Betty Schmidt Endowment to Benefit Rural Adams and Brown Counties

A new fund, the Betty Schmidt Endowment, with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri has been established to benefit rural Adams County and Brown County.

Betty Schmidt grew up and lived most of her life in the Clayton and Golden area, graduating from Central High School and later working for nearly 35 years at Golden State Bank. Through her work at Golden State Bank and Brown County State Bank, she made many strong connections with people in the community and became a trusted part of their lives.

After Betty died in the summer of 2017 following a sudden illness, her son, Matt, established the Betty Schmidt Endowment to not only keep his mother’s memory alive, but to keep her spirit of caring for her community going strong. To honor his mother’s life and legacy, interest and earnings from the endowment will benefit projects that will help improve the lives of residents in Adams and Brown counties for years to come.

The endowment is also a way for those who knew Betty to honor her life, for example, through gifts to the fund on her birthday. Anyone can make a gift to any fund at any time to help it grow. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made to the Community Foundation, designated for the Betty Schmidt Endowment.

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri builds permanent charitable funds to assist area nonprofits and communities.

Its mission, “connecting people who care with causes that matter,” is achieved by gathering funds, growing them through investments, then granting to nonprofit organizations, causes or communities that mean the most to its donors.

Since 1997, the Community Foundation has made more than $5 million in grants. It serves 12-counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike in Illinois and Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe in Missouri.

The Community Foundation has IRS 501(c)(3) status, and contributions made to the Community Foundation generally qualify for the maximum allowable deductions for income and estate tax purposes.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email or go to or


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