Generous gift to the Community Foundation creates lasting impact

Dec 05, 2013

Through a very generous contribution near the end of her life, Jaynane "Jayne" Lillig helped the Community Foundation of Johnson County reach a longstanding goal.

Executive Director Mike Stoffregen said Jayne's gift to the Community Foundation created the Lillig Family Community Impact Fund. "Soon after forming the Community Foundation, our board of directors wanted to award a significant grant each year that would affect our community in a positive way.

"Jayne's compassion for her community helped the foundation reach that goal. Our executive committee awarded the first Lillig Family Community Impact Fund award to the 1105 Project.

"The 1105 Project was a natural to receive the very first Lillig Family Community Impact award. 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 build a better community."

Stoffregen added Community Foundation board members will now work out the details and create criteria for subsequent awards, always with a goal of making a positive, lasting impact on the community.

Jim Coffman, Jayne's brother, said his sister chose to make charitable gifts following her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Her generosity and commitment to community included gifts to the Mercy Iowa City and Mercy Hospice Care.

Stoffregen said, "We are very grateful to Jayne. Her legacy will support 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. In the decade since founding, the Community Foundation of Johnson County has raised nearly $16 million in endowed assets and nearly $6 million in bequests, and distributed more than $5.8 million in grants and $603,000 in sponsor support. Additionally, charitable gifts have encouraged more than 32,460 volunteer service hours for 143 charitable giving and endowed funds to accomplish its goals – build an endowment for the greater community good. For Good . . . For Ever.

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