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Emory-Kolb joins staff of regional community foundation PDF Print E-mail
1-30-2014

Janeen Emory-KolbThe Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation recently welcomed Janeen Emory-Kolb to the administrative staff of the regional philanthropic organization.  “The community foundation’s steady growth over the past five years has allowed us to expand our staff and increase our capacity to serve communities, organizations and donors in the region.  We are pleased to have Janeen aboard,” said Joedy Hightower, President and CEO of the community foundation. 

Janeen grew up on a farm near Prairie City, Illinois, where she was active in sports, band and McDonough County 4-H. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.  She was a member of the Marching Illini and held leadership roles in several agriculture clubs. She later received her Masters of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University, Macomb.  

She has a total of 16 years experience in leadership and development working with agriculture producer groups, educational partners and 4-H youth leaders at University of Illinois Extension in Fulton, Henry and Stark Counties.  She was a Henry County Fair Board member for 12 years and president for two years.  Prior to relocating with her family to Effingham in July of 2013, she was employed by Lavender Crest Winery near Colona IL, where she coordinated special events. Janeen and her husband, Brandon Kolb, have a nine year old daughter, Kinzie.  

Janeen’s role at the community foundation will include administrative support of donor services, program, marketing and accounting functions. The community foundation manages approximately $15.5 million in charitable assets for its member community foundations and affiliated funds in Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland and Shelby counties and has reinvested more than $2.5 million in Southeastern Illinois since 2009.  

 
Nominations sought for Outstanding Philanthropist in Southeastern Illinois PDF Print E-mail
07-10-2013


Each year Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation recognizes outstanding philanthropic achievements by individuals in Southeastern Illinois.  Nominations for the Richard C. Siemer Outstanding Philanthropist Award are being accepted beginning July 8 through August 30. 

This year’s award is being sponsored by Midland States Bank. Leon J. Holschbach, President and CEO of Midland States Bank commented, “All the hometowns in our region benefit greatly from individuals who so generously give back.   Midland States Bank is honored to sponsor this year’s award and appreciates the foundation’s efforts of recognizing these individuals in such an appropriate way.” 

“We hope individuals will take a moment to nominate those people that demonstrate their passion and commitment for giving back to their community,” said Joedy Hightower, president/CEO of the Community Foundation.  Nominations for the Outstanding Philanthropist Award are open to any individual or family in Southeastern Illinois with a proven record of exceptional generosity who demonstrates outstanding civic and charitable responsibility. 

Nomination forms must be received by midnight on Friday, August 30, 2013.  The 2013 Outstanding Philanthropist will be announced at the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation benefit on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham. 

Tom Wright from Dieterich, Illinois was selected for the award last year.  Tom’s history of service includes the Friends of St. Anthony’s; Lake Land College Foundation, Cross at the Crossroads Foundation, Effingham County 911 Board and the Effingham County Economic Development Board.  In his hometown, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Dieterich Community Development Corporation and is a member of the Dieterich Ruritan Club, Dieterich S.O.S., Dieterich Community Medical Center Rural Health Clinic Committee and Grace Lutheran Church. 

For questions regarding nominations contact Joedy Hightower at 217.342.4988.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 2009 as a result of a partnership between the Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and the Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1980).  Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation operates as a collection of permanent and non-permanent funds for the long-term benefit of Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland and Shelby counties in Southeastern Illinois.
 
Regional community foundation welcomes Jasper County business man to board of directors PDF Print E-mail
01-29-2013

Mark BolanderThe Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation recently expanded its governing body by one seat and approved the appointment of Mr. Mark Bolander of Newton, Illinois to a three year term.

Mr. Bolander is owner/president of Rex Vault Service in Newton, Illinois and has served as Mayor of the City of Newton since 2005.  He is a graduate of Newton Community High School and attended Olney Community College and Frontier Community College majoring in business and accounting.   Mr. Bolander is also owner of West Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery and co-owner of Eagle Country Water Works.  

According to Scott Lensink, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, “The appointment of Mr. Bolander represents a significant step toward expanding our board’s reflection of the region we serve and we look forward to his participation on the board."

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 1999 as a result of a partnership between the Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and the Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1990) designed to serve additional counties in the region.  Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation operates as a collection of permanent and non-permanent funds for the long-term benefit of Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland and Shelby counties.  Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation currently manages approximately $13.5 million in charitable assets for the greater good of Southeastern Illinois.

Additional information regarding the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation may be obtained from Joedy Hightower at (217) 342-4988.
 
Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation in Top Philanthropic Tier Nationally PDF Print E-mail

Local Organization Meets Rigorous Standards for Quality and Accountability

8-27-2012
Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, Va.

“This is similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal for community foundations,” said Diane Miller, Manager of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “It says that Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation has demonstrated a commitment to operational quality, integrity and accountability.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grantmaking and administration. With over 200 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

“This is critically important to our donors,” said Joedy Hightower, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation president. “When people make a charitable bequest or establish a fund they are putting their trust in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards confirmation says our house is in order.”

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was established in 1999 as a result of a partnership between the Effingham County Community Foundation (est. 1999) and the Mattoon Area Community Foundation (est. 1990).  Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation operates as a collection of permanent and non-permanent funds for the long-term benefit of Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland and Shelby counties in Southeastern Illinois, allowing donors to advance a cause such as education or the environment, support an individual organization, provide flexible support for community needs or recommend individual grants. In addition to affirming the organization’s philanthropic services, the confirmation validates Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation’s grantmaking practices for the nonprofit community.


“Some say it’s easier to create wealth than to give money away wisely,” said Scott Lensink, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation board chair.  There’s some truth in that. Grantmaking is a lot like investing… we need to assess risks, weigh potential gains, diversify assets, monitor performance and operate fairly. When you see the National Standards Seal, you can be assured that we’re committed to meeting the highest standards for grantmaking as well.”

The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program is the first of its kind for charitable foundations in the United States. 
Through philanthropic services, strategic investments and community leadership, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation helps people support the causes they care about, now and for generations to come.

 
Scott’s Pay It Forward Fund makes first grant award PDF Print E-mail
4/18/2012
 
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation recently received a gift of $5,000 from the Scott’s Pay It Forward Fund (SPIFF) to support families of children with cancer who are in need of financial help as they battle this dreaded disease.  

Even though Scott Ellis lost his own personal battle with cancer in 2009, his family, friends and community has not given up the fight.  Mike and Durinda Ellis, Scott’s parents, are extremely excited to announce this first distribution to Children’s Hospital.  “The purpose of SPIFF is to preserve the spirit of Scott’s desire to “pay forward” all the support he experienced in his fight against cancer and to somehow make a difference in the lives of others fighting the battle for their own lives.  On behalf of Lindsey Ellis, Amanda (Ellis) Washburn, and the awesome SPIFF Committee, we want everyone in the community to know how extremely appreciative we are of your willingness to support our efforts to give back in Scott’s name,” said Mike Ellis.

According to Flip Becker, St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, “It takes a tremendous effort to face the trials encountered when a family member is confronted with cancer.  In many cases, a little financial help here and there can make all the difference in a good day and a bad day for families.  Because of this gift, many families will feel the comfort of Scott’s legacy.”

Upcoming fundraising events for the Scott’s Pay It Forward Fund include a Rummage Sale on March 31st and the 2012 SPIFF Golf Outing and 5k Run on June 15 and 16.  The SPIFF fund is managed by the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and contributions to the fund are tax deductible.

Additional information regarding the Scott’s Pay It Forward Fund can be obtained by contacting Mike and Durinda Ellis at (217) 276-2515 or Joedy Hightower, President/CEO, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, at (217) 342-4988.
 
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