Community Connection

November 2022

What is Community Foundation Week?

Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former President George H.W. Bush, recognizes the important work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative and innovative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sector. Community Foundation Week takes place from November 12-18. 

For more than a century, philanthropic institutions have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. During this annual celebration, community foundations convene to share and reflect on the stories of impact from their recent work.

“The work of community foundations reaches beyond the practice of giving and touches the lives of individuals, revealing a path to a brighter future. There is a tangible, positive impact for individuals and communities as a result of organizations like ours nationwide. Despite the many challenges facing our communities, we are more determined than ever to work together to find innovative and effective solutions for our most pressing social problems and advance promising opportunities to benefit residents.” 

-Mark Roberts, President and CEO

Women's Fund Recognizes Grant Recipients at Pop! Fizz! Clink!

The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Illinois hosted its annual brunch, Pop! Fizz! Clink!, to recognize the 2022 Women's Fund Success Grant recipients and to kick off the season of thankfulness. A total of $37,750 was awarded to 8 local nonprofits including Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank, Hult Center for Healthy Living, Girl Scouts of Central Illinois, The Christian Center, HVCDC/Jobs Partnership, Girls on the Run of Central Illinois, Crittenton Centers, and the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

Community Works Grant Opportunity

CFCI is working to address the of challenges and opportunities around economic development as they exist within our community, with a goal of driving systematic, long-term change. As such, CFCI is interested in investing in collaborative (two or more organizations working together) economic development programs that emphasize job creation and retention. Preference will be given to projects focused on current in-demand job skills, including healthcare, information technology, and technical training (including manufacturing, building, plumbing, HVAC, electrical, masonry and energy).


CAT Limited-Time 2:1 Match Opportunity

In support of the Caterpillar Foundation’s 70th Anniversary and Giving Tuesday, the Foundation will provide a limited-time 2:1 match through their Matching Gifts Program for global employee and U.S. retiree gifts made starting November 28 through December 12, 2022 (or once the match total reaches $2M USD). If you are interested, we recommend taking action soon after the opportunity launches the week of November 28 as this 2:1 match is on a first-come first-serve basis and we may reach our cap quickly!

For program details and to submit your match request, visit the Limited-Time 2:1 Match site to review guidelines and FAQs.

CFCI Seeks Director of Communications

We are searching for a dynamic individual to lead all aspects of the Foundation’s marketing initiatives and brand management. This position will increase public awareness and strengthen our position through printed and digital communications to donors, professional advisors, non-profit partners, community leaders and the media. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs, and building strong community partnerships. Additional details HERE.

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