The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois hosted its fourth annual Hearts of Gold Gala May 17, 2018, at the Champaign Country Club in Champaign. The event celebrated and honored seven local philanthropists making a difference in East Central Illinois. Hearts of Gold Award Recipients: Mohammad Al-Heeti Charles D. Cowger Donna Mayer Cesar M’Nyampara Vickie [...]

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is seeking nominations for its 2018 Hearts of Gold Awards. Hearts of Gold awards are intended to recognize the extraordinary unsung heroes with hearts of gold who help to make life in central Illinois better for everyone. They are the ones who consistently step up to help others [...]

The Community Foundation is accepting applications for the 2018 Marajen Stevick Foundation grant cycle.  Eligible applications will relate to one of the following three areas: The elevation or enhancement of the quality of life for senior citizen Reading and writing programs that promote or foster excellence in public and private schools at primary, secondary or [...]

Applications for the annual Community Commitment Grant cycle will become available in August.  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 [...]

Jointly funded by the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois and the Lumpkin Family Foundation, these grants provide a maximum of $1,500 for organizations to send staff or board members to conferences or to bring training opportunities in-house. Applications are due by midnight July 31, 2017. Click here for application. SaveSave SaveSave

  Great opportunity to help grow a local nonprofit and have an impact throughout east central Illinois. We are seeking an experienced fund developer who has been successful with major gifts, planned giving and leaving a legacy. The Development Director has the opportunity to work with staff, the Board of Trustees and philanthropic individuals and [...]

Walt Manske, a 2014 Hearts of Gold Award recipient and wonderful friend of many area nonprofit organizations, passed away on May 30. Walt will be dearly missed and long remembered for his kindness and lifelong commitment to doing whatever he could to make a positive difference in our quality of life. For nearly five decades, [...]

  The 2017 Hearts of Gold Gala was a great celebration of philanthropy in east central Illinois. Nearly 125 people joined in to honor five Hearts of Gold Awardees and the 2017 Kyle & Phyllis Robeson Philanthropy Awardees. The Conservatory Quartet from the Conservatory of East Central Illinois played a lovely selection of music throughout [...]

  Hearts of Gold awards acknowledge the everyday heroes who step up and do what needs to be done—with no expectation of anything in return. Through their generosity of time, talent or treasure, they add immeasurable value to the organizations they support and to the residents of their communities. The 2017 recipients are outstanding examples [...]

The 2016 Annual report for the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois provides a summary of the our activities and accomplishments during 2015. You’ll find updates on our Building Better Boards and Collective Impact multi-year grant initiatives, as well as some follow-up stories outlining positive results from some nonprofit organizations that are putting their grant [...]