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66 Programs Receive Spring Grants
IPCF has awarded $119,173 in three categories of competitive grants to 66 programs in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Grant awards ranged from $500 to $5,000. Funding came from donors to the Community Foundation’s annual campaign, the Jerome Mirza Foundation, and several endowments at the Community Foundation.
Forty General Grants totaling $51,642 were awarded to nonprofit programs in the fields of education, environment, health and wellness and youth; 22 Arts and Culture Grants totaling $54,031 were awarded; and 4 Sol Shulman Jewish Life and Education Grants totaling $13,500 were awarded. View Grant Recipients

The Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy awarded grants totaling $37,161 earlier this year, bringing the amount to $119,016 for competitive grants that IPCF has awarded in our four-county community this year. More than $100,000 in grants have been awarded from the IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund.
Community Connection Group of Central Illinois received a grant to host a summer class to help teens build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.
Philanthropists of the Year Nominees
Know an individual, couple or family who really gives back to the community? Nominate them for this year's Philanthropists of the Year awards.

Again this year, IPCF will award two Philanthropists of the Year awards - one for Bloomington-Normal and the other for outside the Twin Cities (other parts of McLean County, plus DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Nomination deadline is Friday, July 30.

The awards are open to individuals, couples or families who live in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties.
Arthur & Camille Taylor, 2020 Philanthropists
of the Year for Bloomington-Normal
View additional criteria for the award. The nomination form for 2021 Philanthropists of the Year is available for download.

The winners will be honored at the 2021 Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon on November 18 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 8 Traders Circle, Normal. A Nonprofits Workshop will be held that morning.
Susan Hoblit, 2020 Philanthropist of the Year for Outside of Twin Cities
Women to Women Summer Events
The Women to Women Giving Circle will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer and is busy planning ways for women in the community to gather and support our community.
Summer Luncheons

The Giving Circle invites all interested women to attend Wellness Wednesdays luncheons for positive discussion of themes like resilience, inspiration, joy and recovery. A "kickoff" speaker will begin, but all attendees are invited to share the conversation. Lunches start at noon; attendees can order a box lunch for $15 or bring their own.

Summer Celebration

This year's Summer Celebration will be big and bold because it's an Anniversary Party! Join us from 4:40-6:30 p.m. Thursday, August 12, outdoors at ISU's Hancock Stadium Concourse, 211 N. Main St., Normal. This will be a special event with music and food and abundant friendship.
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy Cohort
The 2020-2021 Youth Engaged in Philanthropy cohort of 13 high schoolers wrapped up its year with an outdoors gathering at Harmony Park in Bloomington, where members explored the all-inclusive playground that a 2019 YEP grant helped fund.
Members of the 2020-21 YEP cohort and mentors stand around the Harmony Park sponsors sign.
The 2021-2022 YEP group of 21 youth, including 4 returning members, will hold its orientation meeting on Sunday, June 13.
2020 Annual Report is Available
2020 was an unprecedented year for the entire world and our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IPCF responded to community needs by creating the IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund and distributing more than $90,000 to nonprofits serving people affected by the pandemic in 2020.

The 2020 Annual Report is available online. A limited number of printed reports are available to those who request one. If you would like a printed copy of the annual report, please contact Michele Evans at 309-662-4477.
Donations from IRAs
If you plan on making a distribution from your IRA into a fund at IPCF, please send us an email or call our office to let us know to expect the check.
IRA distribution checks often arrive at the Foundation with no indication of whose fund it comes from or what fund it is meant for at the Foundation.

Help ensure your donation is properly credited by:
  • alerting us of your intended distribution
  • the IRA fund issuing the check
  • the amount of the donation
  • into which fund at the Foundation you want your donation deposited.
IRA owners may make donations to qualified charities through their IRA and receive tax benefits in the process. Community Foundations are public charitable foundations, and as thus are eligible to receive IRA distributions into any endowment, fiscal sponsorship or field of interest fund.

Please email us or call 309-662-4477.
Our Impact in the Community
Our grant recipient programs and fiscal sponsorship funds remain active at this time of the year. Read more about them to see the impact we're having in the community:

Recently Added Funds
These funds were recently opened at IPCF:

  • David & Kay Williams Donor Advised Fund
  • Jan Nussbaum Donor Advised Fund
  • Extraordinary Women Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Rotarians Against Malaria Fiscal Sponsorship
Did You Know?
  • Each year, the Community Foundation reviews its fee structure. As part of that review, we're pleased to announce that we're reducing the fees on most endowed funds. Please contact us for more details.
  • We accept non-cash donations like stocks or mutual funds into funds held at the Community Foundation. We're here to help you build your funds at the Community Foundation in the easiest manner possible. Simply contact us and tell us how we can help.

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