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BLOOMINGTON — Illinois Prairie Community Foundation — which facilitates philanthropy in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties by connecting donors with causes that matter to them — is seeking nominations for its 2018 Philanthropist(s) of the Year.

An individual, couple or family will be honored at the foundation's Celebrating Local Philanthropy Luncheon at noon Nov. 15 at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 8 Traders Circle, Normal.

Nominees must live in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties. The criteria are "outstanding civic responsibility as demonstrated by contributions of financial resources and voluntary commitment of time, willingness to serve in leadership roles and providing vision and the ability to involve others in philanthropic activity," according to a statement from the foundation.

Nominations should describe in 250 words or less why the nominee deserves  recognition. Current foundation board members and staff are not eligible.

Previous recipients include George and Myra Gordon, Darrell and Donna Hartweg, John and Marilyn Freese, John and Jan Wohlwend, Bob and Julie Dobski, Roger and Mary Hunt, Deanna Frautschi and Alan Bedell and Jerry and Carole Ringer.

Deadline for nominations is July 31. Entries can be submitted to the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, 2401 E. Washington St., Suite 300B, Bloomington, Ill., 61704, or by email to lshepherd@ilprairiecf.org.

Nomination forms are available for download from the foundation's website at https://ilprairiecf.org/celebrating-local-philanthropy.

The foundation, in its 20th year, manages assets of more than $16.2 million in 160 funds, said Michele Evans, foundation grants and communications director.

In May, the foundation awarded its largest dollar amount of grants to nonprofit organizations — $157,347 to 73 programs in the four counties.

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Contact Paul Swiech at (309) 820-3275. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_swiech

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