Who We Are

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, headquartered in Effingham, Illinois, serves a network of donors and fund advisors located throughout its service area. The Community Foundation is governed by a board of directors who represent the region’s diverse geographic interests. 

Our Leadership

The staff of Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation includes professionals in community development, accounting, financial aid and communication.

Amanda Lessley, President/CEO
Connie Lilly, Accounting/Donor Services Administrator
Kristen Bertrand, Program Officer
Alex Pleasant, Development Officer
Jen Bergbower, Administrative Assistant

Our governing board members are the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future. They are responsible for adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure the Community Foundation has adequate resources to advance its mission. 

2021 Governing Board

Chuck Deters, Chair
Dean Bingham, Vice Chair
Julie Everett, Secretary/Treasurer 
Steve Hardin
Aaron Leonard
Scott Bloomberg
Ryan Orrick
Mel Stock
Jake Dively

Our Core Values

Collaboration – We bring together people, processes and assets to focus on the common goal of community strength and sustainability. Together we can accomplish more than we can separately.

Best Practices – We utilize efficient, effective strategies and methods to enhance staff and volunteer talents and resources for the benefit of communities in our region.

Growth and Development – We work to support local communities in their growth and positive evolution into the future.

Power of Community – We believe in and support the power of community residents to develop their potential by applying their passions and their resources.

Commitment to Excellence

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation has met the National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the National Standards of U.S. Community Foundations Program administered by the Council on Foundations, a membership body of more than 2,000 grant-making foundations and giving programs worldwide. This affirms our commitment to financial security, transparency and accountability.

These values guide us in putting assets to work for good, forever.