Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation seeking philanthropist nominees

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Prairie Community Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2019 Philanthropist(s) of the Year. An individual, couple or family will be honored at the Community Foundation’s Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center in Normal on Nov. 14, 2019. Nominees must reside in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties. 

The criteria are outstanding civic responsibility as demonstrated by contributions of financial resources and voluntary commitment of time, willingness to serve in leadership roles, and providing vision and the ability to involve others in philanthropic activity. Nominations should describe in 250 words or less why the nominee deserves this recognition.

Chicago Community Trust’s LGBT Community Fund awards $200,000 in Impact Grants

CHICAGO –The LGBT Community Fund at The Chicago Community Trust announces $200,000 in Impact Grants to 8 organizations for programs serving the LGBTQ Community in Chicago. The Impact Grants RFP was launched in fall 2018 as a response to the disadvantages in access to social programs related to healthcare, housing, and employment medical care, justice and legal aid, education and personal safety for the LGBT Community in Chicagoland area. The organizations awarded have programmatic focus areas of healthcare, community safety, services for youth and senior citizens. The grant recipients were announced at the LGBT Community Fund Impact Grants Reception hosted at The Chicago Community Trust on May 9, 2019. The recipients include: Affinity Community Services, AIDS Foundation Chicago, Brave Space Alliance, Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, Puerto Rican Cultural Center, The Night Ministry and Test Positive Awareness Network (TPAN).

Aurora Pride extends fundraising drive

AURORA  — Aurora Pride has raised the goal for their fundraising drive for the city’s Pride festival. The event is now hoping to get 500 donors by April 30. They currently have 379 donors on their GoFundMe page. Aurora Pride started the drive just over a week ago when they reached an agreement with the city of Aurora to pay $17,000 for security and supports services. The group raised the money within 24 hours with support from across the area.

Brave Space Alliance looking for community support

CHICAGO — Brave Space Alliance is looking to the community to help support new positions with the LGBTQ center. From their Facebook post:
Brave Space Alliance, the only Black-led trans-led LGBTQ Center in Chicago, has been expanding over this past couple of months! We are pushing ourselves to provide more programs for our LGBTQ+ community on the South and West side of Chicago. However, with this expansion, we need to expand and build up our resources to meet these goals efficiently. Be a part of the process, growth, and mission of BSA by becoming a monthly donor.

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation seeking Youth Engaged in Philanthropy participants

BLOOMINGTON — Area high school students are being sought to participate in Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) during the 2019-2020 school year. An initiative of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, YEP is a program in which high school students allocate grant funds to local nonprofits. YEP provides opportunities to build leadership and teamwork skills while engaging participants in a unique, philanthropic experience. A nonprofit group, YEP funds local youth-run and/or youth-oriented programs. Members will be responsible for developing grant guidelines and awarding a total of $10,000 to selected youth-focused programs.

The 2019-2020 school year will be the seventh for YEP. The group will be limited to 20-25 participants.

Aurora Pride raising money for Pride 2019

AURORA — Aurora Pride Festival has started fundraising for this year’s Pride event. They’re kicking it off with a GoFundMe. From the GoFundMe page:
This past June, Indivisible Aurora held the first ever Pride Parade in the Chicago suburbs. The response was rousing. The reviews were incredible.