John Stremsterfer

Johns Stremsterfer discusses the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln's new visioning initiative, the Next 10, to grow the greater Springfield region.

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When the pandemic hit this spring, there were immediate concerns over the basic needs of people and how to make sure those were being met. A joint effort between the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln and United Way of Central Illinois came through in a big way.  

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It’s Community Foundation Week.  And in central Illinois, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln is wrapping up another successful year of helping administer and facilitate philanthropy. 

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We're talking philanthropy as the season of giving approaches.  One way to give is through a community foundation.  Charitable funds are established, allowing individuals to make sure their gifts follow their wishes.

To give you an idea on how to get started, John Stremsterfer joined us for an interview.  He's the President and CEO of the Community Foundation For The Land of Lincoln:

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  For the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln, it's all about philanthropy.  

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It was 100 years ago that community foundations began.  It was in Ohio.

"It was actually a banker from Cleveland who thought,there's all these charitable trusts being formed.  If we consolidated these it could be more efficient for philanthropy," said John Stremsterfer, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln.  

Based in Springfield, it serves Sangamon, Cass, Christian, Logan, Menard, Morgan, and Montgomery counties. The organization helps match donors with specific causes. 

The week spotlights these groups that help connect philanthropists with various causes.  Locally, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln manages 126 funds with a total of $17 million in assets.