The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation was recently awarded the 2015 Outstanding Leadership in Community and Economic Development Award by East Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation. They were named the award winner at the organization’s 31st Annual Celebration Awards Banque
Brian Titus, current board chair and Joedy Hightower, President and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the organization. The nomination was submitted by Jim Schultz, founding board member of the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and the newly appointed Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity.
The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation and its regional affiliate community foundations continuously seek to promote the standard of living and economic health in communities in Effingham and the 10 surrounding counties. The organization’s mission is “Cultivating Philanthropy to Build Better Communities.” Local issues in education, youth development, healthcare, arts and culture, workforce and economic development, and the environment are addressed through the foundation’s philanthropic work with individuals, families, corporations and other nonprofit organizations.