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IPCF Website Redesign

At the beginning of May, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation was among 48 Central Illinois nonprofits to receive a new website design via 48in48, an organization that connects volunteer website builders with charities, in conjunction with State Farm and United Way of McLean County.

We hope you'll agree that our new website offers a fresher look that highlights our impact on the community with success stories, upcoming events and media mentions, while still providing you with all the information and forms available in the past. In the future, we hope to add more features to the website and welcome any suggestions or comments you have - please email Michele Evans
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$157,347 in Grants Awarded to 73 Programs
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has awarded $157,347 in three categories of grants to 73 programs in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Grants ranged from $500 to $6,750. 

Thirty-seven General Grants totaling $61,722 were given for programs in the fields of education, environment, health and wellness and youth; 31  Arts and Culture Grants totaling $75,000 were awarded; and 5 Sol Shulman Jewish Life and Education Grants totaling $20,625 were awarded.

Funding came from the Jerome Mirza Foundation, donors to the Community Foundation's annual campaign and several endowments at the Community Foundation.
Theatre Unveils Assistive Listening System
On May 22, Heartland Theatre Company unveiled its latest production - an assistive listening system - thanks to a
Gail Dobbins speaks with Jim Raymond, longtime Heartland Theatre patron and donor 
2017 Mirza/Arts and Culture Grant from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation and a targeted fundraising campaign.

Gail Dobbins, Heartland Theatre Managing Director, debuted the system for its board of directors and donors to the system. "We started to hear that patrons couldn't hear (during plays) and wouldn't be coming to productions anymore," she said. "It just broke my heart."

Knowing that the number of patrons who can't hear well is growing at Heartland, Dobbins applied for a grant from IPCF and received $4,500 to purchase the equipment from Listening Technologies Inc.  Read More
Women to Women Summer Celebration
The Women to Women Giving Circle will hold its Summer Celebration on Tuesday, June 26, at a new location - ISU's Hancock Stadium Club, 211 N. Main St., Normal.

The event, from 5-7 p.m.,  will allow attendees to relax, reconnect with old friends and renew their enthusiasm for Women to Women with updates from the 2018 grant recipient organizations.

For more information on the Summer Celebration, contact IPCF at 309-662-4477.
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.
Are You 70½? Do You Have an IRA?
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).
Community Foundations are public charitable foundations and, as thus, are eligible to receive RMD donations into any endowment, fiscal sponsorship or field of interest fund. Contact your financial planner for details on how to take advantage of this opportunity.
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