Champaign-Urbana, Illinois holds a great treasure in the form of its music and art community. In the face of change and pandemic, a remarkable group of 41 singers and 15 instrumentalist have come together to elevate the spirits of their city and beyond, with a recorded musical message and video: “C-U Sings Volume 1: Let [...]

Even though the Community Foundation’s Annual Hearts of Gold Gala is cancelled this year, the organization will still be celebrating and honoring thirteen local philanthropists making a difference in east central Illinois. This year, twelve individuals will be honored with the Community Foundation’s Hearts of Gold Awards. They are James Barham, Doug Bauling, Sergeant James [...]

Dear friends, The mission of the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is “to enhance the lives of the residents of east central Illinois…” That means all residents. Our stated values are to promote inclusiveness in an impartial, unbiased, ethical way. We bring together people and resources to identify and address present and emerging community [...]

Funds will be distributed immediately to help communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 The Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund (the Fund) has been hard at work helping neighbors impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, May 20, the Fund received a $250,000 grant from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund (ICRF) to support East Central Illinois relief [...]

Wave 4 grants aim to decrease disparities Local organizations are swiftly pivoting their programming to virtual formats and serving the community in new ways. The Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund awarded four grants to increase access to technology. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pivotal role technology plays in the community’s daily life. “By increasing [...]

 New initiative announced: CU-Better Together to reduce food insecurity among families Community Foundation and United Way are moving quickly to get help where it’s needed most. Thanks to a $250,000 grant from the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, the Fund is able to release the largest and broadest wave of funds to date. Wave 3 of [...]

Students from Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana Unit 116 school districts are receiving the home learning supplies they need thanks to a $4,000 grant distribution from the Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund and a $1,000 donation from the CU Schools Foundation. Loose-leaf paper, composition notebooks, pencils, manual pencil sharpeners, pens, folders, colored pencils, crayons, rulers, [...]

On behalf of our generous donors, our Community Foundation of East Central Illinois joins the United Way of Champaign County in helping those who are most impacted by lay-offs and reduced work hours. We hope this first distribution from our joint relief fund provides a small sense of security during this time… The Champaign County [...]

 Fund will support direct service providers on the front lines of the pandemic The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and the United Way of Champaign County Boards of Directors have authorized the establishment of the Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund. The Boards have each seeded the fund with up to $50,000, creating up to [...]

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois continues to improve the quality of life for residents living in its service area. This month, the Foundation was pleased to award nearly $90,000 in grant funding to 30 organizations through their Community Commitment Grants. The Community Commitment Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations annually for the purchase [...]