Wishes Come True for Thirteen Area Nonprofits

Grants awarded in celebration of National Philanthropy Day and National National Community Foundation Week

Wishes are coming true this week throughout the Decatur area as a total of more than $13,300 in grants is awarded to 13 local nonprofit organizations to fund items on their wish lists of needs.

The wishes are being granted today through generous donations to The Community Foundation of Macon County (CFMC) and are made in celebration of National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 15, and National Community Foundation Week, Nov. 15-19. Wishes are listed on the Foundation’s online Community Wish List, which features nearly 70 items needed by nonprofits belonging to the Macon County Legacy group: https://www.heartofillinois.org/community-wish-list. Items range in cost from $10 to $140,000; most requests cost under $1,000 each.

“The Community Wish List is a wonderful mechanism for making sure that nonprofits have a chance to voice what they need to operate,” says CFMC President Natalie Beck. “And for donors, granting wishes is a simple way to direct year-end giving for the betterment of our community. I’d also add that making a wish come true in the name of another individual is also a great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life.”

The complete list of wishes granted this week:

  • Dove, Inc., Children’s Clothing Room and Domestic Violence Program, $2,500
  • Equity & Inclusion Endowment Fund, Lifetime Endowed Funding, $1,750.56
  • Webster Cantrell Youth Advocacy, New Car Seats, $1,500
  • Decatur Area Arts Council, New Computer and Workstation, $1,350
  • Decatur Family YMCA, Camp Sokkia Field Trips, $1,130
  • Beautify Decatur Coalition, General Funding, $1,000
  • The Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County, New Computer to Help in Job Training, $1,000
  • Project Read Plus, General Funding, $791
  • Boys & Girls Club of Decatur, Bulk Printer, $550
  • Baby TALK, Warmline Program Supplies, $500
  • Macon County CASA, Gas Cards, $500
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters, New Printer/Scanner/Copier, $450
  • God’s Shelter of Love, Camera System at The Careage House, $300

National Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private and nonprofit sectors to address community problems. These independent, public entities steward funds from institutional and individual donors to support local nonprofits. Community foundations are one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy.

The Community Foundation of Macon County is one of more than 750 U.S. community foundations. Established in 2000, CFMC stewards more than 365 funds and total assets of $50 million. To date, CFMC has distributed over $36 million to charitable organizations and endeavors. For more information about The Community Foundation of Macon County, visit maconcountygives.org, call CFMC President Natalie Beck at 217.429.3000 or email nbeck@maconcountygives.org.