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Scholarship Funding Available

Applications for the 2024 scholarship program are being accepted now through March 1. More than 40 different post-secondary scholarships are available.

For full details about the specific requirements, criteria, and due dates for each scholarship, CLICK HERE.

Students with questions or limited computer access should contact the Community Foundation at or 217.789.4431.

A Light Shines On: The Emma Shafer Peace and Justice Fund

Emma Shafer packed more passion, intention, and joy into 24 years of life than most people do in 80 years.

She shared a vision for Springfield – ambitious but attainable if people would step up. She wanted to connect people and organizations in order to enact change through both broad sweeping actions and small meaningful steps.

Read More about Emma's Story here.

Edmund-Ellertsen Family Fund Honors Parents’ Legacy

Pete Ellertsen and Debi Edmund-Ellertsen of Springfield credit their parents with instilling in them a lifelong focus on giving back that now includes the Edmund-Ellertsen Family Fund, a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation.

“We’d been talking about doing something like this for years, but we were sure the process would be daunting,” Debi said. “We were looking for something uncomplicated that would help us make small grants to deserving community organizations. Now, we decide who we want to donate to, and the Foundation walks us through the rest – every step of the way.”

Read More about Pete and Debi's story Here.

20 Years of Philanthropy

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There are many ways to give through the Community Foundation.

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The Donor Portal provides donors with 24/7 access to their fund.

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To register for the donor portal, please contact Betsy Weidner at 217-789-4431 or