How did you become involved with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois?
I began serving on a scholarship selection committee about ten years ago. The scholarship selection process was very rewarding and I was impressed that CFCI administered such a diverse range of scholarships for so many worthy students. In 2013, I joined the Emerging Philanthropists Fund and continue to be involved with the Fund today. I have had the pleasure of serving on the Advisory Council with many great young leaders and had the honor to chair the Fund for several years.
What do you like about your volunteer service with CFCI?
CFCI offers the opportunity to be involved with such a diverse range of organizations and charitable endeavors—both from a subject matter perspective and from a geographic perspective. I like that by volunteering with CFCI, I can play a small part in helping so many incredible causes in so many places in the greater Peoria area.
What should everyone know about CFCI?
Everyone should know that CFCI makes charitable giving easy. The incredible staff and the streamlined processes at CFCI mean that donors can spend less time worrying about administrative hassles and more time carrying out their charitable wishes. Everyone should also know that CFCI is a collaborative organization and strives to find common ground across charities. This helps foster an environment where local organizations work together to achieve a common goal.
What are you looking forward to the most with CFCI in the next 5 years?
CFCI has grown so much in the last several years and what I am most excited about in the next 5 years is to see how it continues to grow and impact the community. I am excited for more people to learn about the amazing work CFCI already does, and I’m excited to see the new programs and causes CFCI will support.