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Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation receives 2015 Outstanding Leadership in Community and Economic Development Award PDF Print E-mail
Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was recently awarded the 2015 Outstanding Leadership in Community and Economic Development Award by East Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation at the organization’s 31st Annual Celebration Awards Banquet held on May 21, 2015 at the Thelma Keller Convention Center.  Brian Titus, current board chair and Joedy Hightower, President and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.  The nomination was submitted by Jim Schultz, founding board member of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and the newly appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. 

2015 ECIDC Award
The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and its regional affiliate community foundations continuously seek to promote the standard of living and economic health in communities in Clark, Clay, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Lawrence, Jasper, Richland, and Shelby Counties. The organization’s mission is “Cultivating Philanthropy to Build Better Communities.”  Local issues in education, youth development, healthcare, arts and culture, workforce and economic development, and the environment are addressed through the foundation’s philanthropic work with individuals, families, corporations and other nonprofit organizations. The regional community foundation is among those recognized nationwide as attaining the highest standards of practice, certified as in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ National Standards for Community Foundations.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation has a rich history of growth beginning in 1980 with the establishment of the Mattoon Area Community Foundation and the Effingham County Community Foundation in 1999. The subsequent merger of the two founding organizations in 2009 set in motion a regional scale operation equipped to serve donors and non-profit organizations in 11 southeastern Illinois counties. In July 2012, the next chapter of growth began with the establishment of the Jasper County Community Foundation and the Crawford County Community Foundation in 2015.

The following are examples of the impact the community foundation is making in the region:
1.    Following the merger of Mattoon and Effingham, total charitable assets under management has grown from $4 million in 2009 to over $18 in 2015.
2.    Since 2009, SICF has reinvested over $3 million into the region in the form of grants, scholarships, and financial support of non-profit organizations and community economic development efforts.
3.    In December 2012, the community foundation facilitated a $6 million gift from a local donor and coordinated the $3 million community campaign to raise funds to build the Richard E. Workman Sports and Wellness Complex, a $13.5 million facility in Effingham scheduled to open later this year. Other examples of funds directed toward economic development managed by the community foundation include:  CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) operating funds in Effingham, Coles, Jasper and Crawford counties.  These transformational classes provide outstanding education to high school students and encourage young people to return to their hometowns to live and work as adults;
 The regional foundation model continues to demonstrate that small rural communities working together can accomplish more than they can separately.
Regional community foundation welcomes new directors PDF Print E-mail

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation recently appointed Mr. Jerry McDaniel and Dr. Ned Hoppin to seats on the governing board of directors.

Dr. Ned HoppinDr. Ned Hoppin is retired from Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center.   He  was born and raised in northern California, graduated from University of California at Berkeley and received his M.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine.  Dr. Hoppin was Director of the Regional Cancer Center from 1991 until 2008, when he became Vice- President of Medical Affairs at Sarah Bush.  He has served on several boards including Mattoon School Board, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Coles County Public Health and Catholic Charities.  He is currently a member of the Board of Coles County Council on Aging, Mattoon Rotary and Immaculate Conception Church.  Dr. Hoppin and his wife, Barbara, have two sons and one granddaughter.

Jerry McDaniel is President and owner of Superior Fuels, Inc., a wholesale supplier of petroleum products, ethanol and bio diJerry McDanielesel in Southern Illinois, and owner in Dirtbuster Carwash, LLC.  McDaniel is the founder of McDaniel Transportation which began as a two-truck operation in 1984 and grew to over 150 trucks serving customers in 5 states until The Kenan Advantage Group purchased the company in 2000.  He also sits on the Board of Directors of Midland States Bank in Effingham.  He served on the Board of the Effingham County Community Foundation prior to accepting a three –year term on the governing board of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation.  Mr. McDaniel and his wife, Madalaine, enjoy spending time on Lake Sara with their three children.

According to Brian Titus, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, “The appointment of McDaniel and Dr. Hoppin represents a significant step toward expanding our board’s reflection of the region we serve and we look forward to their contributions to the board.“  

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) 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 $17 million in charitable assets for the greater good of Southeastern Illinois.
Lumpkin Family Foundation named Philanthropist of the Year PDF Print E-mail

This annual award recognizes individuals who have shown remarkable commitment to their community by offering philanthropic support and demonstrating exceptional leadership. Namesake of the award, Rick Siemer, President of Siemer Milling Company and a director of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation sponsored this year’s award.  Dr. Ned Hoppin, a director of the Mattoon Area Community Foundation board, presented the award to members of The Lumpkin Family Foundation in attendance at the event.

