Macon County Legacy

This important group raises awareness of the importance of leaving a legacy gift to your community.

You bring JOY to Macon County

As a member of the Macon County Legacy group, YOU bring joy to Macon County.

Macon County Legacy is a membership group of nonprofit organizations and professional advisors - accountants, attorneys, wealth managers, financial advisors - who encourage supporters, donors, volunteers and clients to include a gift to charity in their wills or estate plans. Through their good work, our community flourishes. Why join? Read how it benefited one local nonprofit.

Macon County Legacy Steering Committee Members

  • Committee Co-Chair Natalie Beck, President - The Community Foundation of Macon County
  • Committee Co-Chair Debbie Bogle, President - United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois
  • Cindy Bardeleben, Executive Director - Baby TALK
  • Shanell Debela, Lieutenant - The Salvation Army of Decatur & Macon County
  • Jerry Johnson, Executive Director - Decatur Area Arts Council
  • Shamika Madison, Executive Director - Boys & Girls Club of Decatur
  • Julie Melton, Executive Director - Richland Community College Foundation
  • Zach Shields, Executive Director - Decatur Public Schools Foundation

Current Members

Click here to see a list of current members (as of 12/29/21).

Calendar of Events

Click here to view the MCL yearly calendar of events.


Benefits of Membership

Just a few membership benefits are listed below. Click here to view the complete list.

1. Opportunity to apply for free tuition to the Decatur Leadership Institute (DLI)

Many local nonprofits lack the funding to pay the $650 fee to send a staff member through the DLI learning and networking experience. However, one of the benefits of membership in the Macon County Legacy group is the opportunity for nonprofit staff members to apply to attend DLI at no cost. Each year, two slots are funded for nonprofit staff members through The Community Foundation of Macon County.

Four DLI graduates

From left, four DLI graduates: Shemuel Sanders of Shemilah's Outreach Center and Shamika Madison of Boys & Girls Club of Decatur, both recipients of the Macon County Legacy slots in the 2021 DLI course. Also pictured are DLI graduates Tony Holley of The Community Foundation of Macon County and Angel Lawrence of the Northeast Community Fund.

2. Microgrants

Microgrants are strategic investments in people and organizations to be used to defray the cost of attending programs targeted at improving the management, governance and leadership of the applicant organization.

3. Member Wish Lists

One of many benefits that member organizations receive is the ability to get their wish lists in front of potential donors through The Community Foundation of Macon County website. The wish list page fosters an environment of sharing and giving. Only Macon County Legacy members may participate. The list is continually updated as Legacy members items are funded and new items are submitted. Wish list items or projects may be sent to Candra Reed at any time. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the number of wishes granted in 2021 and click here to read about one nonprofit's successful list posting.

4. Do Something Great Awards

Each year the Macon County Legacy group recognizes those in the community who have made an impact on Macon County through giving of their time, talents and/or treasures. MCL members are encouraged to nominate worthy candidates and may attend the lunch at no cost. Learn more about this community recognition program by clicking here.

Join the Macon County Legacy group today!

Join the list of current members featured on this website! Nonprofit organizations and professional advisers who wish to join Macon County Legacy should call 217.429.3000.

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2021 Granted Wishes

So far in 2021, donors gave a total of $174,275 to grant 34 wishes for several local nonprofits and also partially fund five other wishes. Thank you, donors!