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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.

Bloomington’s Miller Park Zoo Debuts New Teaching Theater

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | May 6, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and Photos by Brendan Denison BLOOMINGTON — A new educational theater at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington was dedicated May 6, 2022, in memory of Sullivan Rohrscheib. Zoo Superintendent Jay Tetzloff said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony that the theater will aid them in meeting their rebranded mission of engaging the…

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Panelists Discuss the Challenges Facing Families as Children with Autism Get Older

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | April 6, 2022

Reposted from WGLT By Philip Walker In observance of Autism Acceptance Month, local philanthropic organization Women to Women Giving Circle on Tuesday hosted a panel of experts at the ISU Alumni Center to discuss autism care from early childhood through adulthood. The CDC reported last year that nearly 1 in 44 children across all ethnicities…

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Meet the Newest McLean County History Makers

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | March 30, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph By Kelsey Watznauer BLOOMINGTON — Two couples known for their work in environmentalism and nonprofit community service are McLean County’s newest History Makers. Deanna Frautschi, Alan Bedell, Myra Gordon and George Gordon will be honored this summer at the McLean County Museum of History’s 2022 History Makers Gala, the latest in…

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Chicago Musicians Bringing History with ‘Powerful Sonic Experiences’ to Upcoming Concert at History Museum

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | February 18, 2022

Reposted from WGLT By Lauren Warnecke; Photo by Maren Celest Chicago musicians Macie Stewart and Lia Kohl, pictured, play experimental music that mixes violin, cello, and their voices with sounds influenced by classical, jazz, improvisation and even hip hop. They will perform Feb. 26 at the McLean County Museum of History. The non-profit pt.fwd kicks…

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Bloomington Art Gallery Cooperative Teaches How to Unwind

By Illinois Prairie Community Foundation | January 13, 2022

Reposted from The Pantagraph Story and Photos By Brendan Denison BLOOMINGTON — Learning to paint with watercolor involves trial and error, said instructor Laura Bailey with the Inside Out: Accessible Art Cooperative in Bloomington. She taught the craft to just over half dozen people who made watercolor cards as part of a Sunday afternoon class at the…

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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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