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32 Programs Receive Grants from IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has awarded grants from its IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund to local nonprofits serving populations impacted by the COVID-19 virus and its economic consequences in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. 

Thirty-two nonprofits received grants totaling $80,025.81.  View list of programs receiving grants

IPCF received requests from 63 nonprofits requesting more than $511,000 in support. "The needs have certainly been great," said Greg Meyer, Executive Director of Illinois Prairie Community Foundation. "We are pleased to collaborate with the local nonprofits to provide aid to people in need. By working together, we bring greater awareness of the needs and different means to serve various impacted populations."

The Community Foundation worked with the John M. Scott Trust, which agreed to cover the costs for $50,000 in funding from 11 McLean County based applicants to the IPCF Fund. The Trustee has approved the COVID grants and nonprofits receiving funding from the Scott Trust have been notified.

The IPCF COVID-19 Response Fund was started in late March with a grant from the Drake Zimmerman and Jan Elfline Fund that matched the first $25,000 raised through the Fund. One hundred percent of all funds that came into the Community Foundation for the Fund ($80,025.81) were distributed to the 32 nonprofit organizations. Read More
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73 Nonprofit Programs Awarded Spring Grants
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation has awarded  $139,311 in three categories of competitive
Dreams Are Possible received a 2020 General grant to prepare women for employment in the trades
grants to 73 programs in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. Grants ranged from $500 to $5,505. Funding came from the Jerome Mirza Foundation, donors to the Community Foundation's annual campaign and several endowments at the Community Foundation.

Thirty-seven General Grants totaling $62,220 were awarded to programs in the fields of education, environment, health and wellness and youth; 30 Arts and Culture Grants totaling $59,596 were awarded; and six Shulman Education and Life Grants totaling $ 17,495 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. 
Philanthropist(s) of the Year Nominees Sought
Know an individual, couple or family who really gives back to the community? Nominate them for this year's
Philanthropists of the Year awards. 

2019 Philanthropists of the Year
Sandra and Paul Harmon
New this year, IPCF will award two Philanthro-pists 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 at the 2020 Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon on Nov. 19 at the Holiday Inn & Conference Center, 8 Traders Circle, Normal. A Nonprofits Workshop will be held that morning.
Women to Women Summer Sessions
The Women to Women Giving Circle has cancelled its Summer Celebration on June 23 due to COVID-19 restrictions. But the G iving Circle is working to schedule 
virtual learning sessions in June and July with local nonprofit experts sharing information about how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting women and children in our community.

Also, plans are in the works for a virtual event with 2020 Women to Women Grant recipient representatives providing updates on their programs. More information about summer events will be posted on the Women to Women Giving Circle events page and emailed to members as they become final.
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy
2019-2020 YEP Cohort
The 2019-2020
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy cohort
wrapped up its year with virtual meetings and a socially-distanced volunteer opportunity for a 2020 grant recipient. Read about the end-of-year activities in their Spring newsletter.

The 2020-2021 cohort of 13 high school students will hold its orientation meeting on Sunday, June 14.
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. 

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