The Community Foundation of Macon County is a local organization with roots in the community. Our staff has extensive knowledge of community issues and needs, enabling us to provide donors with guidance as to where or how to invest their gifts. We provide personalized service tailored to each individual's charitable and financial interests, and are able to facilitate even the most complex forms of giving. By pooling gift dollars with other gifts and grants, we are able to multiply the impact of donations.
Below are just some of the funds you might consider giving to through the Community Foundation:
If you have any questions contact us at 217-429-3000 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Anne Lloyd Endowment for the Decatur Area Arts Council was created by Bob Lloyd, in memory of his wife Anne, to support the mission and activities of the Decatur Area Arts Council. Bob's original gift was matched by the ADM Challenge. Since its inception in 2003 several other donors have added to this endowment which provides an annual distribution to the Arts Council.
This endowed fund was created by donations for The Children's Museum and an ADM Challenge Match. The earnings from this fund are distributed to The Children's Museum of Illinois and are used to support their mission and activities.
The Governor Oglesby Mansion Charitable Fund is an endowed fund created by local donors and an ADM Challenge Match. Distributions from the fund are distributed to The Governor Oglesby Mansion to support the mission and activities.
This endowed fund was created by David Fathauer, in memory of his wife Louise. Annual distributions from the fund are made to the Decatur Area Arts Council for their Program Scholarship Fund, which provides class tuition for those who cannot otherwise afford it.
This endowed fund was created by generous donors to provide annual scholarships to Macon County students who demonstrate excellent potential and musicianship on the piano and who wish to take private lessons with a faculty piano teacher at Millikin University.
This endowed fund was created by a generous gift from Doug and Peg Schmalz. In addition to their original gift, Doug and Peg also provided a $25,000 matching challenge gift if other donors would step forward. Together these funds provide a steady income stream that help to support the mission and activities of Theatre 7.
The Charles and Patricia Perkinson Communityworks Endowment was created by a $1 Million gift from Charles Perkinson that was matched with a $1 Million grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation as part of the Communityworks Challenge. The annual earnings from this fund are used to address issues in Early Childhood Education, Workforce Development, and Land Use and Protection.
The Come Together Fund is for expenses related to holding the annual walk event with proceeds that benefit local education, awareness, screening and treatment programs for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer.
The purpose of this fund is to create an unrestricted endowment which would allow The Community Foundation to make grants based on the community's needs at that time. It will help ensure that as our county's needs change, there will be a steady stream of income to help address those needs.
The Grand Victoria Foundation provided a $1 Million dollar grant to this endowed fund as part of the statewide Communityworks initiative, in addition to matching funds for donations toward this initiative. The annual earnings from this fund are used to address issues in Early Childhood, Workforce Development, and Land Use and Protection.
The Decatur Earthmovers Credit Union Communityworks Endowment was created by a $10,000 gift from the Decatur Earthmovers Credit Union in recognition of David Walker's career upon his retirement. Their gift was matched with a $10,000 grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation as part of the Communityworks Challenge. The annual earnings from this fund are used to address issues in Early Childhood, Workforce Development, and Land Use and Protection.
The Decatur Earthmovers Credit Union Communityworks Endowment was created by a $50,000 gift from the Decatur Earthmovers Credit Union in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Their gift was matched with a $50,000 grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation as part of the Communityworks Challenge. The annual earnings from this fund are used to address issues in Early Childhood, Workforce Development, and Land Use and Protection.
Donations to this fund are used to promote the mission and work of the Grow Decatur collaborative, a growth initiative working to transform Decatur, IL into a robust community. For more information go to: www.growdecatur.org
Original donations to this fund helped create the relief sculpture by famed artist Preston Jackson, of one of Decatur's pioneering civil rights leaders, Mr. Horace G. Livingston, Jr. The sculpture can be seen at Mueller Park, Decatur, IL.
Donations to this fund help sponsor and promote the annual small business beautification contest, Let's Keep Decatur Bee-utiful. The purpose of the contest is to encourage, promote and reward small businesses in the Decatur Area who present a clean, beautiful presence to the community.
The board of directors of The Community Foundation created this fund to honor Lucy Murphy, founding President, upon her retirement in 2010. Annual distributions from this fund help to cover the administrative costs of The Foundation.
