Racial Equity Fund

An initiative of The Community Foundation of Macon County

Racial Equity Fund

The issue of racial inequity presents an ongoing challenge to many in Macon County. It blocks them from rising up to achieve their dreams.

For that reason, The Community Foundation has launched the Racial Equity Fund. This fund provides grant funding to local nonprofit organizations directly addressing the challenge of racism and inequity in our community. This endowed fund will provide support for today and future needs.

At the Foundation, we believe all residents in our community should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. We also believe our community has the resources to meet our most pressing problems, including racism and inequity.

Join us in mobilizing our community’s generous spirit to make a difference. Help us build a community of expanded opportunities where we all thrive.

An Ongoing Legacy of Support

The Racial Equity Fund will support both annual grant distributions and permanent funding. Fifty percent of all donations will fund yearly grants, and the other fifty percent will support the Racial Equity Endowment to provide a lasting legacy of support for ongoing needs.

Grantmaking

The Racial Equity Fund will provide grant funding to address equity gaps in the following areas that affect quality of life:

  • Education
  • Job Readiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Income and Wealth Creation
  • Neighborhoods and Communities

Frequently Asked Questions

Any community member may contribute to the Racial Equity Fund. When our community comes together in support to solve our most pressing problems, we are stronger and more impactful than any individual, company or organization can be on its own. #StrongerTogether

The Racial Equity Fund Grants Committee, a diverse group of community-based individuals, reviews all applications and determines grant awards. More than half the members represent racial and ethnic minorities. This ensures that the groups being supported have a strong voice in the process.

All grants issued from the Racial Equity Fund must be designated for charitable, religious, literary or educational purposes at organizations that meet Code Section 501(c)(3) status. Qualified organizations include schools, religious institutions or government agencies located in Macon County, Illinois.

The Racial Equity Fund will support both annual grant distributions and permanent funding. Fifty percent of all donations will fund yearly grants, and the other fifty percent will support the Racial Equity Endowment to provide a lasting legacy of support for ongoing needs.

An endowment provides a stable source of income to address concerns of racial equity forever. The impact of these investments will continue to benefit the community long after the donations have been made. In addition, contributions to the Racial Equity Fund provide a lasting legacy for the donors who support it.

Our community grows and changes each year. The Racial Equity Fund will be here to meet our community’s racial and equity challenges – now and forever.

The Racial Equity Fund grant application form is available through the Community Foundation’s website, social media platforms and targeted enewsletters and email correspondence. You may also call the office at 217.429.3000 to request an application.

Yes! An honorary or memorial donation to the Racial Equity Fund is a perfect way to recognize those individuals, families or groups who are committed to creating a better community for all of us.

Yes! The Community Foundation accepts non-cash gifts such as stocks and bonds in addition cash and credit cards. To make a credit card donation to the Racial Equity Fund, please click the Donate button above. If you would like more information about making a non-cash gift to the Racial Equity Fund, please contact Missy Batman at mbatman@maconcountygives.org for simple transaction instructions.