Foundation forever grateful for generosity in the season of giving

Dec 09, 2013

The spirit of giving is alive in Johnson County. Generous contributors have helped the Community Foundation of Johnson County (CFJC) aid numerous nonprofits and build endowment for the greater community good.

The Community Foundation is grateful for all support.

And this year, we especially appreciate Jaynane "Jayne" Lillig's kindness. Following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Jayne made a very generous contribution to help the CFJC reach a longstanding goal.

The Community Foundation Board of Directors has wanted to award a significant grant to impact the community in a positive way since it was founded in 2000. Jayne's compassion for her community and her gift to the Community Foundation created the Lillig Family Community Impact Grant, which helped CFJC award the first Lillig Family Community Impact Grant to The 1105 Project.

Launched last year, The 1105 Project was a natural to receive the very first community impact grant honoring its benefactor, Jayne Lillig. The project that serves four nonprofit programs – Crisis Center, Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVIP), Free Lunch Program and National Alliance on Mental Illness of Johnson County (NAMIJC) – emphasized collaboration and partnering to make a difference for the most vulnerable residents in our community. The renovation project will build a better community while helping its four agencies reach more clients and offer interrelated programs from one location.

CFJC's support for The 1105 Project, topping $200,000, also marks an all-time high in terms of support for any one project. The 1105 Project representatives are honoring CFJC's commitment by naming the shared conference room, "The Community Foundation Conference Room."

The 1105 Project also received substantial support from another Community Foundation fund, the K. and L. Angerer Family Fund. Project officials plan to name the kitchen in gratitude, the Free Lunch Program Kitchen.

The 1105 Project was a no-brainer natural to receive the first ever Lillig Community Impact Grant. Now the Community Foundation faces the hard, tedious work of formulating criteria for subsequent community impact awards, always with a goal of making a lasting, positive impact on our community – just as Jayne did.

The Community Foundation is forever grateful to Jayne LIllig and Angerer families and our many other contributors. Their legacy truly demonstrates the spirit of giving, and will live on in support of the Johnson County community now and in the future.

The Community Foundation of Johnson County is a catalyst to build a stronger community through philanthropy. We are grateful for all contributors for they help the foundation continue its work to accomplish a worthwhile goal – build an endowment for the greater community good. For Good . . . For Ever.

Tim Krumm is president of the Community Foundation Board of Directors.



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