challenging times the need for philanthropy is greater than ever,” Edgar said in the release. “The CFWC is uniquely positioned to expand its impact. I look forward to working with the board, donors, non-profits and community leaders to realize our potential and to serve Will County.”

The CFWC is the county’s charitable endowment, allowing for investment income to be used to promote philanthropic purposes focusing on health, education, human services and the arts.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.