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Nonprofits Workshop, Philanthropy Celebration – Nov. 19, 2020
November 19, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm CST
Each November, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation celebrates local philanthropy with a Nonprofits Workshop and Philanthropy Celebration to honor our Philanthropists of the Year. This year’s events took place virtually on Nov. 19.
These two events highlight IPCF’s commitment to local philanthropy. The events kick off with a Nonprofits Workshop in the morning. The noontime Philanthropy Celebration event follows the workshop and honors the 2020 Philanthropists of the Year. In 2020, IPCF awarded two Philanthropist(s) of the Year awards – one for Bloomington-Normal and another for outside the Twin Cities (other parts of McLean County, plus DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties).
Nonprofit Workshop – 9-11:30 a.m.
The IPCF Nonprofit Workshop: Building Resilience and Opportunities for Innovation was moderated by Beth Whisman of the Children’s Discovery Museum. Panelists were: Phani Aytam, United Way of McLean County; Candace Summers, McLean County Museum of History; Liz Vincent, City of Pontiac; and B.J. Wilken, Bloomington-Normal YMCA. They discussed how their nonprofits have persevered during COVID-19 and unique changes they have made in light of our “new normal.” There was a question and answer session following the panel discussion and break-out sessions tackling resilience and innovation.
Philanthropy Celebration – Noon-1 p.m.
The Philanthropy Celebration attendees heard from three 2020 General Grant recipients about what receiving a grant has meant to their nonprofit programs: Living Well United of LeRoy, Boys & Girls Club of Livingston County in Pontiac and Dreams Are Possible of Bloomington.
In addition, IPCF awarded Philanthropists of the Year awards to Arthur and Camille Taylor of Bloomington (Philanthropists of the Year, Bloomington-Normal) and Susan Hoblit of Atlanta (Philanthropist of the Year, Outside Twin Cities). Read more about the Taylors and Hoblit.
The Philanthropy Celebration was offered for free. In lieu an attendance fee, attendees were asked to make a donation to IPCF’s Annual Campaign. 100% of all funds raised by the Annual Campaign fund the General Grants awarded to nonprofits programs focusing on education, environment, health and wellness and youth.