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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Not-for-Profits Receive Grants Totaling More than $129,000 from Community Foundation Designated Funds

More than $129,000 was distributed this month to 44 not-for-profit organizations from the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri. The grants came from designated endowments and marked the Community Foundation’s largest distribution to-date from these funds.

Designated funds support one or more specific organizations. The funds have been established by the organizations themselvesor by donors to provide a permanent source of support for organizations they care about. Earnings provide an additional source of annual income for the not-for-profit organizations. Each year, a portion of each organization’s fund growth is distributed and a portion is retained in each organization’s fund for continued growth.

This year’s designated fund grants range from $200 to more than $30,000 and reflect an increase of 90 percent in total amount distributed over 2015’s distribution.

“Now, more than ever, each dollar is critical to support the mission and programs of our local not-for-profits,” said Jill Arnold Blickhan, Community Foundation Executive Director. “These grants help each organization fulfill its mission which in turn, helps make our communities great places to live and work.”

“The beauty of a designated endowment is that it’s a sustainable source of funding for the organization it benefits. Anyone can make a gift to any fund at any time that will grow and exceed the dollar amount of the original gift. That’s the power of endowment,” said Jill Arnold Blickhan, Community Foundation Executive Director.

This year’s distributions received a boost from a $3 million gift from the estate of Bette J. Starnes in 2015, the largest single gift the Community Foundation has received to-date.

 

Starnes’ bequest supports endowments in three ways. It established the Alzheimer’s Association Endowment to support its Quincy location, added to the previously-established Bette J. Starnes Fund for the Quincy Humane Society, and established the Bette J. Starnes Endowment for competitive grantmaking through the Community Foundation’s 12-county region.

“Ensuring their gift stays and works locally is important to donors. We also have donors who want to support their favorite organization but do not want anyone to know the gift amount or their identity. We honor their wishes,” said Blickhan.

Many of the not-for-profits have established their own endowments with the Community Foundation. This serves as another steady resource for support, as an avenue for accepting complex gifts, and to provide protection of assets.

Distributions were awarded from the following funds:

Adams County Red Cross Fund

BeeJay Adams Fund (Benefits Quincy Community Theatre)

Alzheimer’s Association Endowment

The Arc Fund

Mary Weems Barton Fund for the Quincy Public Library

Amelia E. Bauner, Frances A. Hall, and Walter J. Hall Charitable Fund (Benefits Quincy Service League)

Jack W. Boge Fund (Benefits Quincy Art Center & Quincy Society of Fine Arts)

Brain Trauma Awareness Organization Quality of Life Fund

Brink/Shih Fund for the Quincy Public Schools’ Friends of the Performing Arts

Henry and Betty Brooks & Omer and Doris Walton Saukenauk Scout Reservation Fund

Cheerful Home Children’s Fund

Cornerstone: Foundations for Families Fund

Dr. Richard Eells House Fund

Dennis Everly Fund (Benefits Quincy Park Band)

Herbert C. & Dorothy E. Everly Memorial Fund (Benefits Adams County Chapter, American Red Cross & The Salvation Army of Quincy)

Family Planning Fund

Friends of the Castle Fund

Habitat for Humanity Housing Ministry Fund

Edward C. Hinkamper Fund for St. Francis Solanus School Students

Historical Society Fund

Lucille Hollender Memorial Fund (Benefits St. Francis Solanus School)

Horizons Social Services Fund

The George M. Irwin ARTS Fund (Benefits Quincy Society of Fine Arts)

Jackson-Lincoln Swimming Complex, Inc. Fund

John Wood Community College Foundation Development Fund

Kaufmann Family Fund for Well House, Inc.

