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There's Still Time to Nominate for Philanthropists of Year Award
Know an individual, couple or family who really gives back to the community? There's still time to nominate them for IPCF's  Philanthropists of the Year awards. 

2019 Philanthropists of the Year Sandra and Paul Harmon 
New  this year, we 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 31.
The award is open to individuals, couples or families who live in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties.  View additional criteria for the award. The  nomination form for 2020 Philanthropists of the Year is available for download.
The winners will be honored Nov. 19 as part of our Celebrating Local Philanthropy events. Details for the Philanthropy events are still being finalized. 
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Women to Women Grant Updates
The Women to Women Giving Circle will hear status reports from its 2020 grant recipients virtually from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18.
While this isn't the same environment as the Summer Celebration of the past (no food, beverages or in-person contact), Women to Women members are excited to hear updates from grant recipients.

Grant recipients will give a 10-minute status update on their program, the collaborative process, changes made in the program due to COVID-19 and challenges encountered in the program. 

Anyone interested in attending the Zoom meeting must RSVP with Michele Evans at IPCF to receive invitation information for the meeting.

CARING CONVERSATIONS: The Giving Circle hel d three online events in June and July about schooling, race and food & housing insecurity. Each session was recorded and is available for viewing on IPCF's YouTube channel.
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy

The 2020-21 cohort of Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP), IPCF's eighth group of philanthropically minded teens, has formed and has already logged many volunteer hours in just two months of activity.
Twice this summer, members from the cohort volunteered with one of grant recipients - Sunnyside Garden & Food Forest. YEP and the garden have a long history of involvement - Colleen Connelly, co-founder of the garden, was a member of the 2014-2015 cohort.
On their most recent outing in July, five YEP members and two mentors spread compost as a foundation for the new greenhouse and weeded garden beds.
This year's cohort includes 13 members (two of whom are new) representing four local schools: NCWHS, NCHS, U High and Cornerstone Christian Academy.
Our Impact in the Community
Our grant recipient programs and fiscal sponsorship funds have been active lately.  Read more to see the impact we're having in the community:
Recently Opened Funds
  •  Field of Interest Fund for Golden K Kiwanis 
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. Letting us know about your intended distribution, the IRA fund issuing the check, the amount and which IPCF fund it's intended for helps ensure the donation is properly credited.

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.
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