Area Not-for-Profits Awarded More Than $118,000 Through The Community Foundation’s Competitive Grant Program

Fifty-one area not-for-profits received a record $118,554 in competitive grant funding from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. A total of 58 grants, awarded from 41 endowment funds held at the Community Foundation, will support a wide range of local, charitable interests. The checks were awarded during a presentation at the Quincy Art Center in Quincy, IL.

The Community Foundation has made more than 3,500 grants totaling more than $5 million since 1999, providing local support for various programs and projects in the region.

“As we come to the end another summer season, we know that it will come again. And just like the perennial flowers that capture our eye, the vision and philanthropy of Community Foundation donors have made certain our community continues to bloom and grow,” said Philip Krupps, Community Foundation Board Chair. “We are honored to distribute more than $118,000 to causes that matter from people who truly care for their community. We ask you to continue to plant those perennial seeds in our community, and allow the Community Foundation to ensure our community grows.”

The Community Foundation annually accepts competitive grant applications from not-for-profit organizations in its 12-county region. A grant committee, comprised of volunteers and board members from the region, evaluates each application to determine awards. Grants are awarded for needs and opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services.

Earnings from endowment funds make today’s grants possible. The funds include:

  • Unrestricted Endowments, which enable the Community Foundation to make awards throughout the region,
  • Field of Interest Endowments, which have specific geographic or interest requirements,
  • Donor Advised Endowments, which consider recommendations made by a fund’s advisor, and
  • County Endowments, which benefit a specific county, advised by a council of county residents. Grants from County Endowment Funds will be presented at county-specific presentations.

The following funds supported the 2018 Competitive Grant program:

Unrestricted Endowment Funds, support grants for arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services in the Community Foundation’s 12-county service area:

  • Anonymous Funds (2)
  • Karl H. & Bobbi Bowles Family and Quincy Farm & Home Supply Company Fund
  • Dr. & Mrs. Merle F. Crossland Family Fund
  • Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment Fund
  • Angie (Fusselman) Mayes & Evelyn J. Fusselman Fund
  • Harry J. & Bernice M. Wissman Heidbreder Fund
  • Kirk Family Fund – Houston, Carolyn & Carson
  • Mrs. Arthur O. Lindsay Fund
  • Robert A. & Anne M. Mays Fund
  • Robert G. and Melva Campbell Riley Fund
  • Charles A. & Nancy Scholz Charitable Fund
  • Margaret J. Sinnock Fund
  • Bette J. Starnes Endowment
  • Grant L. and K. Georgann Sturhahn Fund
  • Dorothy L. Swallow Fund
  • Community Endowment Fund
  • Carl, Althea & Cathy Wiskirchen Endowment

Field of Interest Funds, support grants for specific interest or geographic areas:

  • Blessing Hospital Community Health Fund
  • Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts
  • Noma Meyers Eaton Fund
  • Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
  • Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
  • HOMEBANK Fund
  • HOMEBANK of Quincy Fund
  • Jane’s Kids’ Fund
  • G. Arthur (Art) Keller, Jr. Fund
  • William & Sheila Menke Endowment
  • Quincy Recycle Fund
  • James L. & Dorothy W. Rouner Fund
  • Alan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund
  • United States Founding Fathers Fund

County Endowment Funds, support not-for-profit organizations in a specific county:

  • Brown County Endowment Fund (IL)
  • Hancock County Endowment Fund (IL)
  • Lewis County Endowment Fund (MO)
  • Marion County Endowment Fund (MO)
  • Pike County Endowment Fund (IL)

Donor Advised Funds, allow a fund advisor to suggest grant recipients:

  • Green-Humphrey Family Fund for Music
  • Betty Schmidt Endowment
  • Quincy Breakfast Optimist Club Friend of Youth Fund
  • Ty Rylander Fund

These are among the more than 175 funds that support arts and culture, community betterment, education, health or human services.

This year’s grant recipients include:

Action Brown County Funding will provide general support to promote volunteerism in Brown County.
Alzheimer’s Association Illinois Chapter Funding will help increase education on Alzheimer’s care and support in the Quincy area through in-person programs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois Funding will support one-on-one mentoring programs in Adams, Brown and Pike Counties, Illinois.
Bowling Green R-1 School District Funds will be used to purchase social emotional wellness tools and sensory items to utilize in classrooms with children that have emotional and behavioral needs.
Catholic Charities Funding will support the 2019 Mobile Food Pantry in rural Adams, Brown and Pike Counties.
CHART Teen Task Force Funding will support safe sexuality education in northeast Missouri middle and high schools.
Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center Funds will be used to replace carpet in the infants, toddlers, and twos classrooms.
The Child Center, Inc. Funding will support school based body safety education programs in northeast Missouri schools.
Clover Road Christian Church Funds will be used to purchase supplies for a meal packing service project, which will be delivered to area food banks.
Communities Taking Action Inc. Funds will support a back-to-school event where students are supplied with items required by their teachers.
Community for Christ Assistance Center Funds will be used to purchase supplies for the Back to School Fair, providing backpacks, school supplies, shoes, haircuts, immunizations and dental screenings for children of CUSD#3.
Cornerstone Foundations for Families Funding will support the Comprehensive Youth Services program, providing mental health counseling and support services to youth age 18 and under with social, emotional and behavioral challenges.
Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) Funds will be used to purchase and safely install car seats to families in need.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Funds will be used to purchase and distribute food at no cost to food pantries in Lewis, Marion and Shelby Counties, MO.
Good Samaritan Home of Quincy Funding will be used to purchase lift chairs for Foose Center, a memory care neighborhood.
Great Rivers Council, BSA Funds will provide financial assistance to scouts in need for registration fees, uniform costs, books and local activities fees.
Grow Knox County Funds will assist Knox County communities with park funding and maintenance.
Hannibal Free Clinic, Inc. Funds will be used to provide the Pneumovax 23 vaccine to low-income patients with diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.
Hannibal-LaGrange University Funding will support the GateKeeper program, providing one-on-one mentoring to at-risk fourth and fifth grade students.
Heartland Resources, Inc. Funds will be used to purchase a freezer to store ingredients and meals that will be provided to Lewis County seniors in need.
The Heritage Seekers, Inc. Funds will support the restoration of the historic Jailer’s Home at the Old Marion County Jail in Palmyra, MO.

Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County
Funds will be used to refurbish a cupola at Quincy’s History Museum as part of an effort to refurbish the sculpture garden.
Horizons Social Services Funding will support operations of Horizon’s soup kitchen and food pantry.
Jackson Lincoln Swimming Complex Funds will support general operations of the pool.
John Wood Community College Foundation Funds will be used to purchase two accessible outdoor picnic tables for the Southeast Education Center in Pittsfield, IL.
Lewis County Fair Funds will support the renovation of the Lewis County Fair youth building, which hosts year-round community events.
Lewis County Food Pantry Funds will provide general support for the Lewis County Food Pantry, which assists 220 families each month with food.
Liberty Education Foundation Funds will support the Liberty Kidzpack Program, providing nutritious foods for Liberty School students to bring home on weekends.
Make-A-Wish Illinois Funds will support granting wishes of children in Adams, Brown, Hancock and/or Pike Counties, IL.
Mississippi Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America Funds will be used to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) experiences for local youth, and for the Positive Youth Development Program, assisting youth in overcoming education and career barriers.
Monroe City R-1 School District Funding will support a 5-day Artist in Residence workshop with the Quincy Community Theatre for 4th grade students at Monroe City R-1 School District and Holy Rosary School.
Network Knowledge/WQEC-TV/PBS Funds will be used to purchase a Ki Pro Ultra recorder and player to be used in the production of local programming, such as “Illinois Stories.”
North East Community Action Corporation Funding will be used to purchase canning supplies for the Shelby County Show Me Community Canning Kitchens project.
Northeast Missouri Humane Society Funding will support the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, providing low-cost spay-neuter opportunities for income-eligible community members.
Pike County Connections Funds will be used to purchase iPads to be used as teaching tools for persons on the autism spectrum.
Pike County Health Department/Pike County Dental Clinic Funds will be used to upgrade aged dental operatory lighting, used while providing basic preventative and restorative oral health for low-income patients.
Project Community Connect Funding will support a one-day, one-stop event for housing, support and quality life services for those who are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless in Ralls and Marion Counties, MO.
Quincy Art Center Funds will support youth education opportunities, including the smART Kids Program, outreach activities, low-income youth scholarship, tours and Hands On Connection.
Quincy Civic Music Association Funds will provide free admission for students to attend five concerts by nationally and internationally recognized performers.
Quincy Hospitality House Funding will help provide affordable, temporary lodging for those seeking medical care in the Quincy area.
The Quincy Museum Funds will be used to support the operational expenses of The Quincy Museum.
Quincy Public Library Funding will be used for the Little Read program, distributing free books to children in the community.
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association Funds will support youth music programs, including free in-school concerts, Youth Orchestra and Youth Choruses, and free admission to QSOA concerts for children.
Regional Office of Education Funds will be used to purchase books for the Ready. Set. Grow! Program, which educates parents on the brain-building power of talking and reading with children.
Salem Evangelical United Church of Christ Funds will help provide space and supplies to allow low- and no-income and homeless individuals to do laundry.
Salvation Army of Quincy Funding will be used to purchase iPads and locks for after-school, senior, and education programs, and for the LEAP (Life Employment Assistance Program) in Hannibal, assisting income-eligible individuals improve their job situation.
St. John’s Lutheran School & Preschool Funds will be used to purchase computers and projectors for the school and K-2 reading program.
Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Area Funds will be used for the Access Food program in which hunters can donate deer to be processed for free and donated to local food pantries.
United Way of the Mark Twain Area Funding will help with the purchase of a copier.
Western Illinois Dream Factory Funds will be used to grant dreams of critically and chronically ill children aged 3-18 in Adams, Brown, Hancock and/or Pike Counties, IL.
Western Illinois University Foundation Funds will be used for the Great River Teacher Corps program, which recruits and develops talented teachers to serve in rural western Illinois schools.


This year, five County Endowment Funds participated in the Competitive Grant process. Fund councils in Brown, Hancock and Pike County, IL and Lewis and Marion County, MO reviewed applications from local, eligible organizations and made recommendations on grants to be awarded to best serve each county’s needs and opportunities. Grants from County Endowment Funds will be presented at County Endowment awards ceremonies in each county in August and September.

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Community Foundation Elects New Board Member, Officers

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri recently elected officers and four new members to its Board of Directors at its annual meeting.

Philip Krupps, of Mt. Sterling, was elected board chair. He is president & CEO at Brown County State Bank in Mt. Sterling, IL. Krupps previously served as a board member from 2005-2011 and as board chair in 2010 and 2011. “It is a humbling pleasure to have the opportunity to serve not only the Community Foundation, but our community. The Community Foundation has become a pure reflection of the ideals and commitment of community to positively impact our neighbors well beyond our own individual efforts,” said Krupps.

Lydia Ahrens, of Hannibal, was elected vice chair. Ahrens is a community volunteer and previously served as secretary. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. Laura McReynolds, of Quincy, was elected secretary. McReynolds is a partner at Adams & McReynolds, LLC and has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. Erin Wharton, of Quincy, was re-elected treasurer. Erin has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. She is a partner at Gray Hunter Stenn LLP.

Mandar Dighe, of Quincy, James Hansen, of Quincy, Lynn House, of Payson, and Debbie Niederhauser, of Quincy, join the Community Foundation as board members.

Dighe is vice president of marketing at Knapheide Manufacturing Company. “I’m excited to join the board to gain a better understanding of how the Community Foundation helps all the worthy organizations and groups across the area. I’m looking forward to helping expand the reach of the Community Foundation,” said Dighe.

Hansen is partner at Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell LLP. “I am serving on the board to continue the work done by those before me that had the vision to create ways for people to give back to the community in which they live. I feel it is important for people to make sure they think about leaving behind something greater than when they were here,” said Hansen.

House is a community volunteer and brings experience in child care and health care. “I have spent many years serving on Boards of various local organizations who depend on funding from outside sources to continue to provide their much-needed services to our community. It is my hope, that by serving on the Community Foundation Board, I can in some way aid the growth and continued availability of funding for these local organizations,” said House.

Niederhauser is a retired educator, previously serving as regional superintendent in Adams and Pike counties. “The Community Foundation works tirelessly to better the lives of the people in West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri time and time again. When asked to join the Community Foundation’s board, I was humbled and so thrilled to be a part of this team. Their focus is to enrich the lives of our citizens and they do this in profound ways. I look forward to this opportunity to share in this work. Our area is better because of its efforts. It is a real asset to our area,” said Niederhauser.

