RECENT NEWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2022

Contact: Pamela Farrar, Executive Director

pam@edwardsvillecommunityfoundation.org

(855) 464-3223



Edwardsville Community Foundation Adds Two New Board Directors


The Edwardsville Community Foundation has appointed two new board directors, Andrea Miracle and Karen Schoenthal.


Miracle has volunteered for ECF’s Education Committee for the last five years and is currently a volunteer at the Neighbors Bakery, a member of the City of Edwardsville’s Planning Commission and the Ordinance & Land Use Committee. She brings a wealth of community service experience with 20-plus years of volunteering in the community, including leadership positions at the Edwardsville Arts Center and Edwardsville High School booster clubs.


"After assisting with scholarship interviews the last few years, I was looking for an opportunity to serve the Edwardsville Community Foundation in a more meaningful and significant way," Miracle said.


Miracle currently lives in Edwardsville with her husband Trent. The couple has three children, Hannah, Ethan and Brynn. Andrea and her family have lived in Edwardsville for nearly 20 years.


Schoenthal is a local realtor and active community member. Prior to real estate, she worked for two large engineering companies in St. Louis, taught in SIUE’s Management and Marketing Department and provided marketing services for St.John’s United Methodist Church. She also has held several volunteer positions supporting booster clubs at Edwardsville

High School.


“As a long-time resident of Edwardsville, I am honored to serve on the ECF board. I look forward to being part of an organization whose mission is to benefit the residents of our great community,” Schoenthal added.


Schoenthal currently lives in Edwardsville with her husband Fred. The couple has three children, Wesley, Jacob and Alex. Karen and her family have lived in Edwardsville for over 30 years.


“On behalf of our Board of Directors, we’re so pleased to have Andrea and Karen join the Board,” Pam Farrar, Executive Director said. “Their long-standing commitment to community service, along with their professional experience, will be a great asset to ECF. Most of all, they are generous with their time to support ECF’s mission and vision.”

Andrea Miracle

(Photo Credit Rachel Gierich Photography)


Karen Schoenthal

(Photo Credit Rachel Gierich Photography)




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2022

Contact: Pamela Farrar, Executive Director

pam@edwardsvillecommunityfoundation.org

(855) 464-3223


Edwardsville Community Foundation Accepting Relief Grant Applications


Applications for grants from the Edwardsville Community Foundation’s Relief Fund are now being

accepted here on our website:


www.edwardsvillecommunityfoundation.org


The deadline for receiving applications from individuals/nonprofits/businesses is March 11, 2022.

UPDATE: THE deadline for receiving applications from municipalities has been extended until April 8, 2022.


The Edwardsville Community Foundation continues to be deeply moved by the profound and generous influx of charitable gifts following the devastating Tornado event of December 10th.


Questions related to the Relief Grant process should be directed to

relief@edwardsvillecommunityfoundation.org


The Edwardsville Community Foundation values trust, transparency, compassion, excellence and equity

and seeks to promote Philanthropic ideals connecting people, resources and solutions to create a lasting

impact to our shared world. The ECF will provide a Public Attestation and Disclosure after funds have

been fully distributed.

ECF Announces Plan For Distributing Funds

2/1/2022


The Edwardsville Community Foundation has been deeply moved by the profound and generous influx of financial gifts following the devastating Tornado event of December 10th.


The Edwardsville Community Foundation values trust, transparency, compassion, excellence and equity and seeks to promote Philanthropic ideals connecting people, resources and solutions to create a lasting impact to our shared world.


ECF Relief Fund Purpose Statement:

The primary purpose of the Relief Fund is to serve all members of the community by:

1. Providing assistance to individual victims in a public class of sudden and unexpected natural, manmade, and civil disasters as declared by the U.S. President, Illinois Governor, or the local governing top official. The relief fund may provide assistance in the form of funds, services, or goods to ensure that victims who are needy or in distress have the basic necessities, such as food, clothing, housing (including repairs), transportation, and medical assistance (including psychological counseling)


2. Providing assistance to organizations who are financially needy or otherwise distressed as a result of sudden and unexpected natural, manmade, and civil disasters as declared by the U.S. President, Illinois Governor, or the local governing top official.