TBess, Emme & Gabi Celio (Lumpkin Family)he Lumpkin Family Foundation, its staff, and the family behind the Foundation have been visionaries behind many of East Central Illinois’ proudest accomplishments.  From the founding of the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, to the development of the Eastern Illinois University College of Business, to the growth and development of many smaller organizations besides, the Lumpkin Family Foundation has demonstrated over their 61 year history outstanding philanthropic leadership.

In 1953, Besse A. Lumpkin created the Foundation with a simple bequest of $100,000.  Besse’s husband William together with his father Iverson A. Lumpkin were both dentists in Mattoon in the latter part of the nineteenth century when they founded the Mattoon Telephone Company in 1894.  Over the ensuing century, the company grew, becoming Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company, and then Consolidated Communications, eventually going public – and now with subsidiaries in rural communities across the country.  Over the decades, The Lumpkin Family Foundation received donations from subsequent generations of the Lumpkin family. Today, the 44 members of the Lumpkin family's fourth, fifth and even their sixth generation contribute time and resources to The Foundation from where they live across the country.

According to Hoppin, “There are many reasons to single out the Lumpkin Family Foundation for recognition.  The magnitude of their philanthropy and their commitment to our region – despite now living mostly outside the area – absolutely comes to mind.  For me, the most important reason to acknowledge them is the model they are to the rest of us.  Even accounting for size, there are lessons all of us can take away and apply to our own philanthropy.”

Over the past ten years, The Lumpkin Family Foundation has made grants in excess of $10 million to 270 organizations in East Central Illinois alone.  According to Joedy Hightower, President/CEO of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, “Not only does The Lumpkin Family Foundation provide an example to each of us in the organized way they approach the community, they provide a model for the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation.  The Lumpkin’s model shows us how our own Foundation can facilitate conversations and provide the support to local families that the Lumpkin Foundation’s professional staff provide to the Lumpkin family.”   The nomination of the Lumpkin Family Foundation was submitted by the Mattoon Area Community Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Lumpkin Family Foundation pictured with some of their many grantees
You are invited to the 2014 Annual Dinner PDF Print E-mail

          To make reservations, call 217-342-4988
                or click here to download the reservation form.
                Raffle tickets are also now on sale!  See below
                           the invitation for more information.

2014 SICF Annual Dinner invitation



Raffle tickets available now!

$20 per ticket/6tickets for $100

(Winner need not be present to win)

Items being raffled this year include:

  • 65” LG 1080P LED-LCD TV

16:9 -120HZ  Dolby Digital DTS 

3 HDMI Ports,  USB Port

 Streaming Internet Access, Media Player

 (Est. Value:  $1,700)

  • Cardinal Club Seats at Home Plate

Four Green Seats

VIP Parking

Pre-game Buffet/Full service bar

In-seat food service and bar during game

(Est. Value: $1,140)

  • Traeger Wood Pellet Texas Grill

High-tech auger-fed burner

Electronic auto-start ignition

Multi-position digital thermostat control

EZ-drain grease system

(Est. Value:  $1,000)

  • An Evening at the Fabulous Fox

“MOTOWN” Sat. Nov. 21

Two Fox Club theatre tickets

Hotel accommodations at Ignacio Hotel

$100 dinner certificate

(Est. Value: $500)

  • Designer Sunglasses

Up to $300 toward your choice of

Designer sunglasses

(Est. Value $300)

             Click HERE to print out raffle tickets


Call 217-342-4988 to purchase your raffle tickets today!

Thank you to our Raffle Sponsors!

  • First National Bank of Dieterich

(Fox Theatre Package)

  • Roy Schmidt Honda

(Cardinal Club Tickets)

  • Brian & Sara Titus/Lorenz Supply

(Traeger Grill)

  • Al’s Electronics

(65 “ LED  LCD TV)

  • Dr. Joe Spraul, Visionary Eyewear

(Designer Sunglasses)

  • Cash Donations

Century 21 Hutton - Matheny

Kemper CPA Group/Effingham & Mattoon

Travis & Kendra Franklin

RR Donnelly & Company

Mark & Karen Bolander

Stan & Nanci Huels

Claude & Linda Hudson

Brian & Heather Hinton

Scott & Michele Lensink

Jim & Mari Beth Hull



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

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.  

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