The Board of Directors also includes:

  • Lance Grady of Mt. Sterling, owner of L. Grady Realty
  • Byron Webb of Palmyra, with The Webb Company
  • David Fox of Carthage, senior vice president at Marine Bank & Trust
  • Gordon Ipson of Hannibal, retired economic development director at Northeast Missouri Electric Power Coop
  • Bill Keller of Quincy, retired attorney at Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell
  • Brian Nation of Barry, vice president at Central State Bank in Kinderhook
  • Sharon Tenhouse of Liberty, retired educator with Liberty School District

The Board of Directors also recognized and thanked two retiring board members for their service. William McCleery, Jr. of Quincy, IL retires after serving since 2008, including two years as board chair in 2016 and 2017. McCleery is a partner with Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell. Julie Bowen of Quincy, IL retires after serving on the board since 2013. Bowen is senior vice president & director of marketing at Mercantile Bank.

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Zion Lutheran Early Childhood Endowment Established

Zion Lutheran Church and Preschool recently established a fund with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. The Zion Lutheran Early Childhood Endowment will provide long-term, permanent support for Zion’s preschool.

“Our Board of Education realized the need for a stable, predictable source of income for our organization,” said Regina Boyer, Chairman of the preschool’s board of education. “We began by asking our members to make a donation to honor Mrs. Luella Powell, who retired after 45 years of service to our preschool. Our members responded wonderfully. Their support will grow the endowment and ensure Christ-centered, early childhood education is available in our community.”

Former Zion Lutheran Preschool Director Luella Powell said, “I would like to thank all who have contributed. Thank you to Amy Lehenbauer for presenting the idea to begin this fund for the future of our children.”

“The goal of the Zion Lutheran Early Childhood Education Program is to meet the needs of the Whole Child in an environment that also nurtures the spiritual growth of the child.  Jesus is the model we follow. Working with the Community Foundation to manage and administer the endowment allows us to focus on our mission,” Boyer added.

 “This fund will serve as a resource for the work we do in Palmyra,” said Pastor Wes Gehrke. “Those who want to assure our organization’s mission continues can support the fund by making a gift of any amount at any time to help it grow.”

Donors can make their gift to the Community Foundation noting that the gift is for the Zion Lutheran Early Childhood Endowment. Gifts for the Zion Lutheran Endowment Fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law because the Community Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status.  It accepts a variety of gifts including cash, stocks, grain, real estate, life insurance, IRAs and more.

“We’re grateful that Zion Lutheran Church and Preschool has entrusted us with this fund,” said Jill Arnold Blickhan, Community Foundation President & CEO.  “Our experience enables us to assist anyone with an interest to ‘give while they live’ or plan for their legacy. We work confidentiality with donors and their professional advisors in the gift process.”

To make gifts or learn more about the fund, contact:

Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri

Phone: (217) 222-1237

Email: ceo@mycommunityfoundation.org or info@mycommunityfoundation.org

Web: www.mycommunityfoundation.org

Fax: (217) 222-2260

4531 Maine Suite A, Quincy, IL 62305

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 ceo@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

 

 

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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 outreach@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

 

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Community Foundation celebrates first 20 years of assistance

By Steve Eighinger Herald-Whig
Posted: Oct. 28, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 29, 2017 12:00 am

 

Joanne Dedert is always quick to sing the praises of the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

Dedert is executive director of Madonna House, which serves individuals and families in crisis and whose services are strengthened by financial support from the Community Foundation.

“Organizations like ours are like spokes in a wheel, and the foundation is the wheel that moves us forward,” Dedert said. “We couldn’t do the work we do without the support we get from the foundation.”

The Community Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary in November.

From day one — Nov. 26, 1997 — the Community Foundation has built upon and stayed true to a mission statement that is punctuated by “connecting people who care with causes that matter.”

Jill Arnold Blickhan is the president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation, a position that admittedly allows her a tremendous amount of satisfaction.

Blickhan enjoys pointing out the Community Foundation began with $1,050. She now manages a fund totaling $35 million. More than 2,700 grants totaling more than $4 million have been awarded in the last 20 years.

“The most gratifying part of this are the people, those donors who are looking far beyond themselves to make a difference,” said Blickhan, who has headed the Community Foundation for 16 years. “The donors, the board members, the team members are all working to make this region better, both now and in the future.

“People who give and invest in the Community Foundation are visionaries, whether they realize it or not.”

 

‘Planting the seed’

One of those visionaries is Dennis Everly of Quincy, who has had a key role in helping establish several different funds that serve a variety of needs on both sides of the Mississippi River.

“These funds will keep giving and giving,” Everly said. “(The foundation) is a great thing for the community.”

Everly said he became involved with the Community Foundation through the advice of his financial planner. He said he began to realize the importance of “planting the seed” for future generations.

The Community Foundation achieves a large percentage of its goals through endowment funds. Donations are grown through investments, and grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations, causes or communities that mean the most to foundation donors.

Most endowments are designed to keep the principal amount intact while using the investment income from dividends for charitable efforts. Endowments can be set up for purposes ranging from higher education to the well-being of pets.

The Community Foundation is managing more than 170 different charitable and endowment funds. Blickhan said more than $700,000 worth of grants have been awarded this year, a figure that includes more than $108,000 in competitive grants.

A Community Foundation grant committee, comprising volunteers and board members from the region, evaluates each application. Grants are awarded for needs and opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education and health and human services.

Projects or programs receiving grants must fall within the Community Foundation’s 12-county area of Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike counties in Illinois; and Clark, Knox, Lewis, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls and Shelby counties in Missouri.

 

Building for future

Ralph Oakley, who was the founding chairman of the Community Foundation, oversaw the organization’s formation in West-Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri after seeing the positive effects of a similar organization in Elkhart, Ind.

Oakley, who had lived for a period in Elkhart, invited representatives from that city to meet with civic leaders here to lay the groundwork for what eventually became the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri.

There is one element connected with the Community Foundation that is particularly attractive to Oakley.

“People can give at any level, and for any purpose,” said Oakley, who is president and CEO of Quincy Media Inc., which publishes The Herald-Whig. “It has been gratifying to see the (Community Foundation’s) fund grow over the past 20 years. The foundation is doing good work today, and it will be doing good work 50 years from now.”

Amanda Goings, the business manager at Cheerful Home Child Care and Learning Center, said Community Foundation grants not only have assisted with physical needs but in other areas, too.

“The Community Foundation has also helped us focus on development, in areas such as fundraising,” Goings said.

William McCleery Jr. of Quincy is chairman of the board for the Community Foundation. He’s excited about what its future holds.

“The impact of the foundation will continue to grow as assets increase,” said McCleery, a partner in the law firm of Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP.

From the Community Foundation’s inception, it took 10 years for the organization to reach $1 million in grants, five more years to reach the second million, less than two years to reach the third million and two years to surpass the fourth million.

“The foundation has made a lot of progress the first 20 years, and will make even more the next 20,” McCleery said.

Tracy Hagman says the foundation’s name is apropos.