Mike Mason Fund for St. Francis School

Meals on Wheels Fund

Mt. Sterling Community Center Fund

Dorothy J. Plank Memorial Fund (benefits nine organizations)

The Plank Memorial Fund (Benefits Lewis County (MO) Historical Society)

Marilyn & Steven Prater Family Fund (Benefits St. Francis Solanus School)

Quincy Art Center Fund

Quincy Civic Music Association Fund

Quincy Family YMCA Fund

Quincy Humane Society Fund

Quincy Museum Fund

Quincy Notre Dame Foundation Capital and Improvement Fund

Quincy Public Schools Foundation Fund

Quincy Senior Citizens’ Center Fund

Quincy Symphony Fund

Quincy University Endowment Fund

Recovery Resources Fund

James T. Riley Fund (Benefits Culver-Stockton College)

George and Charlotte Spear Charitable Fund (Benefits St. James Evangelical Lutheran School)

Jeffrey G. & Theresa L. Spear Fund

Bette J. Starnes Fund (Benefits Quincy Humane Society)

Sunset Home Fund

Clifford H. Taylor Fund for the Quincy Humane Society

Andrew Tenhouse Memorial Fund (Benefits 4-H in Adams County)

Transitions of Western Illinois Fund

United Way of Adams County, Inc. Fund

Donald P.W. Voth Fund (Benefits Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity)

2nd Lt. Albert C. Warford, Jr. Fund (Benefits Quincy Family YMCA)

YWCA – Quincy Fund

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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Community Foundation Awards Nearly $35,000 for Childcare, Workforce Development

The Community Foundation has awarded $34,556 from the Communityworks Endowment Fund to eight not-for-profit organizations for local projects advancing workforce development and childcare/early childhood education.

A strategic grantmaking fund, the Communityworks Endowment Fund supports promising projects in Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike Counties, IL that align with the Fund’s vision and goals. Visions include building a large pool of educated, professional childcare providers, educating parents on the benefits of quality childcare, and ensuring current and future workers are prepared with the skills needed to fill existing, expanding and new employment opportunities.

“Child care and workforce development are two persistent issues that our communities, like many others, face – and often go hand-in-hand,” said Jill Arnold Blickhan, Community Foundation Executive Director. “The programs funded will prepare our youngest community members to be lifelong learners, connect our youth with local career opportunities, and help out-of-work adults gain the skills and experiences necessary to secure and retain employment.”

Organizations and projects receiving grants include:

  • John Wood Community College Foundation for a student internship program, which places students into an internship in the area of early childhood education, agriculture or welding with an employer who agrees to mentor them in the job for which they are training.
  • Junior Achievement for its “Start with the End in Mind” curriculum in which students complete a skills assessment to identify their strong skills and skill deficits, learn the need for strong essential skills and learn to strengthen weak skills.
  • Madonna House for its prevention program for individuals at risk of homelessness. This includes individual case management for employment readiness and life skills training, and everyday life skills classes, a comprehensive career development program, for youth and adults.
  • Mississippi Valley Boy Scouts of America to develop Career Exploring posts in Brown and Hancock Counties, allowing co-ed youth ages 14-18 to prepare for and gain skills in careers such as law enforcement, medical service and auto mechanics.
  • Western Illinois Works to conduct a focus group with and develop a strategic plan for engaging in-school youth and out-of-work youth for a pathway to regional employment.
  • Western Illinois Works for the Adams County Work Readiness Team to conduct a workshop for its Essential Workplace Skills Work Readiness Certification process, which fosters the development of essential skills required for obtaining and retaining employment.
  • Regional Office of Education for its “Ready. Set. Grow. Childcare in-Hand” program to instill brain-building practices with parents and childcare providers with the Daily Vroom application.  The program includes teaching sessions at Quincy Vocational Childcare high school classes and JWCC childcare training classes.
  • West Central Child Care Connection for its family child care provider mentoring program and a campaign to create community awareness about the value of quality child care and the critical need for more programs in Adams, Brown, Hancock and Pike Counties.

Another grant was made to Adams County Works earlier in 2016 for InspireWorks, a career planning software program that helps connect students and job seekers to learning experiences and job opportunities.

The Communityworks Endowment Fund seeks annual proposals for projects that strategically align with its Impact Plan, which was originally developed in 2005-2006 and updated in 2016 with the input of a volunteer Advisory Committee. The 2016 Impact Plan showed a continued need for high-quality childcare options and a pipeline of skilled workforce members in our region. It also highlighted an opportunity to begin instilling essential workplace skills at a younger age, as well as connecting local youth to the many career opportunities available in our region.

