The Community Solutions Incubator believes in the power of social innovation and creativity to address our community’s most significant challenges. And we believe that local community members are best able to identify our unique problems and offer effective solutions.
At the Community Solutions Incubator, emerging and young nonprofit entrepreneurs are able to pilot their ideas and create supporting structures alongside other social innovators in a well-resourced co-working space, receiving hands-on mentorship and guidance from some of the area’s most successful community leaders in a variety of fields and disciplines. Networking opportunities, workshops, and seminars — along with limited access to financial support — creates a generative and innovative environment in which the next generation of community leaders and organizations will emerge, not only strengthening our local community but potentially producing replicable programs across the nation.
The Community Solutions Incubator is a program of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) tax-exempt philanthropic organization created in 1972 to encourage and receive contributions establishing endowments and other funds for the long-term benefit of east central Illinois. It supports and serves its donors by managing and administering endowed funds that have been donated for philanthropic purposes.
Recognizing the importance of nonprofit organizations in enhancing the community’s quality of life, the Community Foundation launched the Community Solutions Incubator to help strengthen and grow these important social change agents. In addition to its many granting opportunities, the Community Foundation helps nonprofits through its Center for Nonprofit Excellence and “Building Better Boards” initiative.
The Incubator’s Founding Partners are area companies and organizations who have generously offered their skills and knowledge to Incubator members as needed. From marketing to finance to governance to human resources, these organizations represent a diverse and impressive cohort of professionals who will mentor incubator members through one-on-one mentoring, workshop presentations, and networking.