Giving Back

The Morton Pumpkin Festival’s core function is community enhancement for the Village of Morton and the Morton Chamber of Commerce. In addition to using festival revenue to support their general operations, the Morton Chamber of Commerce donates tens of thousands of dollars each year to other, local non-profit organizations that assist in the operations of the festival.

Project Pumpkin Endowment Fund

Project Pumpkin is an endowment fund the Morton Chamber of Commerce launched in 2013 in partnership with the Morton Community Foundation. The purpose of the fund is to provide access to the Morton Pumpkin Festival for families in need. To contribute to the fund, festival guests can purchase a special item at the Pumpkin Store before and during the Morton Pumpkin Festival. 100% of the proceeds from those sales go to support this fund. Direct contributions to the fund can also be sent to the Morton Community Foundation.

Volunteer Give-Back Fund

Each year, it takes thousands of volunteers to make the Pumpkin Festival a success. Many of those volunteers come in the form of non-profit organizations. This Fund provides financial contributions to non-profit and youth groups who provide a minimum of ten people to host a shift or activity during the Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival.

Nonprofit Partners 2022

At the 56th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival: Pumpkins Go 80s, the following nonprofit organizations received a portion of the revenue through their support of activities and operations:                                            

Advent Lutheran Church
AAUW Morton Branch
American Heritage Girls 6408
Blessed Sacrament Church
Blessed Sacrament School
Boy Scout Troop 178
Bradley University – Men’s Golf
Cub Scout Pack 85
Elevate Church
Encounter Church
First Baptist Church (American Heritage Girls)
Girl Scout Troop 4687
International Friendship, Inc.
Jefferson School
Jefferson School PTO
Kennel Lake Sportsmen’s Club
Morton Softball
Midwest Food Bank
Morton Community Bank
Morton Football
Morton High School
Morton High School Booster Club
Morton Junior High Student Council
Morton Volleyball
MYBA
PAHA
PCSA
Peoria Area Water Wizards
Rebuilding Together IL – Peoria
St. Jude Memphis to Peoria Run
St. Jude Runs
TAPS
TCRC

Thank you to our sponsor:

Past Year Contributions

The Morton Chamber of Commerce has contributed thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations and projects through the revenue generated by the Morton Pumpkin Festival. Here is a history of contributions over the past decade:

  • 2001 – $11,000
  • 2002 – $15,250
  • 2003 – $16,500
  • 2004 – $17,000
  • 2005 – $17,500
  • 2006 – $5,000
  • 2007 – $25,000
  • 2008 – $5,000
  • 2009 – $35,000
  • 2010 – $40,000
  • 2011 – $13,118
  • 2012 – $46,793 (Special Project: Downtown Memorial Plaza – $25,000)
  • 2013 – $41,062.26 (Special Project: Idlewood Arts Pavilion – $25,000)
  • 2014 – $46,564.37 (Special Project: Veterans Memorial – $25,000)
  • 2015 – $46,152.22 (Special Project: Birchwood Park Softball Complex – $25,000)
  • 2016 – $31,016.61 (Special Project: Library Book Drop & Downtown Flower Pots – $14,714.61)
  • 2017 – $39,074.13 (Special Project: Idlewood Large Picnic Shelter $20,000)
  • 2018 – $38,740 (Special Project: Jefferson School Playground $10,000)
  • 2019 – $51,650.83 (Special Project: Morton Park District, Horseshoe Park $25,000)
  • 2020 – $13,162
  • 2021 – $49,549.13 (Special Project: Morton Park District, Lakewood Park $20,500 & Morton Public Library, Story Walk $4,500)
  • 2022 – $45, 542.09 (Special Project: Welding Simulator for the Morton High School $25,000 & Hometown Holidays Promotional Donation $5,000)