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      The Community Foundation gets a new look

      The Community Foundation's new logo unveiled on November 7, 2013.

      The Community Foundation unveiled a new logo and public service announcement Thursday at its Friends of Philanthropy Celebration.

      The new logo features a tree and representation of the Mississippi River flowing between the riverbanks with the words "Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri."

      According to the organization and Executive Director Jill Arnold Blickhan, the logo signifies trust, growth and stability as the Community Foundation remains committed to its mission of "Connecting people who care with causes that matter."

      The 30-second public service announcement that was unveiled is titled "Making a Difference Your Way" and features two local Missouri and Illinois families who relay their message that working with the Community Foundation enabled each of their families to make a difference.

      Andy Sprague, Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors, noted that at last year??s celebration, the Community Foundation launched a County Endowment Match, offering up to $15,000 to each county whose residents choose to build a charitable endowment with the Community Foundation.

      ??We planned on three counties for the first effort,?? Sprague said. ??Volunteers in five counties are working to meet the match by November 1, 2015. Donations have come in for six counties: Marion, Lewis, Hancock, Brown, Pike and Adams.?? As those County Endowments grow, so will their impact. Sprague recounted how the first grants in 1999 totaled $10,000 and were awarded to 11 organizations. A milestone was announced late this summer; more than $2 million has been granted to more than 200 organizations since the organization??s founding.

      In other announcements, Sprague said that the offices will be moving from 601 State to 4531 Maine Street, Suite A. You'll remember that the location on State is an Anheuser Busch Building that housed the Community Foundation for 11 years, Sprague said.

      The Community Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Find them on Facebook here.

      (Information provided by Community Foundation Executive Director Jill Arnold Blickhan.)