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including your own.

If you're reading this, you probably have a deep-seated desire to make a difference in the world...

You may have a clear idea of how you want to do it, or you may still be working out the details. Either way, this much is true: no one is better equipped to help you make an impact with your charitable efforts than Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation.

Changing the world is a complicated business. If you’re serious about it, you’ll need a partner who will provide expert guidance and support. Most of all, you’ll want a partner who shares your passion for making the world—particularly, our little corner of it—a better place. 

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation is that partner. For the past several years, we’ve been working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, civic leaders, and visionary philanthropists in Southeastern Illinois to facilitate large-scale change in our community.

There are many ways to give back to your community, project or specific charity and anyone can be a philanthropist. Here at Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, we have a staff of experts ready to help you and your family determine how and when you want to give.

Give to Support Current Needs

Over a lifetime your charitable interests can change as well as how you choose to make your charitable gifts. The Community Foundation accepts gifts in a number of ways to accommodate your preference for giving.

  • Give by Check: Checks made payable to Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation can be sent to PO Box 1211, Effingham, Illinois 62401. Please write the name of the fund you wish to give to in the Memo line on your check.
  • Give Online: Gifts to funds administered by the Community Foundation can be made online. Your donation will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to the Community Foundation and are subjected to a processing fee. Once a donation is made a receipt will be e-mailed to you.
  • Give through Appreciated Stock: To gift shares of stock please contact Joedy Hightower, President and CEO, at 217-342-4988 for transfer instructions. The Community Foundation must be aware of the type of stock and number of shares being gifted before the transaction can be made.
  • Give to Support Future Needs through Planned Giving: Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation offers a variety of options for making gifts through your estate plan or will. Learn more about Gift Planning.  

Give to Support Future Community Needs 

If you are interested in supporting the long-term future needs of your community, a permanent endowment with us may be your best option. Learn more about establishing a fund with the Community Foundation.