At a November reception for donors and supporters, the Boys & Girls Club of Danville and the Community Foundation jointly announced that the Boys & Girls Club of Danville Endowment has been established. The endowment fund was started with $20,000 in donations from two anonymous donors. Commitment for another generous gift to the fund [...]

  With her passing in August at the age of 103, we can reflect on Helen Levin’s indelible legacy of generosity, service, leadership and involvement in countless civic and philanthropic endeavors. While the Community Foundation had thirteen founding fathers in 1972, Helen Levin was our only founding mother. Highly respected for her commitment to local [...]

  The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois announced 26 nonprofit recipients of nearly $80,000 from the 2016 Annual Community Commitment Grants. Community Commitment Grants are funded by the Foundation’s endowment funds. Each year, nonprofits in a nine-county service area are offered the opportunity to apply for grants for durable goods or capital items not typically [...]

  Tom Costello, recently retired Assistant Managing Director for CUMTD, has assumed the role of Chair, Community Foundation Board of Trustees. Tom remains a communications instructor at the University of Illinois as he has been for over 40 years. Tom presented Brooke Didier-Starks with a plaque of appreciation and thanked her for her leadership as [...]

  Capacity-Building MicroGrants are jointly funded by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and the Lumpkin Family Foundation. These grants provide a maximum of $1,500 for small nonprofit organizations to send staff or board members to conferences or to bring training opportunities in-house to enhance their organizations’ capabilities. Recipients must pay at least 20% [...]

  With funding from the Marajen Stevick Foundation, the Community Foundation distributed $50,000 in grants to six area nonprofit organizations. The Marajen Stevick Foundation grants offer funding for nonprofit organizations that provide services in three areas: enhancing the lives of senior citizens, beautification of the Champaign-Urbana and surrounding area, and promoting excellence in reading and [...]

  Thanks to all who attended our Hearts of Gold Gala for making it a great evening. There was no doubt that the group of 120 was ready to celebrate philanthropy in east central Illinois. Congratulations again to the all of the recipients, their friends and families, as well as all of you who are loyal [...]

  Congratulations to the recipients of our 2016 scholarship opportunities.

  The Community Foundation is now reviewing applications for the 2016 Marajen Stevick Foundation Grants. Organizations that enhance the quality of life for senior citizens, promote excellence in reading and writing for all levels of education, or add the aesthetic enhancement of the physical environment of Champaign, Urbana and surrounding communities have submitted applications.

  Over the next five years, $5 million will be funneled into the community to train youths on how to get ready for the workforce. The federal grant money will be used to develop a program in Champaign-Urbana that aims to help 15- to 24-year-olds strengthen their relationship-building skills, receive career preparation, find work over the [...]