The Grand Victoria Foundation provided a $1 Million dollar grant to this endowed fund as part of the statewide Communityworks initiative. The annual earnings from this fund are used to help cover the administrative costs of The Foundation.
The Central Illinois Ad Club of Decatur, Illinois, created this scholarship for graduating seniors from a Macon County (Illinois) high school who plan to attend Millikin University or Richland Community College to major in Graphic Design, Marketing, or Communications.
Created using funds from an anonymous bequest, the purpose of this award is to provide a source of funding for higher education for qualified individuals who are an immediate family member of a AFSCME Local 612 employee.
This award was established to honor Bill Turner, a distinguished Research Chemist at A.E. Staley Manufacturing Company (currently Tate & Lyle), who was credited with the development of two starch patents. This award recognizes an outstanding graduating chemistry student at St. Teresa High School.
The Everett Ryan Early Bird Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship Award for Richland Community College honoring Everett Ryan, a teacher at Douglas MacArthur High School, was created by John Eugene "Jack" and Barbara Ann Witzeman McCoy. Everett Ryan was a member of The Early Bird Kiwanis Club of Decatur.
John Leighty graduated from Decatur High School in 1927, he earned a bachelorâs degree from Millikin University and his Doctor of Philosophy Degree (Ph.D.) from Purdue University. He later became the Director of Research for the Eli Lilly Company. The Decatur High School Class of 1927 was established by John Leighty and several members of his graduating class. Matching dollars also were contributed by the Eli Lilly Foundation.
Originally intended for Stephen Decatur High School graduates, the founders included the stipulation that if Stephen Decatur High School closed, the earnings each year would be divided equally among the remaining Decatur public high schools and St. Teresa High School, providing one scholarship for each school. The selection criteria includes acceptance to an institution of higher education, financial need, good grades, good citizenship, and being a well-rounded student.
The Claud Thompson Decatur Industrial Electric Scholarship assists students seeking a career in business through the Tabor School of Business (PACE included) at Millikin University or students pursing engineering technology degrees at Richland Community College. Additional criteria online include financial need and students who are self-driven and leadership-oriented
with a record of community service. High school seniors and college students, may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Thanks to management at Decatur Foundry, Inc., J. L. JohnsonÃ¢ÂÂs dreams of providing a source of funding for qualified high school students who are pursuing higher education continues to be a
reality. Criteria requires students seeking assistance must have an immediate family member that is a current or a retired employee of Decatur Foundry, Inc. This scholarship can be renewed each
year for three years if the student makes good progress toward their degree.
The Elfreda Virginia Jacobson Witzeman Scholarship Award for Richland Community College honoring Elfreda Witzeman who is the mother of Barbara A. Witzeman McCoy and Susan Witzeman, was created by John Eugene "Jack" and Barbara Ann Witzeman McCoy. Her husband was the late Everett Burk Witzeman. Her grandchildren are John Eugene McCoy II, Michael Burk McCoy, Mary Catherine McCoy
Smith, and Kimberly Ann McCoy Brown.
The Everett Ryan Early Bird Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship Award for Richland Community College honoring Everett Ryan, a teacher at Douglas MacArthur High School,was created by John Eugene "Jack" and Barbara Ann Witzeman McCoy. Everett Ryan was a member of The Early Bird Kiwanis Club of Decatur.
Established by members of the Golden K Kiwanis Club of Decatur, the purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to students in the Macon County (Illinois) region attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university. In addition, the student must have participated in extracurricular activities, community service, and/or church activities, be a full-time student, and be in good academic standing. Seniors may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
The Harry S. Johnston Early Bird Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship Award for Richland Community College honoring Harry S. Johnston, a corporate cashier at Archer Daniels Midland. Harry Johnston was a member of The Early Bird Kiwanis Club of Decatur
James W. Thomas was born in 1947, and began his career in education with the Decatur public high schools in 1972. During his tenure, he served as a business teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant principal, and principal until 2002. As a respected leader, Mr. Thomas served as a president of the Decatur Association Building Administrators and Phi Delta Kappa. In addition, he served on many educational committees. Mr. Thomas died in 2002 at the age of 54.