Communityworks Endowment Fund History

In 2003, the Chicago-based Grand Victoria Foundation offered to provide $250,000 each to Illinois community foundations accepting its challenge to raise $225,000 to build an endowment affecting child care, workforce development, and land use/protection.

The Community Foundation was one of 17 that accepted the challenge and established a Communityworks Fund. A portion of earnings from the permanent endowment will be granted to serve needs and opportunities in the three target areas within Adams, Brown, Hancock, and Pike counties. A portion will be reinvested in the fund for its continued growth thus enabling additional grantmaking for generations to come.

To date, more than $144,000 has been invested into workforce development, childcare and early childhood education programs from the Communityworks Endowment Fund in the counties it serves.

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 Serving West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri focuses on funds created on a permanent basis, it does accept funds that serve a more limited purpose.

More than $4,000,000 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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Community Foundation Celebrates Anniversary with Grantmaking Milestone

At its annual Friends of Philanthropy event on November 17, the Community Foundation celebrated another grantmaking milestone. Since its first grant in 1999, it has awarded more than $4 million to not-for-profits throughout the region.

The Community Foundation’s first grants totaled $10,000 in 1999. “Within ten years, cumulative grants totaled $1 million, five years later $2 million then $3 million within another two years, said Jill Arnold Blickhan, Community Foundation Executive Director. “So, reaching the $4 million mark within one year is and energizing – it illustrates the power and importance of endowment. And, because most of these dollars are endowed, the impact will continue to grow, providing permanent support for the causes that our communities care about for many generations.”

 

The grants come from the more than 170 funds established by individuals, families and businesses to support arts and culture, community betterment, education, health and human services.

“The truly exciting thing about this grantmaking milestone is not the dollar amount that has been given out,” said William McCleery, Jr., Community Foundation Board Chair. “Rather, it’s the difference that has been made through the more than 270 not-for-profits that enhance each of the 12 counties we serve. These dollars further represent the generosity and charitable spirit of our donors. Through the funds they have founded and contributed to, they’ve created legacies, honored loved ones and proved that anyone can be a philanthropist. ”

Grants have impacted thousands of individuals and supported a wide range of organizations, services and programs, providing financial support not just for current needs, but for opportunities. They have invested in enhancing literacy amongst local students, helped provide food to those in need, allowed underserved youth to participate in leadership activities, helped provide arts and cultural programs, stimulated workforce development initiatives, invested in quality childcare and much more.

To showcase the impact of local philanthropy and endowment building, the event highlighted three not-for-profit organizations that have received Community Foundation grants and additionally, benefit from permanent agency endowment funds held at the Community Foundation. These endowments provide an additional source of income for the nonprofits, with a portion of each fund’s earnings distributed annually and a portion retained for continued growth.

The Quincy Public Library hosted the evening’s event in its lobby area and catering was provided by Meals Plus for Seniors, which benefits the local Meals on Wheels program. Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association provided musical entertainment with violin duets for the evening, and a special performance by the Quincy Symphony Youth Chorus was a finale to the evening’s short program and announcement.

“The Community Foundation puts our community members’ donations to work in our region. Its support promotes literacy among our youngest residents, helping to buy books and prizes that keep our children reading and learning,” said Nancy Dolan, Quincy Public Library Executive Director.

The annual Friends of Philanthropy Celebration recognized the Community Foundation’s 19th anniversary, Community Foundation Week (November 12-18) and National Philanthropy Day (November 15).

The Community Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization connecting people who care with causes that matter. Serving 12 counties in West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri, it builds permanent charitable funds to address significant needs and opportunities now and in the future.

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.

More than $4,000,000 has been distributed since the Community Foundation began making grants in 1999. These grants have helped more than 270 organizations serving communities in the region.

For more information, call 217-222-1237, email execdir@mycommunityfoundation.org,

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

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