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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 mbatman@maconcountygives.org .

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Fund Name   Description
Arts/Culture
Anne Lloyd Endowment Fund for the Decatur Area Arts Council Donate 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.
Children's Museum Fund Donate 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.
Governor Oglesby Mansion Charitable Fund Donate 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.
Illinois Symphony Orchestra Guild Bloomington-Normal Scholarship Donate The scholarship will be for private lessons by a professional teacher at an accredited school of music and will be awarded annually to a student grades 8-12 from McLean County who by audition shows exceptional musical talent on an instrument used in a symphony orchestra.
Louise A. Fathauer Memorial Fund for Decatur Area Arts Center Donate 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.
Macon County Historical Society Donate The Macon County Historical Society created this endowed agency fund to provide a steady income stream that would help support their mission and activities.
Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur -- Mertz & Fassnacht Piano Scholarships Donate 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.
Theatre 7 Endowment Donate 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.
Community Development
Board Governance Class Donate
Charles & Patricia Perkinson Communityworks Fund Donate 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.
Clokey Park Neighborhood Donate Donations to the Clokey Park Neighborhood Fund help support the work and mission of the Clokey Park Neighborhood Association.
Community Grants Endow Donate 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.
Communityworks Fund Donate 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.
Dave Walker Communityworks Fund Donate 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.
Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity Donate This endowed fund was created to benefit the Decatur Area Habitat for Humanity. Earnings from this fund may be used to support its mission and activities.
Decatur Earthmovers Credit Union Communityworks Endowment Donate 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.
Equity and Inclusion Endowment Fund Donate The Equity and Inclusion Endowment Fund provides a lasting legacy of support for ongoing needs in the areas of equity and inclusion. The fund awards 5% of its total growing assets each year in grants to Macon County nonprofits o advance their work in helping us build a community of expanded opportunities where all individuals are recognized and valued.
G1VE 365 Donate G1VE 365 is a collective impact and an opportunity to join a diverse group of community members who want their community to thrive. By giving $1 a day you become a part a the grant making experience. You can set your gift up as a recurring monthly $30.41, quarterly $91.25 or an annual $365 gift. Total donation should equal $365. Your membership includes non-profit tours, educational socials and a vote to make a difference in the community. Watch for emails regarding when these experiences are to take place.
Horace C. Livingston Memorial Project Donate 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.
Lucy Lloyd Murphy Operating Endowment Donate 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.
Macon County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund Donate Donations to this endowed fund help support the mission and activities of the Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelter Foundation. Initial gifts to this fund were matched by the ADM Challenge grant.
Macon County Conservation Foundation Donate
Macon County Emergency Response Fund Donate The Community Foundation will administer grants from the Emergency Response Fund in collaboration with county organizations coordinating the pandemic response. Funds will be released on a continual basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of this crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and to adapt to evolving needs. The Fund is designed to complement the work of nonprofit organizations within our community and to expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.
Men Macon a Difference Donate
Microgrants Endowment Donate
Mt. Zion's Fletcher Park Fund Donate
Operating Endowment Fund Donate 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.
Racial Equity Fund Donate We believe that this community has the resources to address our most pressing problems. The Community Foundation of Macon County commits to do what we do best: mobilize generosity to address community needs. The Racial Equity Fund provides grant funding for nonprofit organizations who are on the front lines addressing the issue of racism and inequity in our community.
Rock Springs Endowment Fund Donate
The Community Foundation Memorial Fund Donate
Thomas Sly Communityworks Memorial Fund Donate
World War II Memorial Endowment Donate
Education
EDCO/CommunityWorks Donate
Ad Club Scholarship Donate 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.
AFSCME Local #612 Scholarship Donate 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.
Al Dobbin's Decatur Frontiers Service Club Scholarship for RCC Donate The Al Dobbins Scholarship Award honoring the founding members of the Decatur Frontiers Service Club on their 50th Anniversary was created by John Eugene "Jack" and Barbara Ann Witzeman McCoy.
Altrusa of Decatur Nancy Muirheid Charitable Fund Donate The Altrusa of Decatur Nancy Muirhead Charitable Fund provides funding to projects the improve literacy in of children and adults in Macon County.
A. Marie Romano Potrafka Fund for St. Patrick School Donate
Blake Cowden Leadership Scholarship for YLIA Donate
Burl Stoner Decatur Frontiers Service Club Scholarship for RCC Donate The Burl Stoner Scholarship Award honors the founding members of the Decatur Frontiers Service Club on their 50th Anniversary, was created by John Eugene "Jack" and Barbara Ann Witzeman McCoy.
