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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 Lumpkin Family Fund Grants Announced

The Lumpkin Family Foundation is pleased to announce recipients of its spring grantmaking cycle in East Central Illinois.  The Lumpkin Family Foundation works toward a long term vision of holistically healthy communities.

Spring 2016 grant recipients include:

Faith in Place: $15,000 to establish Green Teams in East Central Illinois’ faith communities that will set environmental goals and implement impactful  and sustainable programs.

FARM Illinois: $2,500 in a strategic partnership contribution to support the FARM Illinois mission to coordinate policy, innovation, and leadership efforts across the food and agriculture systems in Illinois.

Fit 2 Serve: $20,000 to incubate a sustainable food center that is financially viable by 2020 and offer education and resources to farm, community, and school gardens.

Millikin University: $25,000 to develop a Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship (FIE) Program in collaboration with National Foodworks Services (NFS) to further the training, development, and growth of food entrepreneurs in Central Illinois and beyond.

Sola Gratia Farm/ St. Matthew Lutheran Church: $7,500 to purchase and install a high tunnel hoophouse that will extend the growing season, bring in increased income, and enhance ability to support the farm’s mission.

The Lumpkin Family Foundation will begin its fall 2016 grantmaking cycle in August. Letters of inquiry are invited beginning July 29.

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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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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