“The Community Foundation is exactly that — it’s all about community,” said Hagman, director of fund development and public relations at the Sunset Home care facility. “The community is lucky to have such (an organization).”

Hagman said the foundation offers individuals and groups the chance to offer support for a cause or a need they are passionate about.

“It’s a great way to serve,” Hagman said. “We’re all in this together.”

 

HOW TO GIVE

The Community Foundation’s online application is at mycommunityfoundation.org.

For more information about the grant program or to schedule an appointment for application review, applicants may contact Catherine Bocke, program and outreach coordinator, at 217-222-1237 or grants@mycommunityfoundation.org.

Applications for funding are accepted from 501(c)(3) not-for-profits, religious organizations and organizations classified as government units, if applying for public and charitable purposes.

 

20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri is celebrating its 20th anniversary in November, highlighted by a Nov. 4 “Roaring 20th Gala” at Town and Country Inn & Suites in Quincy.

The celebration will showcase the organization’s inaugural Vision Awards that will pay tribute to “an extraordinary spirit of forward-thinking philanthropy” in the 12-county area the Community Foundation serves.

The inaugural Vision Award recipients are the Great River Economic Development Foundation, Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust, Mercantile Bank, the late William Myers of the Elkhart (Ind.) Community Foundation, Thomas A. and Anne M. Oakley and the Oakley-Lindsay Foundation of Quincy Media, Inc.

All of the honorees are members of the Community Foundation’s Founder’s Circle and helped create the foundation on Nov. 26, 1997.

The Roaring 20th Gala will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing and entertainment by the Matt McCallie Orchestra.

The public is invited to attend. Tickets for the gala are $75 each. Tables of eight may be reserved for $600 and tables of 10 for $750.

Reservations may be made by calling 217-222-1237.

More information is available at mycommunityfoundation.org or facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

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Area Not-for-Profits Awarded More Than $100,000 Through Competitive Grant Program

Forty-two area not-for-profits today received a record $108,927 in competitive grant funding from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. The grants, awarded from 39 endowment funds held at the Community Foundation, will support a wide range of local, charitable interests. The checks were awarded during a presentation at Cheerful Home in Quincy, IL.

As of today’s awards, the Community Foundation has made more than 2,500 grants totaling more than $4 million since 1999, providing local support for various programs and projects in the region.

“These grants are a testament to the generosity of this region, and watching the amount we’re able to distribute grow year after year demonstrates the power of endowment,” said Bill McCleery, Jr., Community Foundation Board of Directors Chair. “This year’s grants will touch individuals in every county in our service area, providing support not only for needs, but opportunities.”

The Community Foundation annually accepts competitive grant applications from not-for-profit organizations. A grant committee, comprised of volunteers and board members from the region, evaluates each application to determine awards. Grants are awarded for needs and opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services.

Earnings from endowment funds make today’s grants possible. The funds include:

o   Unrestricted Endowments, which enable the Community Foundation to make awards throughout the region,

o   Field of Interest Endowments, which have specific geographic or interest requirements,

o   Donor Advised Endowments, which consider recommendations made by a fund’s advisor, and

o   County Endowments, which benefit a specific county, advised by a council of county residents. Grants from County Endowment Funds will be presented at county-specific presentations.

 

The following funds supported the 2017 Competitive Grant program:

 

Unrestricted Endowment Funds, support grants for arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services in the Community Foundation’s 12-county service area:

  • Anonymous Funds (2)
  • Karl H. & Bobbi Bowles Family and Quincy Farm & Home Supply Company Fund
  • Dr. & Mrs. Merle F. Crossland Family Fund
  • Harry Channon Eaton Family Endowment Fund
  • Angie (Fusselman) Mayes & Evelyn J. Fusselman Fund
  • Harry J. & Bernice M. Wissman Heidbreder Fund
  • Mrs. Arthur O. Lindsay Fund
  • Robert A. & Anne M. Mays Fund
  • Robert G. and Melva Campbell Riley Fund
  • Charles A. & Nancy Scholz Charitable Fund
  • Margaret J. Sinnock Fund
  • Bette J. Starnes Endowment
  • Grant L. and K. Georgann Sturhahn Fund
  • Dorothy L. Swallow Fund
  • Community Endowment Fund
  • Carl, Althea & Cathy Wiskirchen Endowment

 

Field of Interest Funds, support grants for specific interest or geographic areas:

  • Blessing Hospital Community Health Fund
  • Jayne & Leroy Boeckelman Fund for Young Musicians
  • Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts
  • Noma Meyers Eaton Fund
  • Paul H. & Anne B. Gardner Memorial Fund
  • Grace United Methodist Church of Quincy Fund
  • HOMEBANK Fund
  • HOMEBANK of Quincy Fund
  • Jane’s Kids’ Fund
  • G. Arthur (Art) Keller, Jr. Fund
  • William & Sheila Menke Endowment
  • Quincy Recycle Fund
  • James L. & Dorothy W. Rouner Fund
  • Alan L. Stiegemeier and Mary Ellen Stiegemeier Charitable Fund

 

County Endowment Funds, support not-for-profit organizations in a specific county:

  • Brown County Endowment Fund (IL)
  • Hancock County Endowment Fund (IL)
  • Lewis County Endowment Fund (MO)
  • Marion County Endowment Fund (MO)
  • Pike County Endowment Fund (IL)

 

Donor Advised Funds, allow a fund advisor to suggest grant recipients:

  • Sarah Christine Birsic Memorial Fund
  • Green-Humphrey Family Fund for Music
  • Mercantile Endowment Fund

 

These are among the more than 175 funds that support arts and culture, community betterment, education, health or human services.

 

This year’s grant recipients include:

Advocacy Network for Children Funds will support an abuse prevention and safety skills program to children in Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike Counties from pre-k through first grade.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois Funds will support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program in Adams, Brown and Pike County Illinois.
Central Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Funds will be used for educational and support programs for those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Chaddock Funding will be used to purchase and install bike racks for Chaddock clients.
CHART Teen Task Force Funding will support safe sexuality education for Northeast Missouri middle and high schools.
Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center Funding will be used to purchase and install lockers for school-aged children.
Community for Christ Assistance Center Funding will support Community for Christ’s annual back to school fair, providing students with school supplies, winter coats and hat

 

