Crawford County Community Foundation Advisory Board

About Us

In 2015, Crawford County Community Foundation became our newest affiliate with a collection of funds and a local advisory board designated to enhance the quality of life in Crawford County…forever. Individuals, through gifts and bequests of all sizes, can establish a variety of funds within one large county-wide affiliate. The income from these separate funds – and the principal if so desired by the donor – can help the community respond to emerging problems and opportunities, as well as preparing for its future. This county-wide affiliate began four years ago with an endowment fund managed by the Community Foundation for the benefit of Palestine.

Palestine, Illinois is a small, rural community in Crawford County with a rich history and community leaders that are working hard to keep their hometown viable and thriving. Under the leadership of the Palestine Development Association (PDA), Palestine has made significant progress since 2000 through community-driven economic development strategies primarily supported by homegrown assets. Looking to the future, PDA partnered with Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation in 2011 to establish the Palestine Community Endowment. Like a savings account, this permanent endowment fund will provide Palestine a reliable source of additional income each year. According to Steve McGahey, a director of the organization, “We hope to preserve the history and values of our community founders by raising much needed assets for the long-term benefit of Palestine.”

In addition to the Palestine Community Endowment and Community Fund, the Crawford County CEO Program needed a fiscal agent when it was established in 2013. The Community Foundation already managed several other CEO Class Program Funds and was well equipped to manage the operating funds for Crawford County CEO.

Most recently, the Crawford County Community Foundation Affiliate Advisory Board has established the Crawford County Community Foundation Endowment, an unrestricted endowment that can best meet emerging and future needs in Crawford County. Gifts to this fund are invested and a portion of the earnings, on an annual basis, will be reinvested into Crawford County year after year, forever!

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