Community Connection

October 2023

Embracing Change and Growth at CFCI

As the leaves change colors, we're embracing transformation at CFCI. In this season of change, we're introducing our fall grant recipients who are cultivating change in our community. Behind the scenes, we're in the midst of strategic planning. This process will help us enhance our ability to better serve the community. At the Community Foundation of Central Illinois, we're committed to embracing change and helping our community thrive. Our goal remains the same, to empower individuals and organizations to create positive and lasting change in central Illinois.

October Update with Mark Roberts

Fall Grant Recipients

We are proud to announce our 2023 fall grant recipients who are passionate about making a difference. Their innovative projects and unwavering dedication are shaping our community's future. Follow CFCI's social media channels as we take our big check on the road, visiting some the non-profits listed below.

2023 Community Needs Grant Recipients

Organization Name

Program Name

Amount Awarded

LifeLine Pilots

Bridging the Transportation Gap to Healthcare


Dream Center of Peoria

Dream Center Peoria Housing/Shelter


Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois

Goodwill Employment Program


Freedom House

Child and Teen Counseling


Phoenix Community Development Services

Meals that Matter: Odyssey Café – A Social Enterprise



Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank

Diaper Equity Initiative: Bridging the Gap for

Central Illinois Families


Hult Center for Healthy Living

Comprehensive Suicide Prevention


Adult & Teen Challenge of the Greater Midwest

12-Month Residential Rehabilitation and Recovery Program for Men


Prairie State Legal Services

Children's Legal Advocacy Program


Neighborhood House

Youth Education Program


Heart of IL Big Brothers

Big Sisters

Youth Mentoring Program


The Center for Prevention of Abuse

Children's Therapy


The Autism Collective

Autism Collective Care Coordination


Foster Village Peoria

Support Group Program Expansion


Public Interest Law Initiative

Civil Legal Aid


Illinois State Dental Society Foundation

Illinois Mission of Mercy


Tazewell County Health Department

TCHD Mental Health Program


Central Illinois Center for the Blind and Visually


Community Connect Transportation Initiative for the Blind



Family School Liaison Program


Easterseals Central Illinois

Learning to Walk – Physical Therapy Enhanced Treadmill


Why Not Now Inc. d/b/a Camp Big Sky

Living A Life Like Any Other


Peoria Public Schools Foundation

Career Exploration Programs Field Trip Funding – Horizons

Club Middle School Program




2023 Women’s Fund Success Grant Recipients

Organization Name

Program Name

Amount Awarded

Center for Prevention of Abuse

PreventEd: Relationship Abuse


Hult Center for

Healthy Living

Empowering Young Girls Through Comprehensive Sexual and Reproductive Health Education


Dream Center Peoria

Zoe House


Soulside Healing Arts

Community Doula Program


Loving Bottoms

Diaper Bank

Empowering Periods: Breaking the Cycle of Period Poverty


Living To Serve Foundation

Women’s Health Fairs


ART, Inc.

EmpowHER Our Girls


Peoria Grow Your Own

Teachers for Tomorrow: Preparing Future Teachers for Success in the Classroom


Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central


Pilot Postpartum

Recovery Kits




2023 Women’s Fund Girls Investing in Girls Grant Recipient 

Organization Name

Program Name

Amount Awarded

Girls Light Our Way (GLOW)

Girls Light Our Way “Sorority Girls” STEM Project




2023 Local Jobs Fund Grant Recipient 

Organization Name

Program Name

Amount Awarded

Washington BRIDGE Education Foundation

Washington BRIDGE Education Foundation’s Trades Grants




Emerging Philanthropists Fund

Exciting News! Introducing the Emerging Philanthropists Fund on Instagram! 


What we do:

-Build the Emerging Philanthropists Fund

-Address community needs through grantmaking

-Learn about local nonprofits

You don't have to be wealthy to be part of this giving circle. By pooling our resources, we make a difference. Every year, we vote on grants for nonprofits.

For more information about the Emerging Philanthropists Fund and how to join, visit

Women's Fund Girls Investing in Girls

Richwoods High School students with Assistant Principal, Dr. Renee Andrews (bottom left) and Women's Fund Advisory Board member and Richwoods Alumni Kala Pierce (pink jacket).

"I came into this not knowing a lot about non-profits, grants or philanthropy, or even knowing what philanthropy meant. I learned about foundations and the grant making process. I would recommend this to other girls, to get to meet others from different schools and how to be a part of giving back in your community. The Women's Fund is amazing and I'm so glad I attended."

-2023 Girls Investing in Girls participant

The third annual Girls Investing in Girls was a great success! Thank you to all the volunteers, speakers, school sponsors and students that participated! This empowering event brought together young girls to explore the world of philanthropy, raise awareness about nonprofit and charitable organizations, discover their personal passions for charitable work, and grant funds to a local nonprofit serving women and girls. The Girls Investing in Girls (GIG) workshop introduced the concept of philanthropy to young women from eleven high schools across the tri-county area. The participants voted, after two very impactful presentations, and $5,000 was awarded to Girls Light Our Way (GLOW) for their "Sorority Girls" STEM project. We extend our gratitude to our generous sponsors, Kari Burg-Braggs with Morgan Stanley as our presenting sponsor, and additional support from the Peoria County Regional Office of Education, National Association of Women Business Owners Central Illinois, and Women in Leadership of Central Illinois.

Women's Fund

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