Cornerstone Foundations for Families Funding will support Comprehensive Youth Services, providing mental health counseling and support services to youth under age 18.
Culver-Stockton College Funding will provide a large interactive screen for experiential learning in the Carolyn L. and Robert W. Brown Residence Hall.
Douglass Community Services/Kids in Motion Program Funds will be used to support the Teens in Motion program, providing at-risk youth work with career building opportunities, continuing education and resume writing support.
Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) Funds will provide Marion and Ralls county residents in need with useful household items and supplies at no charge.
Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) Funds will be used to purchase school supplies for a city-wide Back 2 School Supply Drive, providing school supplies for in-need students.
Families and Communities Together (F.A.C.T.) Funds will be used for supplies and marketing of a one-day event providing social services to people in need in Ralls and Marion, Counties.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Funds will support the Transform UR Future violence prevention program for boys and girl in grades K-12, presented by Girl Scout staff.
Hancock County Health and Wellness Coalition Funds will be used to purchase and ultrasonic cleaner and basket for the Hancock County Dental Clinic, which serves children and adults in Hancock County and the surrounding area.
Hannibal Free Clinic, Inc. Funds will provide pharmacy supplies to low-income patients.
Heartland Resources, Inc. Funds will be used to purchase a commercial mixer for the central kitchen, which prepares congregate and home delivery meals.
Historic Bethel German Colony Funding will be used to purchase required school supplies for in-need students K-12 in Shelby County school districts.
Horizons Social Services of Adams County Funds will support Horizon’s food relief programs, including its food pantry and soup kitchen.
John Wood Community College Foundation Funds will be used to purchase equipment for a community meeting space at the Southeast Education Center in Pike County, IL.
John Wood Community College Foundation Funds will support the College for Life program, offering educational programming for those with intellectual/developmental disabilities.
Junior Achievement Funds will provide general support to Junior Achievement, which provides curriculum at no cost to schools that teach students finance, job and entrepreneurial skills.

 

Little Panther Athletics Funds will be used to update a baseball diamond in Camp Point to be used for the Adams County Youth League baseball and softball programs.
Madonna House Funding will support the Adams County Healthy Food Distribution, formerly known as the Mobile Food Pantry.
Madonna House Funding will be used to market the Prevention Program targeting the prevention of homelessness- including the Everyday Life Skills sessions- and renew hotspot internet access for group and individual sessions.
Make-A-Wish Illinois Funding will help grant the wish of an Adams, Brown, Hancock or Pike County, IL child facing medical challenges.
Mark Twain Museum Funds will support “The Inspiration for Tom Sawyer,” a dramatic presentation from Mark Twain’s writing and autobiography.
Mental Health Centers of Western IL Funds will be used to purchase three Automated External Defibrillators at their locations in Mt. Sterling, Pittsfield and Carthage.
Monroe City R-1 School District Funds will be used to update two middle school special education classes to create an environment conducive to learning for a variety of special needs. The funding will allow the school district to furnish the rooms with seating and therapeutic aids that will enhance the student’s learning experience based on their individual needs.
Network Knowledge WQEC-TV/PBS Funds will go to purchasing a radio frequency detector board which is vital to providing a broadcast signal.
Pike County Health Department/Pike County Dental Clinic Funds will be used to develop and present an oral health program at all Pike County elementary schools and Pittsfield PACT Head Start.
Pikeland Unit CUSD 10/South Elementary School Funding will be used to implement a digital reading program at South Elementary School, granting students access to more than 5,700 digital books.
Quincy Art Center Funds will support the smART Kids Program, Outreach Activities, Low-Income Youth Scholarships, and the Tour and Hands On Connection.
Quincy Hospitality House Funds will support operations of the Quincy Hospitality House, providing low-cost, temporary lodging for patients and loved ones seeking medical treatment in Quincy.
Quincy Public Library Funding will support the Little Read program, which distributes books to children at no cost.
Quincy Society of Fine Arts Funds will be used for Instant Arts Dollars, providing support for classroom-based art programs and Arts Dollars, which provides support for area arts organizations.

 

Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association Funding will support youth programs, including free admission for youth to QSOA concerts, the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra and Chorus and the annual Young People’s Concerts.
Salvation Army of Quincy Funding will support the Life Employment Assistance Program in Quincy, helping income-eligible individuals improve their current job situation.
Salvation Army of Quincy (Hannibal location) Funding will support the Life Employment Assistance Program in Hannibal, helping income-eligible individuals improve their current job situation.
The Child Center, Inc. Funding will provide body safety prevention education programs for children pre-K through middle school throughout Northeast Missouri.

 

The Child Center, Inc. Funding will provide body safety prevention education programs for children pre-K through middle school in Lewis County.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Funds will be used to provide food to Lewis County food pantries.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Funds will be used to provide food to the Palmyra Food Pantry.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri Funds will be used to provide food to Shelby County food pantries.
Transitions of Western Illinois Funding will be used to purchase a whiteboard for the Transitions School.
Twin Pike Family YMCA Funding will support the Reach & Rise mentoring program, offering science and cultural educational activities to at-risk children in Pike County, MO and Pike County, IL.
Two Rivers Resource Conservation & Development Funds will support the Access Food program in which hunters can donate deer to be processed and given to local food pantries.
United Way of the Great River Region Funds will support the continued contract with an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, providing literacy programing in elementary schools in Hancock County, IL and Clark County, MO.
YWCA of Quincy Funding will support the Permanent Supportive Housing Program, providing housing and supportive services to help women in-need become economically self-sufficient.

 

This year, five County Endowment Funds participated in the Competitive Grant process. Fund councils in Brown, Hancock and Pike County, IL and Lewis and Marion County, MO reviewed applications from local, eligible organizations and made recommendations on grants to be awarded to best serve each county’s needs and opportunities. Grants from County Endowment Funds will be presented at County Endowment awards ceremonies in each county in August and September

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 $4 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 grants@mycommunityfoundation.org

or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

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Local Students Receive $20,000 in Scholarships from the Community Foundation

Sixteen area students pursuing higher education and a local teacher are being awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and recognition awards from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri.

Recipients of the scholarships, most of which come from permanently endowed funds at the Community Foundation, will receive financial support towards the accredited post-secondary institution they are attending in the 2017-2018 school year. One fund also provides a teacher recognition award and grant to provide classroom resources.

Each scholarship fund has its own criteria representing the donor’s or honoree’s interests or legacy. A portion of the earnings of each fund is reinvested for continued growth, providing future scholarships and awards to deserving students.

