Effingham County Community Foundation Advisory Board

About Us

The establishment of Effingham County Community Foundation was inspired by bequests made from George and Minnie Kluthe, life-long farmers from Decatur, Illinois. This couple bequeathed their combined estates for charitable purposes in Effingham County. More than 30 projects were funded, including the Kluthe Center for Higher Education, The Kluthe Pool, and community buildings in Dieterich and Beecher City. Seeing the success of the Kluthe bequest, the Effingham County Community Foundation was established in 1999 by Effingham citizens for Effingham citizens. Founding members of the Community Foundation included: Thomas Henderson, Newlin Martin, James Schultz, John Schultz, Richard Siemer, Henry Stephens and Richard Workman. These individuals guided the Community Foundation, overseeing the management and distribution of funds entrusted to them by donors.

Effingham County Community Foundation connects people who care about Effingham County, its citizens and its future, with causes that further the givers’ philanthropic goals. The Community Foundation inspires and assists individuals of all backgrounds in creating lasting legacies for the benefit of the community. Effingham County Community Foundation facilitates philanthropy by making it easier for individuals to support the causes they care about, offering personalized service, local expertise and community leadership.

We build,enrich,strengthen,improve our hometown with:

Effingham County Funds

Effingham County Hometown Events