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The strategy of the The Lumpkin Family Foundation is to be more than a grantmaker. The Foundation is a community convenor and sometimes an initiator of community action.  We do this with organizations that share our goals and values and where we see opportunity for impact within our mission.   

City of Mattoon: Mattoon Heritage Park

The Foundation facilitated a process for family members and local community leaders to study the value of a sustainably designed park in downtown Mattoon.  The process resulted in a partnership between the Foundation and the City of Mattoon to build the park at the southwest corner of Broadway Avenue and 17th Street.  A community leadership team, led by the City, oversees the park’s development, completion of which is expected in early 2016. 

Illinois Fresh Taste Initiative:

The Foundation made a third three-year commitment in 2014 to the collaboration between several foundations and the City of Chicago.  Fresh Taste aims to bring about change in the Illinois food system that increases access to healthy food by under-served families in Chicago and creates jobs in rural communities in east central Illinois.    

Good Works CONNECT: 

Since 2007 we have led an effort using in-person and on-line convening to build stronger networks of nonprofit organizations in east central Illinois.  In 2014, the Foundation handed Good Works CONNECT off management to the Donors Forum who are initiating a statewide expansion. 

Central Illinois Community Foundations:

Our four community foundation partners in Central Illinois (the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln in Springfield, the Community Foundation of Macon County in Decatur, the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois in Champaign, and the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation in Mattoon and Effingham) have administered the nonprofit capacity building microgrant program through Good Works CONNECT since 2010.  Starting in 2015, we are building permanent endowments with each community foundation to make microgrants a lasting part of the nonprofit capacity building work in our region.  Click here to apply for a microgrant.

Mattoon Community Center for Arts and Culture:

During 2010 and 2011 The Foundation facilitated a consultant supported, community process to assess the feasibility of a community arts center in Mattoon.  Click here to see the consultant report.  Mattoon City Council granted permission in 2012 to occupy the main floor of the City's historic train depot. Foundation staff facilitated a fundraising campaign and The Lone Elm Room opened to the public for programming in 2014.