This year’s recipients include:

  • Jacob Schumacher, a student at Quincy University, received the Amelia E. Bauner, Frances A. Hall, and Walter J. Hall Scholarship.
  • Tanner Stratton, a student at John Wood Community College, received the George & Sharen Borrowman Agriculture Scholarship.
  • Samantha Reed, a graduate of Quincy Senior High School, received the Becky Swisher Crowe Memorial Scholarship.
  • Eric Jones, a graduate of Hannibal High School, received the Hannibal High School Class of 1955 Scholarship.
  • Rebecca Giles, graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, received the Virginia Kaye Leinweber Leeds Scholarship.
  • Charlotte Sullivant, a graduate of Quincy Senior High School, received the Kenneth and Eleanor Lohr Memorial Scholarship.
  • Austin Ward, a graduate of Western High School, received the Dorothy J. Motley Memorial Scholarship.
  • Taylor Gonnerman, a graduate of Highland High School, and Jackson Barry, a graduate of Canton R-V High School, received scholarships from the Ben C. and Etta M. Plank Memorial Fund.
  • Luke Engelmeyer, a graduate of Quincy Senior High School, received the Quincy High School Class of 1957 Scholarship.
  • Chloe Churchwell, a graduate of Palmyra Senior High School, received a scholarship from the Teresa Lynn Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund.
  • Shannon DeHaan, Cooper Sutter, Trevor DeHaan and Ben Althoff, graduates of Palmyra Senior High School, received and renewed scholarships from the Alton A. Vannice FFA Leadership Fund.
  • Richard Kell, a graduate of Canton R-V High School, received the Tom and Judy Zenge Fund Scholarship.
  • Chad Morss, a teacher at Canton R-V High School, received the Tom and Judy Zenge Fund Teacher Recognition Award.

Amelia A. Bauner, Frances A. Hall and Walter J. Hall Scholarship Fund – Quincy University

Jacob Schumacher is a student at Quincy University majoring in education. He plans to pursue a teaching career following graduation in December 2017.

The Amelia E. Bauner, Frances A. Hall, and Walter J. Hall Scholarship Fund annually provides a scholarship to aid in the payment of tuition to students residing in Adams County and who are enrolled at Quincy University pursuing a degree in education. Amelia Bauner, a retired teacher with a continuous service record of 44 years in the Quincy Public Schools, died May 2008 at the age of 99. “Mrs. Bauner had very little family, but many friends. She wanted to do something for the community and to honor her brother and sister,” stated her attorney.

George & Sharen Borrowman Agriculture Scholarship Fund – John Wood Community College

Tanner Stratton of Quincy, IL is a 2017 graduate of John Wood Community College. He will attend Western Illinois University this fall where he will major in agronomy.

The George & Sharen Borrowman Agriculture Scholarship Fund provides one or more scholarships for a former student or graduate of John Wood Community College entering his or her junior or senior year at an accredited college or university pursuing a bachelor’s degree with a major in an agricultural-related field. Sharen Borrowman established this scholarship in memory of her husband, George, who died in 2009. George was a third generation farmer in Pike County, IL. “Farming was his life,” said Sharen. “I want to help with someone’s education and to honor George and his life.”

Becky Swisher Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund – Quincy (IL) Senior High School

Samantha Reed is a 2017 graduate of Quincy Senior High School. Samantha will attend John Wood Community College where she will major in education. Samantha is the daughter of Ann and Casey Reed.

The Becky Swisher Crowe Memorial Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship at an accredited two-year or four-year institution for a Quincy High School senior intending to pursue a degree in education. Becky Swisher Crowe taught at Quincy Junior High School and Quincy Senior High School. She was killed March 9, 1979 in an automobile accident on her way to work. Her colleagues immediately set up a scholarship in her name. “Becky loved kids and teaching,” said her best friend Karen Bottorff. “Whenever she was around, it was a happier place.” In 2006, the scholarship was transferred to the Community Foundation to ensure Becky’s name and legacy endured.

Hannibal High School Class of 1955 Scholarship Fund – Hannibal (MO) High School

Eric Jones is a 2017 graduate of Hannibal High School. Eric will attend Missouri State University where he will major in pre-physical therapy and minor in business and entrepreneurship. He is the son of Eric and Talia Jones of Hannibal.

The Hannibal High School Class of 1955 Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship to a Hannibal High School graduate who will be attending an accredited post-secondary institution for tuition, room and board, fees and/or books, and related expenses.

At its 50th reunion, two members of the Hannibal High School Class of 1955 challenged others to establish a scholarship to give back to the community and school that were so important to them during their formative years. Forty-six members made founding gifts to establish this scholarship fund in 2005.

Virginia Kaye Leinweber Leeds Scholarship Fund – Pleasant Hill (IL) High School

Rebecca Giles is a 2017 graduate of Pleasant Hill (IL) High School. Rebecca will attend MacMurry College and pursue a career in nursing. She is the daughter of Mike and Dolly Giles of Pleasant Hill, IL.

The family of Virginia ‘Ginger’ Leeds established the fund as a tribute to the health care professionals who took care of Ginger when hospitalized. Although Ginger was confined to a wheelchair at age 33, she kept her enthusiasm for life and sense of humor. She returned to college at age 43 where she completed her bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees.

The Virginia Kaye Leinweber Leeds Scholarship Fund provides a scholarship to Pleasant Hill High School graduates interested in pursuing the field of nursing. “Mom loved young people

and wanted to see everyone have the opportunity to go to college,” says her daughter, Leah Erke. “I chose the field of nursing as a way to honor all of the nurses who cared for her.”

Kenneth and Eleanor Lohr Memorial Scholarship Fund – Quincy (IL) Senior High School

Charlotte Sullivant is a 2017 graduate of Quincy Senior High School. Charlotte will attend Drake University, where she will complete undergraduate work to pursue a career as a pharmacist. Charlotte is the daughter of Christine Sullivant of Quincy.

The Kenneth and Eleanor Lohr Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by the daughters of Kenneth and Eleanor Lohr to honor their parents’ passion and life working in the pharmaceutical profession. Mr. Lohr felt strongly that a pharmacist should focus on medical issues and serving the public. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of excellence in the field. He encouraged young people to pursue the pharmaceutical profession. Mrs. Lohr was a registered nurse who supported her husband’s dream and worked by his side at Lohr’s Prescription Shop.

Dorothy J. Motley Memorial Scholarship Fund – Western (IL) High School

Austin Ward is a 2017 graduate of Western High School in Barry, Illinois. Austin will attend Culver-Stockton College where he will major in nursing. Austin is the son of Patrick and Tina Ward of Hull, IL.

The Dorothy J. Motley Memorial Scholarship Fund was established as part of Mrs. Motley’s will to assist a Barry High School student attending college. “Mrs. Motley was very quaint and lived quietly,” said Debbie Harshman, owner of The Paper in Barry. “She made (people) feel so special. That quality is priceless…making others feel special.” The scholarship for a graduate of the former Barry, now Western, High School helps with expenses for attending an accredited post-secondary institution.

