Join us at Black Band Distillery in Peoria's Historical Warehouse District on Wednesday, June 23, for great food, drinks, and networking while learning how you can make a difference by becoming a member of the Emerging Philanthropists Fund. This is a free event, so go ahead and bring a friend along!


Black Band is the first craft distillery producing spirits in Peoria, Illinois, and their Certified Organic unique spirits are from organic farmers right here in Illinois.
Wednesday, June 23
4:00-6:00 PM
Black Band Distillery
1000 SW Adams Street
We will also be using this time as an opportunity to collect donations to assist with needs related to HOWIE, “Hygiene. On. Wheels. Independence. Empowered.”, a collaboration between the Heart of Illinois United Way, Home for All Continuum of Care, and Phoenix Community Development Services. Phoenix Community Development Services received $5,000 through the 2020 Emerging Philanthropists Fund grant to support this mobile hygiene unit to serve individuals experiencing homelessness. They are in need of items to include in their toiletry grab bags, such as:

  • New bath towels
  • New wash cloths
  • New drawstring laundry bags
  • Laundry detergent (pods only – no liquid or powder detergent, please)
  • TRAVEL SIZES of the following items: lotion, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste
  • Disposable razors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small plastic combs

We are proud to be a part of bringing this new vehicle to the area, especially as it's the first of its kind in the state of Illinois! It will be wonderful witnessing the positive impact it's going to have on the many individuals experiencing homelessness in the community.
HOWIE Mobile Hygiene Unit
Emerging Philanthropists Fund Members
HOWIE Grab Bags
Join the Fund or Renew Your Membership Today
Have you renewed your Emerging Philanthropists Fund Membership yet? There's still time! By renewing or becoming a member, you will have the opportunity to review grant applications, help select the top three to five grant finalists, participate in the grant finalist panel coming up in July, and vote on the recipient of the 2021 Emerging Philanthropists Fund grant! A minimum donation of $100 annually per person or $200 per couple/family is required to be a voting member of the Fund.


You may also renew your membership or join the Fund by mailing a check to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois -- 3625 North Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61604.

Since its inception in 2012, the Emerging Philanthropists Fund has granted more than $40,000 to local nonprofit organizations, and has built a permanent endowed fund that has surpassed $50,000! We need the generous support of community leaders like yourself to continue our tradition of giving and to expand our positive impact on the community. Come join us today!

Meet one of our Advisory Council members- Kyle King!
3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604
309-674-8730