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Save the Date - November 15, 2017
Myra and George Gordon

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will host its annual Nonprofits Workshop and Celebrating Philanthropy Luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 at Marriott Bloomington-Normal Hotel & Conference Center.

The Workshop, from 8 - 11:30 a.m., will focus on "Working Together: Creating a Pathway for Team Success" and will provide nonprofit organizations with tips on how to collaborate internally to become a more efficient organization.

The Luncheon, from noon - 1 p.m., will recognize local philanthropists George and Myra Gordon of Normal.

Women to Women, YEP Grants Available
The Women to Women Giving Circle and Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation are accepting applications for grants from October 1 to October 31, 2017.  Successful applicants will receive funding in January 2018.
The focus for 2018 Women to Women grants is programs that that develop the potential in girls aged 0-5 in our community and their support networks (families, teachers and caregivers).The Women to Women grant also requires applicants to collaborate with another organization on a program addressing the focus. The total amount available is $40,000. Preview and/or complete the application at https://goo.gl/8YMRDJ.
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) accepts applications for programs that are youth-focused or have a significant impact on youth. YEP includes 28 local high school students who create a grant application and allocate funds to youth-focused initiatives. YEP encourages youth to have an active role in completing the application and will give priority to those organizations that include youth in the application process. The group has $10,000 available. Preview and/or complete the application at https://goo.gl/nYEMsY
Grant Recipients Doing Good for Community
As part of the 2017 General Grants, Project Oz received a $3,000 grant for Ending the Silence, a program t o improve youth mental health and decrease rates of suicide among pre-teens and teens in McLean and Livingston Counties.

Ending the Silence, designed by National Alliance on Mental Illness and presented locally by Project Oz, is a program given over two class periods at local schools and includes information about mental illness and suicide warning signs, facts and stats and how to get help.

Ending the Silence began last year at Normal West, Parkside Junior High Olympia High and Middle schools and Ridgeview Junior High with a special presentation at Normal Community. This year, it's expanding to Bloomington High School and Junior High, Ridgeview High, and Chiddix, Evans and Kingsley junior highs.

Legacy Society of IPCF
Are you aware of The Legacy Society of Illinois Prairie Community Foundation? The Legacy Society includes donors who have provided for the Community Foundation in their estate plans.
If you have provided for Illinois Prairie Community Foundation in your will or estate plan, we would appreciate you letting us know, and further, giving us permission to list you as a member of the Legacy Society. It is not necessary to provide us details of your planned gift. 

If you have not made such plans, we would appreciate your consideration of doing so. We are happy to talk with you about the many options available to you in leaving a gift that will serve our entire community far into the future. Contact Greg Meyer at 309-662-4477 to discuss including IPCF in your will or estate plan.
Recently Added Funds
These funds have recently opened at IPCF:
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