February Community Report

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Community Report February 2016

Strengthening local philanthropy to support healthy communities.



GCF Community Report February 2016

LEADERSHIP. PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE. Welcoming the New Year has certainly been exciting here at the Community Foundation. We are growing in many ways: new staff, new funds, new accomplishments and new goals. It is a very exciting time to be a part of the Galesburg Community Foundation. As you may already know, we welcomed 2016 with great celebration. As 2015 came to a close, we recognized that it was the first time in our twelve-year history to achieve two milestones in a single year: $1 million in grants distributed to area nonprofits and $1 million in donor contributions received. Thank you to everyone who helped us make this goal possible. We are very excited to build on these accomplishments and further strengthen our communities this year. In 2016, we have much to look forward to and hope you will join us. The Galesburg Heart & Soul initiative is ramping up, the Nonprofit Endowment Match will wrap up in June, the Bickerdyke Society will celebrate its inaugural recognition and we hope to see another local community establish a Community Fund. All of this is great progress that strengthens our nonprofits, communities, and people who call Knox and Warren Counties home. Additionally, it is great work that prepares our communities and future generations for great success. As we continue our work this year, we again thank you for your support and encouragement. Success would not be possible without you. We hope you will stay in touch, stop by to meet our new staff and join us as we prepare for many more successes impacting our communities.

Carl Nixon Chairman

Joshua D. Gibb Executive Director

Thank you for your continued support and involvement. If you have questions or want to know more, contact us anytime at: 309.344.8898 or jgibb@ahealthycommunity.org.


OUR TEAM BOARD Carl Nixon Chairman Mark Kleine Vice-Chairman Joel Estes Secretary David Pearson Treasurer

STAFF Joshua D. Gibb Executive Director

Joyce Coffman Dr. Subbia Jagannathan Lance Humphreys Thomas Maloney Carol Simpson Susan Twomey

COMMUNITY TREASURES Tiffany Anderson Manager

Karlie Elliott Bowman Director of Communications Bobbi Pio Development Associate Deborah Moreno Grant & Program Coordinator

Harry Bulkeley


2. Who use their gifts...

3. Who have a passion...

Individuals Businesses Private Foundations Nonprofit Organizations

Cash Securities Real Assets Retirement Funds Insurance Bequests

Community Arts Education Environment Community Wellness Faith

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Deborah Moreno

Tiffany Anderson

NEW LEADERSHIP JOINS GCF The Galesburg Community Foundation is growing in more ways than one. In addition to a historical year, the Community Foundation added two new staff members. Deborah Moreno joined GCF as the grant and program coordinator, especially responsible for leading the Heart & Soul process. Deb, her husband Alex and their five children reside in Galesburg and are very active in the community. Tiffany Anderson joined the organization in December. Tiffany is the new manager at Community Treasures Thrift Shop, which is owned by GCF. She and her partner Ken Springer are enjoying all the opportunities the Galesburg community offers. Tiffany is active in the noon Lions Club. 3



Galesburg Heart & Soul is a process and opportunity that is about Galesburg as a community. This community development program is based on broad and deep participation from residents. The process helps residents to determine what they value most about their town and then encourages them to actively participate in steering change that strengthens the cultural, social and economic vibrancy of the community. Deborah Moreno, the Heart & Soul coordinator, is facilitating the project with volunteers throughout Galesburg. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Deb at dmoreno@ahealthycommunity.org.




Thanks to generous donors, students from Knox and Warren Counties have the opportunity to benefit from scholarships to aid their academic endeavors. Scholarships help today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders.


GCF is now accepting scholarship applications. Applications are available and must be submitted online at GCF’s website, www.ahealthycommunity. org. Deadlines vary for each scholarship. The following scholarships are available for this year’s application period:

HEALTH CAREERS SCHOLARSHIPS The Health Careers Scholarships are available to Knox County area students seeking a career in a health related field. Applications are due April 1.

HELEN H. WETHERBEE NURSING SCHOLARSHIP Students accepted into a school of nursing or currently studying under a nursing program are encouraged to apply for the Helen H. Wetherbee Nursing Scholarship. This scholarship is open to Knox County area students. The filing deadline is April 1.

JOHN E. BOHAN EXCELLENCE IN ATHLETICS SCHOLARSHIP High school seniors from United High School are encouraged to apply for the John E. Bohan Excellence in Athletics Scholarship. This scholarship is open to senior football players who have been accepted into a collegiate program of study. The filing deadline is March 15.

BECKY CARLSON SCHOLARSHIP Seniors at United High School are encouraged to apply for the Becky Carlson Scholarship. Applicants must be a United High School Senior and have participated in the Special Education Program at United School District #304 K-12. Applications are due April 1.

For questions or more information contact GCF at 309.344.8898.

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COMMUNITY BUILDING THROUGH LEADERSHIP Community Treasures Thrift Shop is leading in a variety of ways this new year. With the naming of new manager Tiffany Anderson, the shop is experiencing great changes to its look and feel thanks to her experience. Prior to joining Community Treasures, Tiffany was an account executive and marketer for CM Promotions, Inc. where she assisted brands with marketing solutions and growth. Her leadership and ability to help make the thrift shop even more well known in our community is already paying off. In addition to leading the shop’s look and feel, Tiffany is actively working with the shop’s volunteers. Volunteers are a critical part of the shop’s success. Their attention to detail and quality allows shoppers to expect quality, even though they are thrift shopping. The volunteers ensure every item put on the sales floor is the best it can be. Customers recognize the difference too. They know at Community Treasures not only can they experience quality thrift shopping, but also that their purchases support local philanthropy. Whether you donate, shop or volunteer at Community Treasures, your actions make a difference. Tiffany said, “I love that we offer a place for our community to come together. Whether, it’s through our loyal customer base who shops with us regularly, our dedicated volunteers who give their time every week, or our amazing donors who keep filling our shelves, we are all working together for a common goal, a healthy community and philanthropy. If we can continue to make those ideas stronger and better, our community will continue to be in great shape.” Community Treasures thrift shop is owned by GCF and accepts donations of gently used housewares and clothing. The shop sells donated items and profits are used by GCF to fund annual competitive grants. It’s a full circle approach to philanthropy. To learn more about donating, donation pick up, volunteering or shopping, contact Tiffany at 309.342.9018 or ct-manager@ahealthycommunity.org.



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