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 [...]

Applications for the 2020 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 [...]

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, [...]