This scholarship was established in his memory by school staff, friends, and family members to provide financial assistance for a graduating senior of a Decatur public high school who is majoring in education and pursuing a college degree in teaching. Seniors at Decatur public high schools may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
The John Eugene McCoy II Scholarship Award for Richland Community College honors John Eugene McCoy II, a graduate of Richland Community College. The award was created by John Eugene "Jack" and Barbara Ann Witzeman McCoy.
John Leman, an Eisenhower High School teacher, had an amazing careerâ¦but it is even more remarkable when you realize that he battled multiple sclerosis for over 20 years and leukemia for eight years. In 2007, members of Mr. Lemanâs Eisenhower High School music classes from 1963 through 1967 rallied together to honor his legacy by creating this scholarship which annually sends a talented music student to the University of Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) Program. The recipient of this scholarship (sophomore or junior) is selected by the music teacher and other staff members at Eisenhower High School. The student must complete the application through the U of I Summer Youth Music Program.
The James B. Parson Scholarship Award honors Judge James B. Parsons, a Decatur native, and the African American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois, and was created by John Eugene "Jack" and Barbara Ann Witzeman McCoy.
Lois was born in Decatur in 1956, graduated from MacArthur High School in 1974, and resided in Mt. Zion. During her career she was employed at Kemper Insurance, State Farm Insurance, and J. L. Hubbard Insurance and Bonds. Upon her death in 2011, at the age of 54, colleagues, friends, and family established the Lois M. Chervinko Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of Lois Chervinko, who was continually recognized for her hard work and dedication throughout her 35 year career in the insurance industry.
The Lois M. Chervinko Scholarship Fund annually provides a scholarship for a Mt. Zion High School graduating senior who is pursuing a degree in business or a business related field. Other criteria taken into consideration includes good citizenship as evidenced by community service above the graduation requirement or involvement in school activities. Seniors at Mt. Zion High School may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly, a Central Labor Council of the AFL-CIO representing 13,000 union members and retirees in Macon County, created this scholarship to honor their past president, Michael E. Shampine, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 55. This scholarship is open to affiliate union members and their immediate family who plan to enroll in higher education, vocational trade school, or apprentice programs. The ideal recipient will be recognized as having a desire to succeed by demonstrating strengths in leadership, community, and political awareness. College students may reapply each year. High school seniors or college students renewing, may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Norman Lee Stewart began teaching English in the Decatur public high schools in 1959. In 1967, he became Chairman of MacArthur High SchoolÃ¢ÂÂs English Department where he remained until his retirement in 1989. Mr. Stewart passed away in 2013, and his family, former students, and friends contributed to his legacy of excellence in education through the creation of the Norman Lee Stewart Education Scholarship. This scholarship provides financial assistance to a MacArthur High School graduating senior who is pursuing a college degree in the humanities (languages, literature, philosophy, or history). Seniors at MacArthur High School may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Roberta K. Gorden from Blue Mound, Illinois, established this scholarship in December of 2014. This scholarship is awarded each spring to a graduating senior from a Macon County public high school who is seeking a degree in an agriculture related field. Criteria states the student must have financial need, be in good academic standing, demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities and community service, provide a letter of recommendation, and submit a 300-word essay describing the importance and value of work and mention the applicantÃ¢ÂÂs work experience. Seniors may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Robert âBobâ Witt, long time business teacher and athletic coach at Eisenhower High School in Decatur, graduated from Illinois State University in Normal. In 1958, he joined the staff at the newly opened Eisenhower High School. At Eisenhower, he taught business and coached various sports for 33 years. In 1959, he married Joy, and they raised three very successful children.
Bob Witt passed away in 1990 at the age of 57. Faculty at Eisenhower High School honored Bob by dedicating the gym in his honor and named it the Robert Witt Gymnasium. In 1991, faculty, family, and friends created the Robert Witt Scholarship fund in his memory. The scholarship is awarded each year to a girl or boy, senior athlete who displays a competitive spirit, is a hardworking team player, shows good sportsmanship, citizenship, and is of good character.
His wife Joy graduated with a teaching degree from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston and went on to receive her masterâs degree at the University of Illinois. She taught for over 38 years in Decatur as an elementary school teacher with approximately 30 of those years devoted to special reading classes and programs. Joy passed away in 2012 at age 76, and the scholarship was renamed by the family to include her. Each year, the recipient of the Robert and Joy Witt Scholarship is selected by a staff member in the athletic department at Eisenhower High School.