Charles William Turner Award Endowment Donate 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.
Christmas Scholarship Donate
Clarence Taylor Early Bird Kiwanis Memorial Scholarship at RCC Donate 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.
Class of 1927 Scholarship Donate John Leighty graduated from Decatur High School in 1927, he earned a bachelor’s 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.
Claud Thompson Decatur Industrial Electric Scholarship Donate 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.
Curtis R. & Georgia Ann Pelz Scholarship Fund Donate For graduates of Low Point- Washburn High School
Decatur Christian Education Foundation Donate
Decatur Foundry, Inc. Scholarship Donate Thanks to management at Decatur Foundry, Inc., J. L. Johnson’s 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.
Decatur Public Library Donate
Dell & Evelyn Carroll Scholarship Fund Donate
Dennis Lab School Fund Donate
DLS - Habitat Project Donate
Elfreda Virginia Jacobson Witzemen Memorial Scholarship Fund for RCC Donate 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.
Everette Ryan Early Bird Kiwanis Scholarship for RCC Donate 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.
Fund for Decatur Schools Donate
Futures Unlimited School Endowment Donate
George and Rick Glasscock Memorial Scholarship for Millikin University Donate
Gerald Demirjian Scholarship Fund for Webster Cantrell Hall Donate
Golden K Kiwanis Club of Decatur Scholarship Donate 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.
Grandpa Bud Scholarship for Holy Family Donate
Harry Johnston Early Bird Kiwanis Scholarship for RCC Donate 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
Howard Brown Fund Donate
Ivens Memorial Fund Donate
James W. Thomas Scholarship Fund Donate 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.
John Eugene McCoy II Scholarship for RCC Donate 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 ISYM Memorial Scholarship Donate John Leman, an Eisenhower High School teacher, had an amazing career…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. Leman’s 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.
J. Patrick Mohan Excellence in Education Fund Donate
Judge James B. Parson Davis-Raycraft Memorial Scholarship for RCC Donate 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.
Kathleen Zahner Scholarship Fund Donate
Leaders Fund Donate
Leading the Way Scholarship Donate
Livasy Family Scholarship for RCC Donate
L. Mark Hanover Scholarship Fund Donate
Lois Chervinko Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate 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.
MacArthur Lady Generals Award Donate
Macon County Dolly Parton Imagination Library Donate Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book to registered children from birth until their 5th birthday. A book is delivered – addressed to the child – directly to the family’s door once per month at no cost to the child’s family.
MacPherson Scholarship Fund Donate
Mary Dickey Legacy Fund Donate
Matthew & Tony Memorial Golf Outing Donate
McCoy Designated Scholarship Fund for Millikin Donate The McCoy'€™s have generously provided several scholarships that honor individuals and benefit students of Millikin University.
McCoy Holy Family Grade School Scholarship Fund Donate The McCoy’s have generously provided several scholarships that honor individuals and benefit students of Holy Family Grade School.
McCoy St. Patrick School Scholarship Donate The McCoy’s have generously provided several scholarships that honor individuals and benefit students of St. Patrick Catholic School.
McCoy St. Thomas Grade School Scholarship Fund Donate The McCoy’s have generously provided several scholarships that honor individuals and benefit students of St. Thomas Grade School.
Metal Building Education Fund Donate
Michael E. Shampine Scholarship Fund Donate 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.
Michael T. Carrigan Solidarity Scholarship Donate Decatur Trades & Labor Assembly will host an application process for Solidarity Scholarships available to union members in good standing or workers with a path of entry into a union. The scholarship awards shall be used for the purpose of gaining meaningful employment, advancing a current career path or joining a union trades school. • Funds are restricted to the following: • Residents of Macon County, Illinois • Tools • Work boots or clothing • School tuition • Items/supplies required for enrollment • General Education Diploma/GED • Apprentice application fee • Certifications
Millikin University Quarterback Club Scholarship Donate
Mt. Zion Schools Endowment Fund Donate
Nancy Koopman Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate
Norman Stewart Education Scholarship Fund Donate Norman Lee Stewart began teaching English in the Decatur public high schools in 1959. In 1967, he became Chairman of MacArthur High School’s 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.
Oyler, Harold and Rose Romano Fund for St. Patrick Catholic School Donate
Prairie Flower Donate
Roberta K. Gorden Scholarship Fund Donate 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 applicant’s work experience. Seniors may apply for this scholarship on The Community Foundation of Macon County website.
