Looking back...

moving forward.


Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation has a rich history of progress from the founding of Mattoon Area Community Foundation in 1980 and Effingham County Community Foundation in 1999, to the hiring of its first paid staff member in 2004. Both Effingham and Mattoon achieved independent certification from Council on Foundations for the National Standards for Community Foundations in 2005 and 2007 respectively. In July 2012, re-certification was received.

In 2009, the two founding organizations came together to form Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and enthusiastically embarked upon the building of the new regional organization. This marked a key turning point in the organization’s evolution and direction and much has been learned about the benefits, as well as the challenges, of building a regional scale operation serving multiple communities.

With more than $17 million in assets and more than 130 funds, Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is a regional leader in philanthropy. Our donors come from all walks of life and united in their commitment to the community and the recognition that their charitable intentions will be preserved for generations to come through the stewardship of the Community Foundation.