3. Providing crisis counseling, rescue services, or emergency aid such as blankets or meals in the

immediate aftermath of a disaster without a showing of financial need.


4. Providing support to area police, fire, public service, and emergency management departments for

disaster preparedness and disaster recovery needs.


5. Meeting long-term needs of the community as determined by the Board in accordance with each event and the gifts received.


The ECF Relief Fund Task force has been diligently collecting data and information from stake holders and has developed the following Attestation of Intent stated below. ECF will offer a period of 7 days for feedback from the community and invites all feedback to be sent via email only to pam@edwardsvillecommunityfoundation.org.


ECF Relief Fund Criteria and Priorities related to the December 10, 2021, event:


A. Consistent with Relief Fund Purpose Statement Criteria 5:

Endow a Disaster Relief Fund at ECF to fund future costs of individuals, and

organizations. Provide a lasting scholarship to SIUE for students majoring in fields related to disaster preparedness or disaster recovery. SIUE maintains the principal and the interest would provide the scholarships annually.


B. Consistent with Relief Fund Purpose Statement Criteria 4:

Provide grants and in-kind gifts to area police, fire, public service, and emergency management

departments for disaster preparedness and recovery needs. Could be equipment, infrastructure,

technology, etc.


C. Consistent with Relief Fund Purpose Statement Criteria 1:

Provide assistance to individual victims to ensure that victims have the basic necessities, such as food,

clothing, housing (including repairs), transportation, and medical assistance (including

psychological counseling).


D. Consistent with Relief Fund Purpose Statement Criteria 2:

Provide assistance to organizations that are financially needy or otherwise distressed.


The service region for the relief fund will be for those individuals and organizations located in Madison County, Illinois, with primary consideration given to needs for assistance within district 7.


Relief Grant applications will be available February 15, 2022, on our website,

www.edwardsvillecommunityfoundation.org


The Edwardsville Community Foundation values trust, transparency, compassion, excellence and equity and seeks to promote Philanthropic ideals connecting people, resources and solutions to create a lasting impact to our shared world.

The ECF will provide a Public Attestation and Disclosure after funds have been fully distributed.

Raymond & Lucia Weber 'Pay It Forward' and Establish Scholarship at ECF

1/27/22

The Edwardsville Community Foundation is pleased to announce the Raymond & Lucia Weber Scholarship. This $1500 award will go to a graduating senior at Edwardsville High School who will continue their education in the field of special education or the field of medicine with the plan of becoming either a special education teacher or a physician, registered nurse, physician assistant or nurse practitioner.


“As graduates of the EHS Class of 1968, thankful for having received an excellent high school education preparing us for eventual careers in Special Education and Medicine, we hope to

pay it forward by establishing this Scholarship Fund for future EHS graduates,” Raymond and Lucia Weber, fund sponsors said.


“We are pleased to offer this new award for graduating seniors at Edwardsville High School and appreciate all of our scholarship fund sponsors whose generosity allowed for $86,500 in

scholarship awards in 2021,” Pam Farrar, ECF Executive Director said.


Criteria for the award include completion of application, 2 recommendations, and a brief essay describing interest and future goals in the fields of special education or medicine.

Applicants should be ranked in the top 25% of the graduating class.


Make a Donation to the Raymond & Lucia Weber Scholarship

Raymond & Lucia Weber

The Harry K. & Carol A. Windland Building Trades Scholarship in Memory of Harry E. Windland

11/1/2021

The Edwardsville Community Foundation is pleased to announce the Harry K. & Carol A. Windland Building Trades Scholarship in Memory of Harry E. Windland. This $2500 award will go to a graduating senior at Edwardsville High School who will attend a technical or vocational school. ECF is proud to remember Mr. Harry E. Windland, who was known in Champaign, IL as “the man who could fix anything.”

