Emerging Philanthropists Fund

What is the Emerging Philanthropists Fund?

The Emerging Philanthropists Fund is an initiative designed by the Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) to invigorate emerging community leaders to join together as philanthropists.

Who are Emerging Philanthropists Fund members?

The group is comprised of a cross section of professionals in the community who like to have fun, but who also want to positively impact the quality of life in central Illinois.

What does the Emerging Philanthropists Fund do?

Together, Fund members build the Fund, an endowment which addresses community needs through grantmaking.

What makes the Emerging Philanthropists Fund unique?

The Emerging Philanthropists Fund offers a unique opportunity to its members by providing them with a vehicle for strategic giving, information about the grantmaking process and the ability to learn more about the many nonprofit organizations in central Illinois.

The Fund's giving circle model allows members to be philanthropic without having to be wealthy. By pooling together yearly membership contributions, as well as additional donations, the Fund grows. Each year, a portion of the fund is granted back into the community through a grantmaking process. Emerging Philanthropists Fund members ultimately vote on which nonprofit organizations receive grants from the Fund.

In addition to grantmaking, members will gain basic philanthropic skills and be connected with established philanthropists in the community.

Emerging Philanthropists Fund Membership Commitment

  • Individual Membership: Minimum annual contribution of $100.
  • Family Membership (per household): Minimum annual contribution of $200.
  • Must be committed to working together for the common good of our community.

Emerging Philanthropists Fund Membership Benefits

  • Invitation Only Events: Learn about community issues, promote grantmaking, forge leadership skills and build camaraderie.
  • Networking: Meet leading community leaders and philanthropists and learn about their philanthropic strategies.
  • Enhanced Skills Set: Learn about the grantmaking process and what local nonprofits are doing to meet community needs.
  • Tax Advantages: All donations qualify for the maximum available deduction for charitable contributions.
  • Charitable Impact: Members vote on the issue area where they would like to direct the annual grant each year.

How to Become a Member

There are two ways you or your family can become a member:

1. Check: Print and download a membership form (click here) and mail with payment to CFCI. Checks can be made payable to "Community Foundation of Central Illinois."

Mailing address:

Community Foundation of Central Illinois
ATTN: Emerging Philanthropists Fund
3625 North Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61604

2. Online: Sign up online through Network for Good (click here). With a credit card, submit your payment in full, or through quarterly or monthly payments*.

  • Under the designation field enter “Emerging Philanthropists Fund.”
  • Under the dedication field enter how you would like your name to appear on the membership listing.
  • Next click here to send an email to the Community Foundation of Central Illinois to indicate you have joined Emerging Philanthropists:

*Please note, quarterly and monthly payments are received as re-occurring payments. To stop re-occurring payments, you will need to log into your Network for Good account to do so.

Questions? Contact CFCI Program Manager, Kim James at 309-674-8730 or kim@communityfoundationci.org.


Annual membership is tax-deductable. Checks can be made to "Community Foundation of Central Illinois." Credit card donations are accepted through Network for Good.

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