Cultivating and Soliciting Major Gifts

Back by popular demand – please join us in Bloomington/Normal for an all-day seminar featuring WILLIAM T. STURTEVANT!

WHEN: Wednesday, August 13 WHERE: Bloomington/Normal Marriott

9:00 am – 4:00 pm (Lunch is included) 201 Broadway St., Normal, IL

Registration opens at 8:15 am

Contact Kimberly Weeks at 309-242-3960 or for more information.

Bill is a nationally recognized specialist in major and deferred gifts and planning and solicitation strategies. He was Senior Principal Gifts Consultant at the University of Illinois Foundation, a position which guided relationships with individuals and families capable of gifts at a level of $5 million and above, until his retirement in 2013 after 33 years of service. From 1980 until 2004 he served as Vice President at the Foundation and built what is considered by many to be one of the nation’s preeminent gift planning programs. Mr. Sturtevant played a central role in the University’s campaigns, some of which raised $1.5 – $2.2 billion. Early in his career, Mr. Sturtevant used his MBA background as an entrée in private industry. His first fundraising experience was in public television and at the Western Michigan University Foundation where he formed his major gifts skills. He earned the Certified Financial Planner designation in 1984 and regularly assists a variety of charitable organizations with complicated or unusual gift situations. He is author of the best-selling book The Artful Journey: Cultivating and Soliciting the Major Gift which was published in 1997 and revised and expanded in 2004. He is co-author of the Moves Management Manual which was published in 2012.

Mr. Sturtevant is a member of several Foundation Boards and is a founding Director of the Institute for Charitable Giving. A teacher as well as a doer, he is rigorous in his pursuit of professionalism in fundraising and committed to the highest ethical standards. His guiding tenet is that dedication to the best interest of our donors is the only way to achieve the objectives of the charitable organizations we serve. This will be a practical and in-depth session on how to successfully create and implement cultivation and solicitation strategies for major gifts (whether outright or deferred); however that level is defined at your organization. The presentation will address the identification of probable major donors and carry through to cultivation, solicitation and stewardship. You will be provided with a specific road map for successful implementation starting immediately. Capping the day will be a discussion regarding the decision of who asks for the gift; what and how much to ask for; when and where to do the asking.

Take advantage of these early-bird rates:

$90 for AFP Members and any board member of member organizations, $130 for non-members.

To receive the early bird rate, reservations must be received by Friday, August 1.

Please add $15 to the above fees after August 1.

About AFP

AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy.

As one of AFP’s 230 chapters worldwide, the Central Illinois Chapter members encompass a broad spectrum of professional experience and backgrounds and represent the areas of health, human services, education, religion, and the arts. Our chapter is committed to professional education, the advancement of philanthropy and the fundraising profession, and ethical fundraising practices in Central Illinois. We are dedicated to providing quality learning opportunities for fundraising professionals of all experience levels.


New Report Outlines Risk and Costs that Dynegy’s Coal-fired power Plants Place on Illinois Communities

Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance, Sierra Club, Prairie Rivers Network Highlight Path for Communities to Transition Away from Risky Coal

PEORIA – Today, the Central Illinois Healthy Community Alliance (CIHCA), Prairie Rivers Network and the Sierra Club released a report highlighting the risk posed by Dynegy’s coal-fired power plants on communities across Illinois.

The report is the first comprehensive collection of Dynegy’s environmental and public health impact state-wide.  The report chronicles Dynegy’s history of risky behavior, the health costs associated with pollution from Dynegy’s aging coal plants, cleanup risks and costs that towns could face if a coal ash disaster occurs at a Dynegy coal ash pit and Dynegy’s troubled history with labor and town relations. The report goes on to outline the importance of building responsible transition plans for Illinois communities that have been saddled with decades of coal pollution and are ready to build local clean energy economies.

“This report clearly demonstrates that Dynegy has shifted the burden of its heavily polluting business to the communities surrounding its plants, placing the health costs of pollution, and the potentially devastating costs of coal ash disaster squarely on those living nearby.” said Kady McFadden, Organizing Representative with the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign in Illinois. “Illinois has no time to waste demanding a transition away from coal, and requiring a smart transition plan in communities that have been calling for clean energy and cleaner air for years.”

The report implicates Dynegy in devastating past, present, and future pollution impacts.  The company is responsible for the continuing coal ash damage at the Vermillion plant along the Vermillion River.  The company’s ED Edwards plant is implicated in causing federally designated unsafe air quality in Peoria, and several additional plants across the state threaten local air quality. Many plants also dump coal ash directly into the Illinois River, putting arsenic, mercury, and lead directly into one of Illinois’ most important drinking water and recreational sources. The report contains maps demonstrating the extent of Dyengy’s air and water pollution state-wide.

