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Welcome to The Lumpkin Family Foundation

We seek to:
  •  • Contribute to positive change
  •  • Enrich our respective communities
  •  • Make a significant impact
  •  • Foster leadership and active involvement
  •  • Support education
  •  • Promote effective communication
  •  • Encourage environmental responsibility

 Spring 2016 Aspiramos Juntos Grants Announced

The Lumpkin Family Foundation is pleased to announce recipients of its spring Aspiramos Juntos grantmaking cycle.

Spring 2016 grant recipients include:

Chicago Horticultural Society: $10,000 for the Windy City Harvest program that trains Chicago youth and adults in sustainable urban agriculture and creates access to 55,000 servings of fresh produce for low-income residents in the Chicago region’s food insecure communities.

Healthy Schools Campaign: $60,000 for the Change for Good program, an effort to transform Chicago schools and classrooms into environments that ensure children have the opportunity to eat well, be physically active and spend time outdoors.

NeighborSpace: $9,025 for the Jardincito Community Stewardship Project which will result in effective stewardship and meaningful engagement at the Jardincito nature play garden in Little Village, the Chicago neighborhood with the least amount of open green space per capita.

Openlands: $20,000 for the Building School Gardens program which works with Chicago Public Schools across the city to use their school garden as an extension of their classroom. 

Peterson Garden Project: $5,000 for Fearless Food Education, a community-based food education program to ensure that everyone in the community has access to healthy food that is both affordable and sustainably produced.

Laura Huddleston joined The Lumpkin Family Foundation as our new Administrative Assistant in January 2016. She previously worked as the Children’s Librarian at the Mattoon Public Library.  Laura has a B.A. in Spanish and Secondary Education from Eastern Illinois University and has also worked in teaching and educational software fields.  Over the past several years she has served on the Illinois School Library Media Association’s Monarch Award Committee and as an advisory board member for RSVP of Coles County.  In 2014 she was honored as one of the JG-TC’s 20 Under 40 recipients for her work at the MPL. Laura was raised in Mattoon and returned here in 2004 with her husband and two children after teaching and working in Champaign-Urbana.

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Philanthropy Needs a Rural Strategy 

In this essay published by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Lumpkin Family Foundation Executive Director Bruce Karmazin highlights learning at the recent Forum for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders. 


The Lumpkin Family Fund will begin receiving Letters of Inquiry for the Fall 2016 grant-making cycle on July 29th. For more information, click here.

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