Robert G. Turner graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and earned a masterâs degree in Educational Administration at the University of Illinois. He taught social studies and coached at MacArthur High School before becoming assistant principal. In addition, he was principal at Eisenhower High School and served many years as associate superintendent of Decatur Public Schools until his retirement in 1984. Mr. Turner passed away in 1987 at the age of 66. Robert Turnerâs family established the Robert G. Turner Memorial Scholarship to honor his memory. Seniors at Eisenhower High School, MacArthur High School, St. Teresa High School, or LSA High School who are pursuing a Liberal Arts degree may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Robin Vogel earned an Associateâs Degree in Criminal Justice at Lincoln Land College and worked as a police dispatcher in Springfield before she was hired by the Decatur Police Department in 1999. Robin loved helping people through her job, spending time with her son, playing softball, and listening to music. However, on October 1, 2005, at the age of 37, Robin died in the line of duty when her squad car was broadsided by a drunk driver.
Following her death, fellow law enforcement officers from various departments contacted her family and organized a 5K memorial run to raise funds for a scholarship to honor and remember Robinâs sacrifice. The Robin Vogel Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior from a Macon County high school who is interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Additional criteria is available online. Seniors may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
In January 2014, Brenna Clark created the Run2beatPD (ParkinsonÃ¢ÂÂs Disease) campaign and set out to raise $2,500 for the National Parkinson Foundation while training to run her first half-marathon. She began this campaign to honor her mother who was diagnosed with ParkinsonÃ¢ÂÂs disease 17 years earlier. On May 3, 2014, in Indianapolis, Brenna completed her goal and raised $3,046 to present to the National Parkinson Foundation.
Brenna continued her goal, and the Inaugural Run2beatPD 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Walk kicked off Parkinson Disease Awareness Month in April 2015, in Forsyth Park. All proceeds from race entries provide a $500 scholarship for a Macon County high school senior planning to attend college and enter the healthcare field. Any remaining proceeds are donated directly to the National Parkinson Foundation. Student may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
In 2000, SuEllen Brauer, dedicated mathematics teacher at Eisenhower High School for 33 years and mathematics department chairperson for several of those years, established the SuEllen Brauer Scholarship.
This scholarship provides college funds for a graduating senior at Eisenhower High School who has taken four years of mathematics and demonstrated good character and integrity. In the spring, the recipient of this scholarship is selected by the mathematics department at Eisenhower High School.
This endowed scholarship fund was created by Susan and David Marshall to provide scholarships to students attending Millikin University. Each year the earnings from the fund are sent to Millikin University for distribution.
Susan Swanson was a special education teacher for 27 years in the Decatur Public School District and was voted Teacher of the Year during her tenure. As a college sophomore, Susan was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. As a teacher, her determination and perseverance with this disease were inspirational to her many students. Susan passed away in May 2007 at age 55 and was memorialized by her husband, Lloyd, and son, Andrew, through the establishment of The Susan Swanson Memorial Scholarship.
Lloyd retired after 27 years as a master patrol officer for the Decatur Police Department and past vice-president and sergeant at arms of the Policemenâs Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 39. Lloyd passed away in June 2014 at age 63. Upon Lloydâs death, the scholarship was renamed The Susan and Lloyd Swanson Memorial Scholarship.
This scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to children of those who have dedicated themselves to public service. Special consideration is given to students who declare a major in education, special education, computer science, or law enforcement. In addition, the student must be the child (son, step-son, daughter, or step-daughter) of a member of the Decatur Education Association (DEA) or the Police Benevolent and Protection Association (PBPA) Unit 39. Seniors may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Created by Ritchie and Sandy Barnett to honor the memory of Ritchieâs parents, who were married for over 50 years and engaged in farming throughout their lives.
The purpose of this scholarship Fund is to support and enhance the agricultural education programs by providing scholarships to students with a preference given to students studying in agricultural-related coursework. In the event scholarships cannot be awarded to such students, the fund can then be awarded to a student majoring in business. The Richland Community College Foundation and the collegeâs financial aid office will coordinate in the selection of the recipients and amount of the individual awards.
In 1946, Juanita and Robert Tomlinson moved to Decatur where they opened the Universal Music Studios on North Water Street. They taught music, sold musical instruments and supplies, and played local âgigs.â They had two daughters, Sandra and Nancy. Robert died in 1948, and Juanita was forced to sell the business and seek other employment. In 1962, Juanita married Carl Gates and moved to Lansing, Michigan, where she continued her love for music. Mr. Gates passed away in 1962.
