SUCCESS STORIES

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.

Bloomington Family Donates 80 Pool Passes to Honor Dad’s Birthday

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | December 3, 2021

Reposted from WGLT By Sarah Nardi When the rebuilt O’Neil Pool opens, it will feature multiple pools, waterslides, and Bloomington-Normal’s only lazy river. All that will come with a price tag. The cost of admission will likely be upwards of $20. That’s raised concerns among some in the community that the pool will be inaccessible…

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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation to Honor Local Philanthropists

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 29, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Connor Wood BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will honor its 2021 and 2020 Philanthropists of the Year during a luncheon on Nov. 18. Hank and Mary Campbell of Normal and Dale Maley of Fairbury were named as the 2021 recipients. For both 2021 and 2020 the foundation has…

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Bloomington Breaks Ground on O’Neil Pool and Park Project

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 21, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Sierra Henry; Photos by David Proeber BLOOMINGTON — An anonymous donor has created a $20,000 endowment fund to help families in west Bloomington take advantage of the planned $11.7 million O’Neil Pool and Park investments. Mayor Mboka Mwilambwe announced the newly created fund Wednesday afternoon (October 20, 2021) during a…

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Miller Park Zoo Grows Conservation Efforts With Endangered Plant Garden

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 20, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Sierra Henry; Photo Courtesy Bloomington Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts BLOOMINGTON — Miller Park Zoo is not only protecting endangered animals, but through a special grant, it will also help conserve native plant species. The zoo received a $1,000 grant through the nonprofit Illinois Prairie Community Foundation to plant several…

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Experts Say Improving Diversity, Equity And Inclusion At Work Avoids Wasted Human Potential

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 20, 2021

Reposted from WGLT By Colleen Reynolds A panel of three women who have successfully worked to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in their workplaces say efforts must be intentional and strategies need to address both individual and structural changes that can be sustained. The comments came during a panel discussion, “A Local Look at Diversity,…

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Planting Seeds of Civic Engagement: Horticulture Students Gain Valuable Skills Through Service Learning

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | October 18, 2021

Reposted from Illinois State University News By Emily Nafziger Dr. David Kopsell knows his students learn best when they engage with the class content and get their hands dirty. Literally. That’s one reason he constantly looks for ways to provide real-world learning experiences to his horticulture students—experiences that also contribute to the Bloomington-Normal community. As…

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Evergreen Cemetery Walk Brings History to Life in Bloomington

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 20, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Olivia Jacobs; Photos by Olivia Jacobs BLOOMINGTON — The 27th annual Evergreen Cemetery Walk will return this weekend and next with in-person walks on Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 2-3. Performances take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day at Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, at 302 E. Miller St. in…

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Miller Park Zoo Breaks Ground for New Educational Theater

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 2, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph and WGLT By Timothy Eggert and Sarah Nardi; Photos by Jim Finch BLOOMINGTON — Accommodating three different animals from South America at a 130-year-old wildlife park calls for some rearranging. At Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, that’s especially true, as officials Wednesday morning broke ground for a new multipurpose education center.…

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Know an ‘ExtraOrdinary’ Woman? New Bloomington Project Taking Submissions

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | September 1, 2021

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Olivia Jacobs BLOOMINGTON — Submissions are now being accepted for The ExtraOrdinary Women Project. The initiative recognizes the efforts of local women by sharing their stories and inspiring others. Every quarter, one woman and her story will be chosen by the board of directors and will be featured on the…

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Women to Women Giving Circle Hosts Pontiac Luncheon

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | August 4, 2021

The Women to Women Giving Circle hosted a lunch for 31 women on the plaza south of the Historic Livingston County Courthouse on July 14. The event was part of Block 59, sponsored by Pontiac Parks and Recreation. Edinger’s Filling Station provided box lunches. Women to Women is a component fund of the Illinois Prairie…

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