Robert G. and Mildred R. Turner Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate Robert G. Turner graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., and earned a master's 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 age 66. Robert Turner's family established the Robert G. Turner Memorial Scholarship to honor his memory. Mildred Ruth Turner grew up in South Haven, Mich., graduating from Chicago's North Park Junior College before earning her bachelor’s degree in music education from Augustana College. While teaching music at Woodhall High School, she met Robert G. Turner, the coach. They married in 1951 and had four children, all graduates of Decatur’s MacArthur High School. She briefly worked for Decatur Public Schools where she was a music sub and taught ESL (English as a Second Language). However, choral music was her passion. Millie directed choirs and played handbells in multiple Decatur church settings and formerly directed the city’s PTA and PEO choirs. She founded the Grace Notes singing group and was an active alto in the Greater Decatur Chorale, Millikin Community Chorus and Opus 24. Her community service included the American Red Cross, Project Read, Historical Society, Noon Kiwanis and serving as lay assistant at First Lutheran Church. Robert Turner's family established the Robert G. Turner Memorial Scholarship to honor his memory. After her death in 2020, the family requested that Mildred's name be added to the scholarship. 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.
Robert L. and Joy Witt Scholarship Donate Robert “Bob” 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 master’s 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.
Schwandt-Albert Professional Development Fund for RCC Donate
Sister Lucy Education Fund St. Patrick Catholic School Donate
Staley Credit Union Foundation Donate
SuEllen Brauer Charitable Fund Donate 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.
Susan and David Marshall Millikin Scholarship Fund Donate 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 and Lloyd Swanson Memorial Scholarship Fund Donate 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 Policemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association Unit 39. Lloyd passed away in June 2014 at age 63. Upon Lloyd’s 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.
The Barnett Agriculture Education Fund Donate Created by Ritchie and Sandy Barnett to honor the memory of Ritchie’s 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 college’s financial aid office will coordinate in the selection of the recipients and amount of the individual awards.
The Knights of Columbus Darrell W. Beck Council 577 Scholarship Fund Donate
Think Outside the Barn Donate
Tomlinson Gates Music Scholarship for Millikin University Donate 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 “gigs.” 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 Sandra’s parents. Sandra and Ritchie too had been involved in music throughout their lives and had enjoyed Millikin University’s 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.
Verne and June Roby Scholarship for Millikin University Donate 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.
Victory Scholarship Fund Donate 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 and Inabell Kirby Scholarship for Central Christian Church Donate 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 Master’s 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 Inabell’s 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.
YMCA Soccer Scholarship Fund Donate 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 program’s 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 YMCA’s 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.
Zannie Rawls, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Donate This scholarship was established by friends of Zannie Rawls in his memory to honor a top MacArthur High School football athlete.
Health
Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois Charitable Fund Donate
CareTrak Delores P. Fleming Fund Donate
Dani Rubin Kater Memorial Fund for COVID Care Donate
Jack and Olive Langsdorf Charitable Fund Donate
Rita Cornille Memorial Fund for Cancer Care Donate
Teen Health Donate
Social Services
Central Christian Church Fund Donate
Charter for Compassion Donate
Decatur Fire Local 505 & Auxiliary Donate
DMCOC Endowment Fund Donate
Games for Troops Donate
God's Shelter of Love Endowment Fund Donate
Heritage Behavioral Health Center Endowment Donate
Independence Pointe Endowment Fund Donate
Macon Co. CASA Donate
NALC Food Drive Fund Donate
NE Community Building Fund Donate
Northeast Community Fund Donate
Ronald McDonald House of Central Illinois Donate
The Good Samaritan Inn Fund Donate
WSOY Food Drive Donate
Youth
Big Brothers, Big Sisters Agency Endowment Fund Donate
Boys and Girls Club of Decatur Fund Donate
Champions for Children Donate
Girl Scout Council of Central Illinois Endowment Donate
Girl Scout Council of Central Illinois Endowment 2 Donate
Lee J. Robinson Charitable Fund Donate
Lincoln Trails Boy Scout Charitable Fund Donate
Sertoma Club of Decatur Donate
Webster Cantrell Hall Endowment Fund Donate
Webster Cantrell Youth Advocacy Fund II Donate
Young Leaders in Action (YLIA) Donate
DAF
Gregory Fombelle Family Foundation Donate
Mark and Kara Huss Family Foundation Donate
Rotary #180 Charitable Fund Donate
Rotary 180 Special Project Fund Donate
Samuels, Miller Charitable Fund Donate
We Are One Community Fund Donate
Other Funds