National Standards Accreditation
We're proud to announce our re-accreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®. This accreditation, signified by the Seal shown here, indicates that the Community Foundation of Central Illinois meets the highest standards for philanthropic excellence. The 26 national standards establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere and indicates CFCI’s commitment to excellence and accountability.

“This is critically important to our donors. When people make a charitable gift or establish a fund, they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely and honor their charitable wishes. This National Standards accreditation says our house is in order.”
-Mark Roberts, CFCI President & CEO

Meet Our New Board Members
Ron Givens is a lifelong Peorian and the owner of two businesses in the community, JM Industrial Supply and GIVSCO Construction Company. He served on the Peoria Police Department for 25 years and retired in 2008 as a detective. Ron is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and retired as a Gunnery Sergeant in 1998. He graduated from Illinois Central College with a degree in education and received his certification of business and finance from both Bradley University and the University of Illinois at Springfield. Ron has been involved in the community for 50+ years serving on many boards and committees, including Habitat for Humanity, Illinois Central College PTAC, Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Central College Educational Foundation, and many more. He was also inducted into the African American Hall of Fame in Peoria for his accomplishments in racing.
Lea Anne Miller currently serves as an Operations Manager at State Farm and holds responsibility for Life policy service, including the annuities and commercial group life operations. She has worked for State Farm since 1994 and her experience spans several other departments within the company, including Internal Auditing, Mutual Funds, and the Property & Casualty side of the business. She received her Executive MBA degree from the University of Illinois in 2011 and her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She is a registered Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds an array of insurance designations. She also has both her Series 6 and Series 26 securities licenses. Lea Anne has been involved with the Community Foundation of Central Illinois for over six years and is wrapping up her final year as Chair of the Women’s Fund Advisory Board. She has also actively participated and served on key Women’s Fund committees such as Grants, Development, and the Leader Luncheon. Lea Anne is a native to central Illinois and currently resides in Peoria. She has a passion for helping local organizations that make this community a better place for all people to live, and firmly believes education, resources, and opportunity can help prevent or break the detrimental cycles people often find themselves in.
Shauna Musselman has served as Assistant County Administrator for Peoria County since 2016. She has worked in Peoria County Government since 2001, holding the positions of Budget Analyst, Risk Management Coordinator, HR Specialist and Assistant Director of Human Resources. She has been active in the community for a number of years, previously volunteering with the Susan G. Komen Peoria Affiliate, serving as a member of the Peoria Heights Planning Commission and as chairperson of the Peoria Heights Neighborhood Impact Partnership which worked with the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission to survey Heights residents and establish an intergovernmental committee to develop a comprehensive plan for the Village. Shauna also served three terms as Village Clerk in Peoria Heights, from 2005-2016. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and hiking.
Andrew Ryon has over 15 years of public accounting experience since graduating from the University of Iowa. He began his career at Gordon, Stockman & Waugh, P.C. in 2005 and was named partner in 2013. Andrew has served as the client service coordinator on a large number of engagements and has devoted a significant amount of time serving clients in the nonprofit, governmental and construction industries. He has served on several nonprofit boards and currently serves on the Audit and Finance Committee of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois and is the Treasurer of the Brooke E. Crawmer-Joseph Foundation. Andrew is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois and a member of the Illinois CPA Society.
Tammy Waterworth is a Senior Vice President at PNC and currently serves as Relationship Strategist on the Personal Wealth team. Tammy has also previously held positions at PNC in mortgage and commercial banking and has over 35 years of experience in the industry working at PNC and predecessor organizations. She stays active in the community while being a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Metamora and has served on the boards for Snyder Village in Metamora, Illinois Central College Educational Foundation, and Family House. She currently resides in Metamora with her husband Mike and two children.
Central Illinois COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Fund Grant Recipients Announced

We’re proud to have awarded $20,000 in the fourth-round of grants through the Central Illinois COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Fund to further support our nonprofit partners who are still responding to needs as a result of COVID-19.

Grant Recipients:

Peoria Public Schools Foundation
Peoria Friendship House
Illinois Ability Sports
Braveheart Children's Advocacy Center
Ask and Ye Shall Receive Thrift Store
"The funds from the Community Foundation of Central Illinois have been a huge help to us during the pandemic to cover unexpected expenses. To ensure client and staff safety, we had to close one of our facilities that did not allow for social distancing and then re-route children and families to one of our larger offices. The funds from the Community Foundation will help us assist families with the added cost of travel expenses and help us with the added cost of cleaning this facility.”
-Jackie Diediker, Executive Director, Braveheart Children’s Advocacy Center
Emerging Philanthropists Fund
Happy Hour Social
Join us at Black Band Distillery in Peoria's Historical Warehouse District on Wednesday, June 23, for great food, drinks, and networking while learning how you can make a difference by becoming a member of the Emerging Philanthropists Fund. This is a free event, so go ahead and bring a friend along!

Black Band is the first craft distillery producing spirits in Peoria, Illinois, and their Certified Organic unique spirits are from organic farmers right here in Illinois.
Wednesday, June 23
4:00-6:00 PM
Black Band Distillery
1000 SW Adams Street
We will also be using this time as an opportunity to collect donations to assist with needs related to HOWIE, “Hygiene. On. Wheels. Independence. Empowered.”, a collaboration between the Heart of Illinois United Way, Home for All Continuum of Care, and Phoenix Community Development Services. Phoenix Community Development Services received $5,000 through the 2020 Emerging Philanthropists Fund grant to support this mobile hygiene unit to serve individuals experiencing homelessness. They are in need of items to include in their toiletry grab bags, such as:

  • New bath towels
  • New wash cloths
  • New drawstring laundry bags
  • Laundry detergent (pods only – no liquid or powder detergent, please)
  • TRAVEL SIZES of the following items: lotion, deodorant, shaving cream, toothpaste
  • Disposable razors
  • Toothbrushes
  • Small plastic combs

We are proud to be a part of bringing this new vehicle to the area, especially as it's the first of its kind in the state of Illinois! It will be wonderful witnessing the positive impact it's going to have on the many individuals experiencing homelessness in the community.
HOWIE Mobile Hygiene Unit
Emerging Philanthropists Fund Members
HOWIE Grab Bags
Grant Panel Presentation
The Emerging Philanthropists Fund panel presentation for our grant finalists will be held virtually on Wednesday, July 14, from 4-5pm via Zoom. Registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the presentation.

Grants Training Workshop
CFCI will host a grant training workshop Tuesday, July 13, to highlight the recent changes made to our online competitive grant application and evaluation forms for the 2021-2022 fiscal year. The workshop will provide a general overview of changes to the forms, helpful tips on ways to successfully navigate our competitive grants process, and some insight into upcoming funding initiatives. Registration is required.

Tuesday, July 13
12:00-1:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom

The workshop is not mandatory and is simply meant to provide information and assistance for the nonprofit community and those interested in the CFCI competitive grants process.
Contact Sarah Fletcher at (309) 674-8730 for more information. 
Upcoming Grant Opportunities
The following are grant opportunities offered through CFCI this fall. Applications will open Thursday, July 1

  • Community Needs Grants - due September 1
  • Women's Fund Success Grants - due September 1
  • The Local Jobs Fund Grant - due September 1

CFCI 2020 Annual Report
We're happy to present you with our 2020 Annual Report! Each year, we create an Annual Report to share with donors, volunteers, partners, and community supporters that details the impact we’ve made together through gifts received, grants awarded, and collaborations that have been established over the past year.

We welcome you to view our 2020 Annual Report, which is now available on our website. We are so grateful to everyone who has supported the work needed to cultivate resilient and thriving communities across central Illinois.
3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604