Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

IPCF to Recognize Local Philanthropy With Workshop, Celebration Nov. 19

Registration Now Open for Nonprofits Workshop & Philanthropy Celebration

BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will celebrate National Philanthropy Week on Nov. 19 with a morning workshop for local nonprofits and a noontime celebration to recognize the annual Philanthropists of the Year. The Philanthropy events will be held via Zoom this year.

The morning begins with the nonprofits workshop for staff, board members and volunteers of nonprofits entitled “Building Resilience and Opportunities for Innovation.” The workshop will take place from 9-11:30 a.m. Beth Whisman of the Children’s Discovery Museum, will moderate a panel discussion. Panelists are: 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 will discuss how their nonprofits have persevered during COVID-19 and unique changes they have made in light of our “new normal.” There will be a question and answer session following the panel discussion and break-out sessions tackling resilience and innovation.

The workshop is offered at no cost this year. “In light of all the challenges nonprofits are facing during our current economic environment, the Community Foundation should not burden them further by charging for this event,” said IPCF Executive Director Greg Meyer. “This workshop provides a way for local nonprofits to come together to share knowledge and allows IPCF to give back to our community.”

The Philanthropy Celebration will honor 2020 Philanthropists of the Year Arthur and Camille Taylor of Bloomington and Susan Hoblit of Atlanta. This is the first year that IPCF is presenting two awards – one for Bloomington-Normal and one for Outside the Twin Cities in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties. The celebration will begin at noon and last an hour.

“The Taylors and Hoblit all exemplify the spirit of philanthropy through their involvement in, and support of, numerous community organizations throughout the years they have lived and served in our community,” said Meyer.

The Philanthropy Celebration is also being offered at no cost this year. In lieu an attendance fee, attendees are asked to make a donation to IPCF’s Annual Campaign. 100% of all funds raised by the Annual Campaign augment the General Grants awarded to nonprofits programs focusing on education, environment, health and wellness and youth.

Registration for both the workshop and the luncheon are now open. To register, visit or call IPCF at 309-662-4477.

About Illinois Prairie Community Foundation
Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, now in its 22nd year, encourages and facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors who care with causes that matter to them. The Foundation currently manages assets of $20 million in more than 170 funds including endowments and donor advised, fiscal sponsorship and scholarship funds. More information is available at

Michele Evans, Grants & Communications Director, 309-662-4477