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Women to Women & YEP Grant Cycles Open Monday
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, 2018.  Successful applicants will receive funding in January 2019.
The focus for 2019 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 $38,000.  View and/or complete the online application.
Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) accepts applications for programs that are youth-focused or have a significant impact on youth. YEP includes 21 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.  View and/or complete the online application.

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Celebrating Local Philanthropy Events
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will host its annual Nonprofits Workshop and Celebrating Philanthropy Luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 8 Traders Circle, Normal.

Duane and Toni Farrington are 2018 Philanthropists of the Year
The Workshop, from 8-11:30 a.m., will focus on "Nonprofit Board of Directors: Creating and Maintaining an Effective, Engaged Board."  The Luncheon, from noon-1 p.m., will recognize local philanthropists Duane and Toni Farrington of Bloomington.

For more information or to register for either the workshop or luncheon, click here.
We'll Be Moving to The Foundry

In October, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will be moving west on Washington Street to The Foundry - home of Green Top Grocery, Gingerbread House and Bloomington Cycle & Fitness! 

Our office will be located above Gingerbread House and will be accessible from the parking lot in back of building.

The location includes a conference room that will be available for use by nonprofits in the community as schedules allow. Suite 2 will also be the home of The Shirk Foundation.

The exact date of our move is still not known - we will send our more communication on the exact date of our move as details are finalized.

Our phone number will remain the same: 309-662-4477. Our new address will be 915 E. Washington St, Suite 2, Bloomington, IL 61701.
Paul Harmon Named IPCF Board President 
Paul Harmon
IPCF is pleased to welcome back Paul Harmon as President of the Board of Directors. He is filling the position until June 30, 2019. 

Paul had served on the IPCF board from 2008-2017 and was President from July 2013-June 2015. He brings with him a wealth of experience working within our community and with the Community Foundation.
New Mentor for Youth Engaged in Philanthropy
Amanda Cole has been named Mentor for Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) for the 2018-2019 school year. She  is very enthusiastic about working with the
Amanda Cole
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation and the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) program. She hopes to encourage, support and promote the program for years to come.

Amanda and her husband have 3 children together, two of whom are currently school age. In 2016, they suffered the terrible loss of their third child due to SUIDS (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death). In turn, the Coles established a fund in her name (Louise Bernadette Cole Foundation), which greater paved Amanda's journey down the philanthropy road. 

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Our Impact in the Community
Many of our grant recipient programs have been active over the summer and into the fall!  Read more about these programs to see the impact we're having in the community:
Recently Added Funds
This fund was recently opened at IPCF:
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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