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IPCF Grants Application Round Opens Feb. 1
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will accept applications for grants in three categories from February 1-28, 2018. Interested applicants may find  information about the grants on IPCF's website, where links to the online applications will be posted on Feb. 1.

The Community Foundation expects to gift more than $158,000 during this grant round.  General Grants fund programs for education, environment, health and wellness, and youth.  Mirza/IPCF Arts Grants fund programs for the performing or visual arts, music education, and/or arts education and enrichment. Shulman Grants focus on Jewish-themed educational, arts and cultural enrichment programs open to all.

New this year is a grant from the David and Kay Williams Music Education Endowment. The grant seeks to support innovative programs that provide creative music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology; support one-time, need-based participation to attend a traditional music concert performance in the community; or support a one-time need for youth or multi-generational traditional ensembles that offer free concerts to the community.
Women to Women, YEP Grant Recipients
More than $35,000 will be awarded to 10 local nonprofit programs this year, thanks to IPCF's Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) .

Women to Women seeks to improve the lives of women and children in Central Illinois and focused its grants for 2018 on programs that develop the potential in girls aged 0-5 in our community and their support networks (families, teachers and caregivers). In addition, the Women to Women grant required applicants to collaborate with another organization on a program addressing the focus. Three grants totaling $25,833 have been awarded to six nonprofits.

YEP grants were selected by area high school students for youth-focused programs with priority given to organizations that include youth in the application process. Seven nonprofits are sharing in $10,000 in grant money.

Read more about these grant recipients.
You're Invited to YEP Grants Celebration
 Five years ago, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation launched Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) - a group of high school students from McLean, Livingston, DeWitt and Logan counties with an annual philanthropic grant budget of $10,000 to support local youth-focused initiatives.
YEP recently completed its 5th annual grant cycle providing grants to seven youth-focused initiatives within the IPCF service area. Receiving grants were Fostering Dignity, 100 Black Men of Central Illinois, Child Protection Network, Illinois Heart and Lung Foundation, Max's Miles Foundation, the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Regional Alternative School.

Youth Engaged in Philanthropy invites you to join us to recognize the 2018 Youth Engaged in Philanthropy grant recipients. The event will be from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11, at University Galleries (11 Uptown Circle, Normal, IL 61761). Please RSVP online by Feb. 1. We hope you can join us!

For questions, please email  ipcfyep@gmail.com.
Save the Date - Nov. 15, 2018
Mark your calendars now for the date of the 2018 Celebrating Local Philanthropy events. IPCF's annual workshop and luncheon will coincide with National Philanthropy Day on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018! The event will be moving to a new location - the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Normal. More details will come in the next few months about the focus of the morning workshop and Philanthropist of the Year nominations.
2017 Annual Report Available
The 2017 Annual Report has been completed and should be reaching your mailbox in the next few weeks. It is already available for viewing on the IPCF website. If you would like to receive a copy by mail, please let us know by calling 309-662-4477 or request one by emailing us.
Are You 70½? Do You Have an IRA?
If so, did you know that you could reduce your taxable income by donating your required minimum distribution (RMD) to a qualified charity?

  • Only applies to IRA owners after they are 70½
  • Does not apply to distributions from employer plans
  • Only applies to direct transfers to qualified charities (NOT private grant making foundations, donor advised funds or charitable gift annuities).
Contact your financial planner for details on how to take advantage of this opportunity.
Recently Added Funds
These funds have recently opened at IPCF:
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