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Lumpkin Family Foundation named Philanthropist of the Year PDF Print E-mail
10-21-2014

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
9-3-2014

          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

                                                or

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
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.
 
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