Ben C. & Etta M. Plank Memorial Fund – Canton High School and Highland High School

Jackson Barry is a 2017 graduate of Canton High School. Jackson will attend Missouri University of Science and Technology where he will major in engineering. He is the son of Patti Mathison and Jay Barry of Canton, MO.

Taylor Gonnerman is a 2017 graduate of Highland High School. Taylor will attend Moberly Area Community College. She is the daughter of Chris and Tracy Gonnerman of LaBelle, MO.

Dorothy Plank established the Ben C. and Etta M. Plank Memorial Fund, in honor of her parents, through her trust. The scholarship is for students graduating from Canton High School or Highland High School, Lewis County, Missouri to help fund college tuition. The endowed fund will continue to provide support for students continuing their education for years to come.

Dorothy Plank was a modest person who did not draw attention to herself. She thought long and hard about what she wanted to do to benefit others. A longtime friend and her attorney both agreed that while living she would not have wanted people to know her estate plans. They also agree that what Miss Plank did serves as an example for others to consider when planning for charitable causes.

Alton A. Vannice FFA Leadership Fund – Palmyra High School

Shannon DeHaan is a 2017 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School. Shannon will attend Lake Land Community College in Mattoon, IL where she will major in agricultural education. She is the daughter of Kevin and Diane DeHaan of Taylor, MO.

Cooper Sutter, a 2016 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School, attends the University of Missouri and majors in crop management. Sutter received his second year of the renewable scholarship.

Trevor DeHaan, a 2015 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School, attends Kansas State University where he majors in animal nutrition. Trevor DeHann received his third year of the renewable scholarship.

Ben Althoff, a 2014 graduate of Palmyra R-1 High School, attends Northwest Missouri State University where he majors in agronomy with a concentration in precision and commercial agriculture. Althoff received his fourth and final year of the renewable scholarship.

In 2012 Alton Vannice’s wife Joyce, and their family, decided to honor Alton’s legacy of agricultural leadership by establishing the Alton A. Vannice FFA Leadership Fund. The family endowed a scholarship for the further education of Palmyra FFA students who show outstanding leadership qualities and seek to enter agricultural careers. Alton Vannice was a 10th generation farmer who learned the skills of leadership through his experiences in the Palmyra FFA Chapter. Alton’s beliefs in his community and in agriculture were expressed as he served on numerous committees and boards throughout his farming career. He gladly served in these   capacities and others because he believed in the values espoused in the FFA creed: leadership, respect, the ability to work efficiently and think clearly, and in the promise of better days through better ways.

Quincy High School Class of 1957 Scholarship Fund – Quincy (IL) Senior High School

Luke Engelmeyer, a 2017 graduate of Quincy Senior High School, is the recipient of the Quincy High School Class of 1957 Scholarship. He will attend Wheaton College and major in psychology and English.

The scholarship was initiated with a gift from Dr. John E. Sallstrom to commemorate the 50th Reunion of the QHS Class of 1957.  “The scholarship fund should help the recipients continue their chosen career paths and motivate them to strive for excellence in their lives,” says Dr. Sallstrom. “If it encourages other individuals and classes to do something similar in the future, the whole community will be enriched.” The Quincy High School Class of 1957 Scholarship

Fund provides one or more scholarships to a Quincy High School graduate who will be attending an accredited, four-year post-secondary institution for tuition, room and board, fees and/or books, and related expenses.

Teresa Lynn Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund – Palmyra (MO) High School

Chloe Churchwell is a 2017 graduate of Palmyra R-I High School. Chloe will attend Moberly Area Community College where she will major in elementary education. She is the daughter of Eric and Cara Churchwell of Palmyra, MO.

The Teresa Lynn Thompson Memorial Scholarship Fund was established with memorials and donations made following Teresa’s death in May 2004. The scholarship assists a Palmyra High School student attending a post-secondary school. Teresa’s roots were in Palmyra. She had many family and friends there. She spent her life’s work in radio. Her ability to work and deal with people earned her great respect, according to her employer and friend, Bud Janes, former owner of Bick Broadcasting.

Tom and Judy Zenge Fund – Canton (MO) R-V High School

Richard Kell is a 2017 graduate of Canton R-V High School. Richard will attend Missouri University of Science and Technology where he will major in chemical engineering. Richard is the son of David and Cindy Kell of Canton, MO.

The student scholarship recipient recommends selection of the teacher award recipient. The primary consideration is for the teacher who has been most influential in helping the student to achieve academic success. Mr. Chad Morss is a high school math teacher at Canton R-V High School. With the award, Mr. Morss will use the award to purchase Smart Notebook software and an Apple TV for the school.

The Zenges established their fund in 2006 with the Community Foundation to provide annual scholarship and teacher recognition awards at Canton R-V High School. The scholarship provided by the Tom and Judy Zenge Fund encourages the best and brightest young men and women to enter technical careers, whether engineering, research, teaching, manufacturing or other related fields. The teacher award recognizes a teacher that continues to make learning a lifelong passion.

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 $4 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 ceo@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

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Community Foundation Elects New Board Member, Officers

The Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri elected officers and a new member to its Board of Directors at its annual meeting on January 24.

William McCleery, Jr., of Quincy, IL, was re-elected Board Chair. He is a partner with Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell LLP. “It is a privilege to continue serving as Board Chair and an honor to work alongside the Board and staff who are dedicated to improving the quality of life in our region. I look forward to helping advance the Community Foundation’s mission and fostering its increasing impact in the 12 counties we serve,” said McCleery.

Philip Krupps, of Mt. Sterling, IL, was elected Vice Chair. Krupps is President & CEO at Brown County State Bank in Mt. Sterling, IL. He previously served the Community Foundation 2005-2009 as a Board member and 2010 and 2011 as Board Chair. “I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve as Vice Chair because I am a steward of so many people’s legacies and I take that responsibility with the highest regard. My role is to create the greatest impact for those legacies. For that, we will all be more,” said Krupps.

Brian Nation, of Barry, IL, joins the Community Foundation as a Board member. He is Vice President with Central State Bank in Kinderhook. Until his appointment to the Board, Nation served as council chair of the Pike County Endowment Fund with the Community Foundation, of which he remains a council member. Says Nation of his new role, “Keeping local assets local has always been important to me and the Community Foundation has done outstanding work in that regard. I’m excited and honored to expand my role with the Foundation and am looking forward to continued growth – both of the endowment and of its positive impacts on our local communities.”

Lydia Aherns, a community volunteer of Hannibal, MO, was re-elected Board Secretary. Erin Wharton, of Quincy, IL, was re-elected Board Treasurer. She is a Certified Public Accountant with Gray Hunter Stenn LLP.

