In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (CFECI) will be awarding $50,000 in grants to strengthen the nonprofit sector as part of its vision of raising the quality of life throughout the region it serves. A recent survey of nonprofits in East Central Illinois identified the need to support [...]

Back-to-school ushers in a season of cleaning, organizing and purging for many households. Not sure where to dispose of hazardous waste or hard-to-recycle items like electronics, tires, papers and books? Champaign County Environmental Stewards (CCES), is your go-to solution! An all-volunteer nonprofit organization established in 2019, CCES supports the ability of area citizens to responsibly [...]

Applications for the 2022 Community Commitment Grant cycle are now available.  Endowed funds from donors who have left a legacy for the future are the primary source of ongoing funding for these grants. Community Commitment Grants, unlike many other grant opportunities, are awarded each year to nonprofits that serve residents of East Central Illinois.  The [...]

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign, IL What’s the board’s role in fundraising? Learn how to develop a purposeful board for powerful fundraising! Fundraising success depends on alignment between the board and staff to work together to fulfill the mission of the organization. [...]


Thur. August 4, 2022 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM CST At Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St. Robeson Pavilion – Rooms A & B Writing great grant proposals and winning grants happens when best practices are applied. These practices can be learned and mastered. This interactive session, led by local stakeholders in fund development, [...]

Wed, April 27, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST In-person at First Presbyterian Champaign, 302 West Church Street Get your executive committee together and join this breakout session to equip your nonprofit board officers with tools for success! A well-functioning board of directors or trustees is essential to the health and sustainability of any [...]

East Central Illinois nonprofit executives, board members and staff: HELP US TO BETTER HELP YOU! TAKE THE 10-MINUTE SURVEY The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (CFECI) would like to better understand what CAPACITY BUILDING and TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE needs your organizations have at present, to respond to the challenges and opportunities that you face. We [...]

Wed, February 23, 2022 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CST Learn how to build an effective and efficient nonprofit board of directors. Having an effective board is one of the most important ways to ensure the success of your nonprofit organization. Yet finding and recruiting board members can be difficult and is typically handled at [...]

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