How did you become involved with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois?
I became involved with The Community Foundation of Central Illinois initially through the Women’s Fund, which is one of the funds under the CFCI umbrella. The Women’s Fund endowment supports projects that strengthen families and communities by empowering women and girls. As a woman, how could I not get behind that?! Then, while I was on the Women’s Fund Advisory Board, I learned more about CFCI and its broader philanthropic impact. I love its ability to connect people who care with causes that matter.
What do you like about your volunteer service with CFCI?
There are so many things, and I’m only getting started since this is my first year on the Board. I have always felt it’s important to be involved in the community in which you live. CFCI has given me the ability to understand the variety and volume of needs that often go unmet. Serving on the Grant Committee really opens your eyes to the challenges facing organizations and the people they support. I was fortunate to be able to meet with some of those organizations when they received their grant awards. It was great to hear more about their plans and how the funding will make a difference. I’m also enjoying getting to know the Board members and appreciate the diversity of the group. I believe that dynamic is an important part in helping us make informed decisions to improve the broader community.
What should everyone know about CFCI?
CFCI is making a REAL impact in the community, and it’s growing! More funds are being added all the time resulting in a greater ability to address the changing needs of our region. It’s also more than just providing funds to organizations through grants. CFCI also forms strategic partnerships with other organizations. Collectively, we can make a greater impact when we work together.
What are you looking forward to the most with CFCI in the next 5 years?
We recently formed the CFCI Arts & Culture Committee. I have a blossoming passion for the arts, so I’m very excited to be a part of this. There will be new grants and funding distributed in a variety of ways to benefit the arts and culture in our region. To assist us with getting started, we gathered feedback/input from a cross-section of the arts community, which helped us focus on the right things. Strategic alliances will also be formed to allow us to work together for a broader impact. I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops over the next five years.