Learn how to build an effective and efficient nonprofit board at Board Boot Camp with the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois


Champaign, Illinois (WCIA)

Founded in 1972, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois has distributed nearly $ 22 million in charitable giving to more than 450 nonprofit organizations that work to improve the quality of life in communities across the region. These charitable distributions include earmarked and non-earmarked contributions from foundations, area of ​​interest funds, funds recommended by donors, and grants.

We promote philanthropy in an impartial, unbiased, and ethical manner, with a commitment to inclusion, and we bring people and resources together to identify and address current and emerging community needs.

We manage more than 180 funds, and their total assets have grown from $ 1,300 in 1972 to more than $ 32 million today. The foundation distributes more than $ 1.5 million annually to nonprofits that provide vital services and enrichment to residents of east central Illinois.

We support other nonprofits by providing support, resources, and training through our Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

We help donors achieve their philanthropic goals. We provide convenient and flexible donation vehicles to serve donors. We believe everyone should experience the joy of making meaningful contributions to the community.

We use foundations as permanent tools to continuously support charitable causes. We promote unrestricted foundations because they meet the needs of future generations. We support communities and organizations in setting up foundations to ensure their continued success. We advise donors and their advisors to choose a planned donation solution that makes a lasting difference.

We give grants based on the greatest need in the community. We reflect the diversity of our community through our selection of grants, staff, volunteers, programs, and initiatives. We select boards of directors, employees and volunteers with the talent and expertise necessary to efficiently and effectively achieve our long-term goals. We insist on maintaining the highest standards of donor relationships, fund management, and promoting philanthropy.

We are non-profit, but do not collect through annual donations. We want to be careful not to be seen as competitors of the non-profit organizations we support. We work with donors to set up funds to provide permanent support to their preferred nonprofits.

We are celebrating our 50th anniversary this year. We are also offering a Board Bootcamp on February 23, which will focus on building effective and efficient nonprofit boards.

East Central Illinois Community Foundation
307 W. University Ave., Champaign, IL 61820



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