CHAMPAIGN — The owners of The News-Gazette and WDWS Inc. have pledged up to $25,000 to match gifts to the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois intended to help the community of Gifford.
The nonprofit Marajen Stevick Foundation owns the newpaper and the radio stations, as well The Rantoul Press and several other community newspapers.
"This is a situation where the Stevick Foundation can really fulfill part of its mission in making a positive difference for the people of East Central Illinois while trying at the same time to leverage those dollars for a greater impact," said Stevick Foundation President Greg Cozad. "The community foundation can directly administer the fund to those areas in the greatest need, whether they be individual, business or government."
Community Foundation Executive Director Joan Dixon said the funds will be designated for "unmet needs" in the northern Champaign County community.
"Help comes in different forms for different needs. As the dust settles in Gifford, the residents will need things they can't even think about right now," Dixon said.
She said the fund allows people to help and have their gift matched. Donations to the community foundation are tax deductible.
Gifts should be mailed to the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois, 307 W. University Ave., C, 61820, or made online at http://www.cfeci.org . Donors should note that the gift is for the "matching fund."
Questions should be directed to Dixon.
Since its inception following the death of Mrs. Marajen Stevick Chinigo, directors of the foundation bearing her name have distributed more than a million dollars to charitable causes in East Central Illinois.