Two Ways to Support Equity and Inclusion in Our Community

Let’s create true and substantial positive change for ALL people!

As a community, we’re seeking to address the chronic issues and ongoing struggles of equity and inclusion – issues that dramatically rose to the national forefront during the past few years. This awakening caused many of us to recognize how we ourselves contribute to enabling systemic issues of inequity and exclusion that cause hurt to others – even if our actions are unintentional.

As a first step in moving toward a more equitable and inclusive society, all of us can commit to learning about the stories, lives and experiences of individuals who do not have similar stories to our own.

Beyond that, we can financially support efforts that provide grant funding to the causes and organizations that recognize, value and embrace the differences among us – including the Equity and Inclusion Fund and the Racial Equity Fund. Information about both funds is listed below.

Join us in making a positive difference. Help us build a community of expanded opportunities where we all thrive.

The Equity and Inclusion Endowment Fund

The Equity and Inclusion Endowment Fund provides a lasting legacy of support for ongoing needs in the areas of equity and inclusion. The fund surpassed $50,000 in donations in October 2021, reaching permanent endowment status.

Starting with December 2021 grants, the fund will award 5 percent of its total growing assets each year in grants within Macon County. The 2021 grant focus was on educational projects and programs, but the review committee may opt to select a new focus each year.

Donate today to help this important fund grow in its impact on our community! Have questions? Call 217.429.3000.

The Racial Equity Fund

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

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 available to meet our most pressing problems, including racism and inequity.

The Racial Equity Fund gives community members the opportunity to financially support nonprofit organizations directly addressing the challenge of racism and inequity in our area. Funding is issued through grant awards to help these nonprofits work toward solutions that help eliminate systemic racism and move the community toward racial equity.

Together, we can fuel more community-led change!

We're pleased to share that The Community Foundation of Macon County was one of only 13 community foundations nationwide selected to participate in the ABFE and Charles Stewart Mott Foundation national racial equity training. This will further aid our work in resolving the issues of racial equity in our community.

An example of another positive step toward helping our community move forward was a 2020 book club founded by local resident Julia Roundtree Livingston. The group offered individuals an opportunity to read and discuss texts dealing with the Black experience in the United States, the history of race relations in the U.S. and more.

Join us in making a difference! The Racial Equity Fund provides grant funding to address equity gaps in the following areas affecting quality of life:

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