When Juanita passed away in 2002 at the age of 93, daughter Sandra and her husband Ritchie Barnett, a Decatur business man, wanted to create a lasting memory for Sandraâs parents. Sandra and Ritchie too had been involved in music throughout their lives and had enjoyed Millikin Universityâs many programs, so it was natural for them to establish the Robert F. Tomlinson & Juanita Tomlinson Gates Music Scholarship at Millikin. In the spring, representatives from the Music Department at Millikin University select a deserving music major to receive this scholarship.
In 2004, June Roby established the Verne and June Roby Scholarship to be awarded to a student enrolled in the Tabor School of Business at Millikin University. Verne Roby earned a Business Degree from Millikin University. Following the Navy, Verne married June in 1944. In 1946, Verne became a licensed real estate salesman and broker for Roby and Roby along with his father in Decatur. Verne passed away in 2003.
June was born in Chicago, but loved Decatur from the first time she arrived in 1946. Decatur is where she and Verne raised three daughters. She was an active member of her church and volunteered for many community organizations. June passed away in 2013 at the age of 89. Representatives from the Tabor School of Business at Millikin University select a deserving business student to receive the Verne and June Roby Scholarship.
Wole Adeoye was born in Nigeria. His family realized the importance of an education and sacrificed everything to send Wole to the United States for an education. He graduated in 1984 from the College of Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1995, Wole and his family moved to Decatur where he accepted a job at Decatur Memorial Hospital as manager of pharmacy operations. In 1999, Wole opened the Victory Pharmacy in downtown Decatur.
In 2005, the Victory Pharmacy Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance for black students pursuing a college education in the pharmacy profession. This scholarship is awarded to a graduate of MacArthur or Eisenhower High Schools who demonstrates financial need, is in good academic and moral standing, and plans to attend an accredited college of pharmacy. Seniors at Eisenhower High School or MacArthur High School may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Walter Kirby was born in New York City and was talented in both voice and piano. While attending college, he discovered an interest in languages, and he also met and married his wife Vera. They had three children. He earned a Masterâs Degree from Columbia University. In 1943, Walter came to Decatur where he taught foreign languages in the public schools. In 1957, he joined the staff at the newly opened MacArthur High School where he taught foreign language until he retired in June 1974. Vera passed away in 1960. Walter married Inabell Trueblood, a teacher and administrator at MacArthur, in 1963. Walter passed away in 2000.
Inabell Trueblood was born in Decatur in May of 1919. She attended Decatur public schools. In 1941, she graduated from Millikin University. In 1957, following her service in the Army, Inabell joined the staff at the newly opened MacArthur High School where she was the Dean of Girls. In 1961, she took a leave of absence to complete her doctorate degree in Educational Administration at the University of Illinois. She continued to teach in Decatur schools until her retirement in 1984. Inabell passed away in 2009 at the age of 89. Inabell Trueblood Kirby established the Walter Kirby Memorial Scholarship to honor the memory of her husband. Upon Inabellâs death, the family renamed the scholarship - Walter and Inabell Kirby Memorial Scholarship.
This Central Christian Church Scholarship is awarded to graduating high school seniors who attend the Central Christian Church where Inabell was a member. One scholarship is for a senior at Eisenhower High School, and one scholarship is for a senior at MacArthur High School. Preference is given to students interested in music or languages. To apply, seniors should contact Central Christian Church.
The Decatur Family YMCA Soccer Program began over 35 years ago. Youth Soccer through the YMCA offers a noncompetitive, instructional league for children (boys and girls) ages four through high school in the community. Youth soccer teaches children the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The soccer programÃ¢ÂÂs greatest resource is volunteers who coach and mentor the children through guidance from the YMCA staff.
In 2001, the YMCA Soccer Club established the David Petrowski Soccer Scholarship in his memory. David was a friend and mentor to thousands of area youth as a coach and coordinator of the Decatur Family YMCAÃ¢ÂÂs Youth Soccer Program. Each year a scholarship is awarded to one male and female high school senior soccer athlete who advanced through the YMCA soccer program. Please contact the YMCA to sign up for soccer or apply for this scholarship.