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.
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.
President and CEO | Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
Joan Dixon, as President & CEO of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, works with donors to ensure that their charitable wishes are achieved. In addition, through the Foundation’s “Center for Nonprofit Excellence,” Dixon helps nonprofit organizations with board training and development, strategic planning, fund development, stewardship, succession planning and other areas critical to success. Dixon holds a B.A. in communications from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, as well as a M.A. in Theatre and an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before joining the Community Foundation, she was Senior Director – Public Relations, Marketing & Allied Services for Christie Clinic. Dixon received the Dr. Arthur H. Larsen Leadership Award from the East Central Illinois Area Agency on Aging and has been named an honorary Park Commissioner by the Champaign Park District. She has the served on the boards of a number of nonprofit organizations, is a past president of Champaign Rotary and past president of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations. She currently chairs the Alliance’s Public Policy Committee and serves on the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council. Dixon is firmly convinced that her four nieces and nephews, grandnephew and grandniece are truly exceptional.
Broker | Guth & Associates
Jill Guth has over 30 years of leadership and management experience in the economic development arena which cultivated a variety of relationships in numerous sectors. Prior to forming her own commercial real estate firm, Guth & Associates, Jill served as the Director of Commercial Leasing & Marketing for JSM where she successfully negotiated leases with local, regional and national retailers and office users like Urban Outfitters, Panera Bread, CVS Health, University of Illinois, and many more. During her time with JSM, Guth served on several boards and committees throughout the community and founded the Champaign Center Partnership which works to promote Champaign’s Center City. Before her role at JSM, Guth served as the President/CEO of Campustown 2000 where she implemented programs to redevelop and revitalize the greater Campustown area, serving the University of Illinois. After Campustown 2000, Guth served as the Executive Director of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation where she led efforts to increase economic development activities on a county-wide basis. Combining her experience in marketing, real estate, and economic development, Guth is able to provide tailored strategies to meet the needs of each individual client. Jill served as the co-chair for the 2017 American Heart Association’s Heart Ball.
Vice President of Development | Community Foundation of East Central Illinois
Angie Hatfield Marker was hired as the Development Director for the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois in March of 2018. She is responsible for advancing the mission of CFECI by developing donor relationships and increasing fundraising opportunities. Born in Danville and raised in Champaign, Angie is a graduate of Centennial High School and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication in 2003. She also won four Varsity I Letters while working as a student equipment-manager for the University of Illinois football team from 1999-2002. Angie has more than 15 years of sales, marketing and development experience. Prior to joining CFECI, Angie worked as Director of Development and Communications for Crisis Nursery in Urbana. She also worked for O’Brien Auto Park of Urbana for 13 years as Director of Business Development and Toyota Sales Manager. She has been actively volunteering in her community for more than two decades, serving on boards for the Urbana Business Association and the Crisis Nursery. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals of East Central Illinois. Angie and her husband, Dan, live in Champaign with their sons, Johnny and Dean.
Professor | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Korr received her PhD in psychology from SUNY at Buffalo. From 1994-2002 she was a professor at the School of Social Work, University of Pittsburgh. She was the co-director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research and directed the doctoral program during her tenure at Pittsburgh. From 1980-1993, she taught at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago. Her first professional position was as a Program Evaluator in the Illinois Department of Mental Health. She has taught courses in program evaluation, mental health policy, and social entrepreneurship and has published on evaluation of mental health services, legal issues in mental health, and other related topics. She is the Vice President of The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR). She is a site visitor for Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). She previously served on the board of CSWE and as chair of the Commission on Accreditation. She is past President of the St. Louis Group – the association of social work schools in major research universities. She serves our local community as a member of the Board of Directors of United Way. Dr. Korr’s focus is on mental health policy and services as well as social work education.
Director, Community Solutions Incubator | Executive Director and Founder, 4 Osprey & Ecofluent
Rebecca McBride brings over 30 years of professional experience in management, strategic planning, and marketing to the Community Solutions Incubator. Recently retired from from the University of Illinois after serving nearly 25 years as Senior Associate Director of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Rebecca is deeply committed to giving back to her community by sharing her skills and expertise with the next generation of leaders and social innovators. She is equally committed to 4 Osprey and its Ecofluent Initiative, a nonprofit environmental organization devoted to helping individuals live in balance with the environment. Since earning her MBA and BS from the University of Illinois, she has been committed to applying her skills and knowledge to the nonprofit arena. At Krannert Center, Rebecca was recognized for her leading role in developing groundbreaking public engagement and marketing initiatives, designing innovative organizational structures and management systems, advancing the Center’s efforts toward sustainability, and for her leadership in re-imagining and developing the Center’s capacity to support new creative work. She was given the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2016 in recognition of her sustained and outstanding work at the University of Illinois. Prior to joining Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Rebecca served as Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Christie Clinic Association and Director of Marketing for the Urbana Park District. A Champaign native, Rebecca has served on various community and campus boards and committees, including the Eastern Illinois Food Bank, 40North/88West Inception Team and Board, Champaing County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Habitat for Humanity, Allerton Advisory Board, Champaign Downtown Development Corporation, among many others. Ms. McBride currently serves as board member of the Prairie Rivers Network and the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois. Outside of her community work, Rebecca enjoys writing and organically managing her 7 wooded acres along the Sangamon River in rural Champaign County.
President | Center for Community Adaptation, LLC
Mr. Royse works with communities and anchor institutions on community and economic development strategies to bring about a more sustainable future. In his role he works to initiate projects in renewable energy, transportation and land use, and community health. Mr. Royse also focuses on encouraging entrepreneurial initiative in the communities he serves with an eye for bridging age, culture, and economic gaps. Mr. Royse was President of One Main Development, LLC. until January of 2013 In his role, Mr. Royse worked closely with city leaders and partners to ensure the success of each project and the continued growth of One Main Development. Mr. Royse’s experience is as a business generalist, and he has served professionally as a business strategist both organizationally and financially. He has been extensively involved with a sixty million-dollar residential property portfolio owned by his family. As CEO of Royse Wagner (a small national branding firm), Mr. Royse consulted on teams leading high growth activities within a variety of industries. His crowning achievement was the development of the environmental communications platform for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, 2002. Mike is tireless in his service to the local business and academic community. He frequently takes time to meet with students and young professionals who are just beginning to define their careers or refine their business vision. Mike currently serves as President of the Center for Community Adaptation which aims to help communities come together around strategies and initiatives that build health, wealth, and sustainability.
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