Harry E. Windland (1913- 1998) was born in Mounds, IL. During the Great Depression he worked a variety of construction and mechanical jobs until the economy improved. Except for his time as an Electrician’s Mate in the US Navy during WWII, Mr. Windland was self-employed for 25 years while becoming a master in all of the building trades. He went on to own Mounds Supply Company, a supplier of plumbing, heating and electrical materials. He ended his career in the Maintenance Department of Champaign, IL public schools, where he became the Chief Mechanic. The sponsors for this scholarship are Harry K. and Carol A. Windland, Harry E. Windland's son and daughter-in-law.

More Info

Make a Donation to the Windland Building Trades Scholarship

Judy DeSart Remembered with Healthcare Scholarship

8/16/21

The Edwardsville Community Foundation is pleased to announce the Judy DeSart Memorial Healthcare Scholarship Fund. This $1,000 award will go to a graduating senior at Edwardsville High School who will continue their education at an accredited 4-year college or university to pursue a degree in nursing, public health, social work or for admission to pharmacy school or a physical therapy program. ECF is proud to honor DeSart by adding this award to our robust scholarship program.


Judy DeSart (1941-2020) was a registered nurse for 50 years, a profession she loved dearly. A graduate of St. John’s School of Nursing in Springfield, IL, she moved to the Glen Carbon area in 2000 to be closer to her grandchildren. DeSart’s daughters, Amy DeSart and Lori Spangenberg, are the fund co-sponsors.

More Info

Make a Donation to the Judy DeSart Memorial Healthcare Scholarship


7/24/21 The Edwardsville Community Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce the Dave Rieger Golf Scholarship. This $1,000 award will go to a graduating senior at Edwardsville High School, Father McGivney Catholic School or Metro East Lutheran High School who is a member of the girls or boys high school golf team and plans to continue school at an accredited university, college, trade or vocational school in the coming fall as a full-time student.


ECF is thrilled to offer this award for local graduates and golf athletes in memory of Mr. Dave Rieger, 1954-2020, a 1972 EHS graduate and stalwart athlete in football and baseball.

More Info

Make a Donation to the Dave Rieger Golf Scholarship

DAVE RIEGER SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCED AT ECF

ANOTHER ROUND OF RELIEF GRANTS

ECF is pleased to announce two recent $750 grants from the ECF Relief Fund (formerly ECF Community Covid-19 Relief Fund) to Illinois Center for Autism and Safe Surroundings Refuge. This brings the total in Covid Relief grants to $141,500.

ECF would like to thank individual donors, ICRF (Illinois Covid-19 Relief Fund) and the St. Louis Community Foundation who have made these grants possible.

ECF Announces Healing Illinois Library Grant Recipients

The Edwardsville Community Foundation has granted $3600 to local libraries and schools to assist in their efforts to teach children and adults about racial differences through books. Recipients include:


  • Edwardsville Public Library

  • Father McGivney Catholic High School

  • Six Mile Regional Library District

  • Worden Public Library District

  • ECUSD 7

  • Glen Carbon Centennial Library

These funds were granted in partnership with the Southern Illinois Community Foundation, the Healing Illinois Initiative, and the Chicago Community Trust.


More Covid Grants Announced by ECF


2/24/21 The Edwardsville Community Foundation (ECF) is pleased to announce two additional rounds of grants from ECF’s Community Covid-19 Relief Fund, bringing the total in Covid Relief grants to $140,000.


Complete List of Covid-19 Relief Grant Recipients:


·Boy Scouts of America·

·Challenge Unlimited, Inc.

·Collinsville Memorial Public Library Foundation

·Community Care Center Inc.

