Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Vision

To raise the quality of life throughout east central Illinois.

Our Mission

To be a major catalyst for long-term philanthropic assistance to the residents of east central Illinois. This is done to realize our vision—to raise the quality of life throughout east central Illinois.

Our Values

We are a leader in promoting philanthropy in an impartial, unbiased, ethical way, with commitment to inclusiveness. We bring together people and resources to identify and address present and emerging community needs.

We assist other not-for-profit organizations through advisory, consulting and collaborative efforts.

We help donors satisfy their philanthropic goals. We provide convenient and flexible giving vehicles to serve donors. We believe everyone should experience the joy of making a meaningful contribution to the community.

We use endowments as perpetual tools to provide steady support for charitable needs. We encourage unrestricted endowments because they meet the needs of future generations. We assist communities and organizations in building endowments to secure their continued success. We counsel donors and their advisors to choose a planned giving solution that makes a lasting difference.

Grants and Operations
We make grants based on the greatest needs in the community. We reflect the diversity of our community through our choices of grants, staff, volunteers, programs and initiatives. We select board, staff and volunteers with the talent and expertise required to efficiently and effectively achieve our long-term objectives. We insist on maintaining the highest standards in donor relationships, fund stewardship and promotion of philanthropy.