The Board of Directors also includes:

  • Julie Bowen of Quincy, Senior Vice President & Director of Marketing at United Community Bancorp, Inc.
  • Lance Grady of Mt. Sterling, owner of L. Grady Realty.
  • Laura McReynolds of Quincy, with Adams & McReynolds LLP.
  • Tanya Moore of Quincy, with Quincy University.
  • Byron Webb of Palmyra, with The Webb Company.
  • David Fox of Carthage, Senior Vice President at Marine Bank & Trust.
  • Holly Griffen of Hannibal, Director of Children’s Mental Health at Preferred Family Healthcare.
  • Gordon Ipson of Hannibal, retired Economic Development Director at Northeast Missouri Electric Power Coop.
  • Bill Keller of Quincy, retired attorney at Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell,
  • Sharon Tenhouse of Liberty, retired educator with Liberty School District.

The Board of Directors also recognized and thanked two retiring Board Members for their service. Andy Sprague of Barry, IL retires after six years of service, including two years as Board Chair in 2014 and 2015. He is owner of Sprague’s Kinderhook Lodge and Sprague Farms. Blake Roderick of Pittsfield, IL also retires after six years of service, including serving 2014-2016 on the Community Foundation’s Executive Committee. He is Executive Director of the Pike County Farm Bureau.

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Community Foundation Executive Director Named President & CEO

The Board of Directors of the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri has announced that Jill Arnold Blickhan has been advanced to President & CEO effective January 1, 2017.

Blickhan has served as Executive Director of the Community Foundation since October 2001.

“This appointment signifies the Community Foundation’s growth as well as the responsibilities of the person leading it,” said Board Chair William McCleery, Jr. “As the Community Foundation continues to grow in both resources and impact, the Board of Directors recognizes the need to elevate and empower its leadership.”

Blickhan is responsible for the Community Foundation’s leadership, management and development. During her time as Executive Director, the Community Foundation’s assets have grown from $500,000 to $30 million with more than $4 million granted to date from 170 charitable funds. She is a member and secretary of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations, member of the Alliance of Missouri Community Foundations, a 2014 participate of Leadership Illinois and has completed the National Planned Giving Institute Program.

Prior to the Community Foundation, Blickhan spent many years working in the tri-state region for not-for-profits as an executive director and development director. Her career also includes experience in higher education admissions, alumni relations, and public relations in northeast Missouri and Kansas. She began her career teaching secondary English, journalism and psychology in northwest Iowa.

Blickhan was raised in Fowler, Illinois, graduated from Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, and did some graduate coursework at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois.

The Community Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization connecting people who care with causes that matter. Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri, it builds permanent charitable funds to address significant needs and opportunities now and in the future.

Founded in 1997, the Community Foundation provides a simple, yet effective, approach to charitable giving, helping individuals, families and organizations reach their philanthropic goals.

It 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. While the Community Foundation focuses on funds created on a permanent basis, it does accept funds that serve a more limited purpose.

More than $4 million has been distributed since the Community Foundation began making grants in 1999. These grants have helped more than 200 organizations serving communities in 12 counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike, Illinois; Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe, Missouri.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email grants@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

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Grants Give Local Youth Programs a Boost

Fifteen area not-for-profits were awarded more than $21,000 in grants today from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund with the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. Friends and family of Samantha Otte gathered at the Quincy Art Center to present grants that will benefit hundreds area of youth for artistic, leadership, and humanitarian efforts.

The Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund has awarded more than $308,000 since it was established in late 2000. The Fund honors Samantha Otte, who died in March 2000 at age 10 after a liver transplant necessitated by cystic fibrosis.

“Support from the Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund helps provide art experiences to schools that do not have visual art education on a regular basis. With the grant awarded today, students will receive art lessons in the classroom and a tour and hands-on experience at the Quincy Art Center,” said Jennifer Teter, Quincy Art Center Executive Director.

The Samantha Otte Youth Opportunity Fund was supported until 2014 by proceeds from the Sammy Fund Weekend. In 2015, the Quincy Breakfast Kiwanis Club announced it would continue a Sammy & Kids Golf Outing and donate a portion of the proceeds to the Fund for continued growth.

“We are incredibly grateful for all the goodness area children will enjoy in Samantha’s memory. The grants awarded today will help teach life-enhancing skills, provide incredible opportunities, and bring many smiles to area youth. We are deeply grateful to the generous people who have made this possible,” said June Otte, Samantha’s mother.

Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Grant Recipient Grant Purpose
Big Brothers Big Sisters West Central Illinois To help screen volunteers, match children with mentors, provide monthly activities and provide case management.
Quincy Teen Reach Support for 50 children to participate in the Teen Reach program’s Frederick Ball location.
Cheerful Home Painting supplies for children attending Cheerful Home.
Cornerstone Foundations for Families To support Comprehensive Youth Services, a counseling and casework program for children experiencing social, emotional and behavioral issues.
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois To ensure participation of low-income girls in the program “Be a Friend First” and to provide summer camp activities.
Jackson Lincoln Swimming Complex Support for children who otherwise would not be able to access the pool.
John Wood Community College Foundation Tuition support for income-eligible children to allow attendance at JDUB Academy.
Kids in Motion Support for at-risk youth to participate in Kids in Motion and Teens in Motion in Hannibal, MO.
Midsummer Arts Faire Artistic outreach program at Washington and/or Berrian Schools.
Quincy Art Center smART Kids Art Mentor Program for students K-3 at Washington, Dewey, Berrian and Adams Schools.
Quincy Public Schools Swimming opportunities for special needs children in all five Quincy elementary schools.
Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association Tuition waivers for low-income children to participate in Quincy Area Youth Chorus and Quincy Area Youth Orchestra.
Transitions Bounce House to be used at Transitions School for children with severe disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders.
Bluff City Theater To support the Youth Education in Theater after-school program in Hannibal, MO.
YWCA Supportive services and program support for homeless children with disabilities, including childcare, mental health counseling, tutoring, educational supplies, prescription/medical/dental co-pays and diapers.

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Founded in 1997, the Community Foundation provides a simple, yet effective, approach to charitable giving, helping individuals, families and organizations reach their philanthropic goals.

It 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.

While the Community Foundation focuses on funds created on a permanent basis, it does accept funds that serve a more limited purpose.

More than $4 million has been distributed since the Community Foundation began making grants in 1999. These grants have helped more than 200 organizations serving communities in 12 counties: Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike, Illinois; Clark, Lewis, Marion, Ralls, Pike, Knox, Shelby and Monroe, Missouri.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email grants@mycommunityfoundation.org or go to mycommunityfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/mycommunityfoundation.

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