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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

The Lumpkin Family Foundation Welcomes New Trustees

  Ila Duncan is a writer/director whose most recent film, Janie Charismanic, screened in film festivals in New York and Los Angeles and is now available to view online. She has worked with The Foundation since she was ten years old and is looking forward to stepping into a new role by joining the Board. Her recent involvement with Resource Generation is helping her to learn and grow as a philanthropist, and she is excited to continue that work. Ila lives in New York City where she is taking classes and writing her next film project.


Deborah (Debbi) Gillespie is Vice President of Finance and Administration and Secretary/Treasurer of The Joyce Foundation. Joining the Joyce Foundation in 2000, she is a member of the executive management committee and has oversight responsibilities that include finance and accounting, compliance, human resources, information technology, facilities, grants management, and taxes. 

In addition to the Lumpkin Family Foundation, Debbi serves on the boards of New Moms and Forefront (formerly Donors Forum). She is member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Not-for-Profit Advisory Committee, and serves on the Finance and Investment Committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation and the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope. She is a member and a past president of the Foundation Financial Officers Group (FFOG), and national organization of financial officers from large, private foundations.

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 Spring 2016 grant-making cycle on January 22. For more information, click here.


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