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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation's impact on the four counties it serves is best seen through the community-based programs we assist. We encourage you to read about some of the programs we have helped fund in the last few years.

Atlanta Community Comes Together to Create Museum Exhibit

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | February 6, 2019

‘Classrooms & Community’ Complements Smithsonian’s ‘Crossroads: Change in Rural America’ Display In a perfect example of how small rural communities can rally around a common goal, the residents of Atlanta and Logan County came together to create a new exhibit for the Atlanta Museum. Called “Classrooms & Community: Changes in Rural America’s Sense of Community,” the…

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Charities See Challenges, Opportunities In New Tax Laws

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | February 1, 2019

Reprinted with permission from WGLT By Eric Stock, WGLT Reporter; Photos by Eric Stock Human service organizations, colleges and universities and other institutions are having to rely more on charitable giving due to uncertain state and federal funding in recent years. That increasingly essential revenue stream has become complicated by new tax rules that remove some…

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McLean County Diversity Project Scholar Donates $2,800 to School Libraries

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | December 16, 2018

Reprinted with permission by The Pantagraph BLOOMINGTON — A simple yet forceful love of reading pushed a Chiddix Junior High student to raise nearly $3,000 to help fill school libraries in the Twin Cities. For his annual community service project as a McLean County Diversity Project scholar, 13-year-old Revanth Reddy Poondru started Blo-No Books and…

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Green Top: $300K Raised to Keep Co-Op Store Open

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | November 16, 2018

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Kevin Barlow; Photos by David Proeber BLOOMINGTON — Green Top Grocery will remain open and should be financially stable for the next decade, thanks to recent reforms and a last-minute effort to raise at least $300,000 in a capital campaign that ended Monday, officials for the co-op said…

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Harmony Park, O’Neil Park Playground Upgrades Approved

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | November 14, 2018

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Maria Nagle BLOOMINGTON — The city will move forward with constructing Harmony Park — the city’s first playground where children with different abilities can play together — and a new playground at O’Neil Park. By a unanimous vote Tuesday, the council approved the purchase of $330,621 in playground equipment from Charlotte, N.C.-based Game…

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Heart Strings: ISU Music Program Reaches Out to Bloomington-Normal Youth

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 10, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Illinois State University News By Kate Arthur  When the fourth grader was told she would have to turn in her cello at the end of the semester, she hugged her instrument. “She was holding on to it so tight,” said Nathaniel Quiroz, an Illinois State University music education major. “Seeing how…

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Furniture For Families: For BIS Majors, One Project Has Major Impact

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 1, 2018

Reprinted with permission from ISU College of Business News & Views Magazine Associate Professor Rosie Hauck’s Advanced Business Systems Analysis class is all about bridging business needs with technology solutions. It also offers a great deal of real-world, practical experience for those majoring in business information systems (BIS). Each semester, Hauck works with a local…

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A Walk to Remember: Local History Comes Alive at Evergreen Cemetery Event

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 28, 2018

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Maria Nagle; Photos by Lewis Marien BLOOMINGTON — The history of Bloomington-Normal, with a nod to Illinois’ bicentennial year, will be on display at the 2018 Evergreen Cemetery Walk. That past will be seen and heard through th e stories of eight McLean County residents, including early settlers,…

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Zoning Board Recommends Proposed Training Center for Low-Income Women

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 21, 2018

Reprinted with permission from The Pantagraph By Maria Nagle BLOOMINGTON — A proposed education and training center for low-income women in need of basic skills may open in a vacant former grocery store in a west Bloomington neighborhood. The Bloomington Zoning Board of Appeals voted 5-0 Sept. 19 to recommend, with conditions, a special-use permit…

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West Bloomington Active Gardens Internship Program Nurtures Interest in Growing Own Food

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 23, 2018

As yellow finches darted through towering sunflower plants on a recent August morning, several volunteer gardeners were busy pulling weeds at the West Bloomington Active Gardens (WBAG) and Sunnyside Garden at the west end of Illinois Street. Richard Bullock, 18, and Ednita Williams, 15, both of west Bloomington, pulled bind weed tangled around asparagus plants.…

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