We are thrilled to welcome Genevieve Kirk to our Community Foundation team! Serving as our Center for Nonprofit Excellence Director, Genevieve will work directly with our local nonprofit partners. Through our Center, she will offer assistance in board training and development and strategic planning. She will help local nonprofits establish effective working relationships between their [...]

Applications for the 2021 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 [...]

Thionville and Urbana Artists Release Their Version of Let it Be On November 12th 1944 Thionville was liberated by the Third American Army led by General Patton. Kermit Harden, Urbana GI, was among the US soldiers involved in the liberation.  This production is dedicated to Kermit Harden. CU Sings: Building upon the successful release of CU [...]

Our Community Foundation understands the critical role a board of directors plays in the success of our nonprofit partners. We recognize the challenges of recruiting quality candidates and educating them on their roles. We also recognize that many community members interested in serving on boards are often not sure where to start. As our first [...]

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is looking for a Center for Nonprofit Excellence Director.  This position will be located in Champaign, Illinois and is Part-Time, Salaried. Position Summary Working with the President and CEO, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence Director plays a critical role in assisting the Foundation’s partner nonprofit organizations. The Director [...]

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois has announced that Joan Dixon, President and Chief Executive Officer, will retire on June 30, 2021. Angie Hatfield Marker, the Foundation’s current Vice President of Development, will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. The News Gazette Article          


Community Foundation of East Central Illinois (CFECI) will join in a nationwide celebration, November 12-18, 2020, to recognize the increasingly important role these philanthropic organizations play in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. For more than a century, Community Foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource whose [...]

The Champaign County COVID-19 Relief Fund has approved $160,510 in grants to help K-12 students have a successful start to the new school year. Fund partners United Way of Champaign County and the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois have identified three critical needs: school supplies, education technology, and out of school support. This is [...]

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 [...]