·Edwardsville Children’s Museum

·Edwardsville Neighbors

·Equipping the Called Foster and Crisis Closet

·Glen-Ed Pantry

·Goshen Market Foundation

·Hope Clinical Care

·Ilinois Center for Autism

·Lincoln School Alumni Foundation

·Main Street Community Center

·Mt. Joy Missionary Baptist Church

·Pathways Counseling

·Residential Options, Inc.

·Riverbend Family Ministries

·Safe Surroundings Refuge d/b/a Refuge

·Serving Area Kids-SAK

·St. John’s Community Care Center

·St. John UCC HHH Summer Camp

·Trailhead Church

More Information on latest Covid grants

New Scholarship Honors the L.J. and Faye E. Burrus Family

10/27/20 The Edwardsville Community Foundation is pleased to announce the L.J. and Faye E. Burrus Family Scholarship. This new scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior from Edwardsville High School who plans to pursue a degree in the field of exercise physiology, exercise science or human/sports performance related fields. More Information

ECF's Community Covid-19 Relief Fund announces $128,000.00 in grants for Covid-19 Relief for area nonprofits. ECF recently received two relief grants: a $100,000 Illinois Covid-19 Response Fund (ICRF) grant and a $10,000 grant from the Covid-19 Regional Response Fund at the St. Louis Community Foundation.

ECF would like to thank individual donors, the ICRF, and The St. Louis Community Foundation who have made these grants possible.

List of Covid-19 Grant Recipients:

  • Boy Scouts of America

  • Community Care Center Inc.

  • Challenge Unlimited, Inc.

  • Edwardsville Neighbors

  • Edwardsville Children’s Museum

  • Equipping the Called Foster and Crisis Closet

  • Glen-Ed Pantry

  • Goshen Market Foundation

  • Hope Clinical Care

  • Illinois Baptist Children's Home & Family Services d/b/a Pathways Counseling

  • Illinois Center for Autism

  • Lincoln School Alumni Foundation

  • Collinsville Memorial Public Library Foundation

  • Main Street Community Center

  • Mt. Joy Missionary Baptist Church

  • Residential Options, Inc.

  • Riverbend Family Ministries

  • Safe Surroundings Refuge d/b/a Refuge

  • Serving Area Kids-SAK

  • St. John UCC HHH Summer Camp


THANK YOU ST. LOUIS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION!

A coalition of foundations, businesses, and individual donors who comprise the COVID-19 Regional Response Fund awarded the Edwardsville Community Foundation a $10,000.00 grant to help our community deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

EDWARDSVILLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WORKS WITH LOCAL NOT-FOR-PROFITS TO ESTABLISH A COMMUNITY COVID RELIEF FUND.

EDWARDSVILLE - The Edwardsville Community Foundation is stepping forward in this time of need for those most impacted by the coronavirus and the shut down of business.

"As our community faces the unprecedented reality of the coronavirus, the Edwardsville Community Foundation is pleased to collaborate with the following organizations.....

EDWARDSVILLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ESTABLISHES NEW FUND TO SUPPORT NICKEL PLATE STATION

(Edwardsville, Ill. – September 17, 2019) The City of Edwardsville, in partnership with the Edwardsville Community Foundation, recently established the Nickel Plate Station Fund to support the restoration of the Nickel Plate Train Station.

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ECF APPOINTS NEW BOARD MEMBER

EDWARDSVILLE — The Edwardsville Community Foundation has announced Sue Webb as a newly-appointment board director.

Webb currently serves as the marketing and communications director for Signature Medical Group. In that role, she is responsible for planning, developing and implementing all marketing, branding, sales and business development.


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EDWARDSVILLE FOUNDATION ACCEPTING NONPROFIT GRANT APPLICATIONS

The Edwardsville Community Foundation is inviting all local nonprofit organizations to apply for its 2019 grant cycle.

Grants are given to nonprofit organizations and groups that provide community services within District 7 boundaries.


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