“I want to make my community a safe place for my children to grow up and thrive, and dangerous pollution from Dynegy’s coal plant takes that power away from me as a parent,” said Robin Garlish, a mother from Pekin who lives near Dynegy’s E.D. Edwards coal plant and member of the CIHCA. “This report portrays the terrifying percentage of our state that is blanketed by pollution from Dynegy’s coal plants. It is time to build a plan to move away from dangerous coal pollution in Illinois, and we’re going to push Dynegy to build that plan with all community stakeholders present.”

The report also reveals the long-known and pervasive coal ash problems at Dynegy’s coal plants. The Illinois River is hit hard by Dynegy’s Duck Creek, E.D. Edwards, Havana, and Hennepin plants, which all discharge polluted water to the river at a rate of more than 1,043 million gallons daily. Dynegy’s history with coal ash contamination at its retired Vermillion coal plant in central Illinois raises a red flag for other communities where Dynegy is dumping coal ash into aging coal ash pits.

“So many of Dynegy’s coal ash pits are already leaking and are disaster areas waiting to happen,” said Carrie Otto, Organizer with Prairie Rivers Network. “Protecting clean water is vital, and transitioning away from coal is the simplest way we can avoid producing the dangerous waste that Dynegy dumps near our rivers.”

Beyond highlighting risks, the report outlines a three step checklist for local decision makers to protect their communities from Dynegy’s dangerous track record: advocate for public health and a healthy environment, support clean energy, and protect the community workforce.

Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox

Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox

A project by the Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs

Presented in partnership with University of Illinois Extension

Local Government Information and Education Network

Illinois is in fiscal crisis, with no easy solutions.  Many tools will be needed to fix the problem.

The Illinois Budget Policy Toolbox is a collection of essays that assess policy options that help to frame the issues surrounding Illinois’s precarious budget situation.  Using the best academic scholarship, the University of Illinois’ leading policy experts provide a nonpartisan overview of the state’s fiscal situation and evaluate the pros and cons of a variety of revenue and spending options.  Please join us in the first of a three part series on Illinois’s budget situation.




Noon |Tuesday

August 12, 2014

Tools to Address Spending

  • Bending the Curve Richard Winkel, Director of IGPA Office of Public Leadership
  • Waste and Abuse in Human Affairs Spending Elizabeth Powers, UIUC, Economics
  • Healthy Spending Anthony Lo Sasso, UIC, Health Policy and Administration
  • Better Fiscal Planning Nancy Hudspeth, UIC, The Fiscal Futures Project





Registration is required at . You will be provided log-on information so that you may participate in the program from your home or your office via the Internet.


Each session will be recorded and posted at so that if you miss a session you will still be able to listen at a later time.

PRHC to Host Free Admission to “After Tiller” Documentary

PRHC (Peorians for Reproductive Health Care) will host free admission, two night screening of “After Tiller” at Landmark Theater. “After Tiller” is a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the experience of reproductive health care/abortion providers since the assassination of Dr. Tiller by a religious zealot in 2009. These doctors put their lives on the line every day so that women can have safe access to their reproductive rights, despite being constantly targeted by the anti-choice community.

After Tiller website:

First screening is on Friday, July 25 at 7:00pm and the second showing is on Saturday, July 26th at 2:00pm. Both screenings are in auditorium 11. 

Landmark theater Map website:,-89.617459,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m7!1m4!3m3!1s0x880a5bf19d4e16f1:0x32a6d8df2c957f4!2sLandmark+Cinemas!3b1!3m1!1s0x880a5bf19d4e16f1:0x32a6d8df2c957f4

Please support this educational film!

Peoria Heights to host Music Festival August 1st & 2nd

9th Annual Tower Park event Aug. 1 and 2

Peoria Heights, IL – Spectacular music will fill the air in Peoria Heights during the 9th Annual Tower Park Music Festival, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 1 and 2.  

The festival, free and open to the public, blends a variety of music with delicious food, a beer tent and family fun over the two days  ̶  all centered at Tower Park at Prospect and Glen in Peoria Heights.

Bands include Heavy Shake, Roundstone Buskers and Paige DeChausse and the Reverent Few on Friday. On Saturday musicians will be the Robin Crowe Band, The Midnight Special, Celtricity, featuring Barry Cloyd, and Drivetrain featuring Nick Boettcher.  

Amazing food will be available and family fun will be provided on Saturday by Fun On The Run and on Sunday by the extraordinary Zoo Lady, who can paint more than 35 elaborate mask faces.  

And don’t forget, the iconic Peoria Heights Tower will be open, offering some of the area’s best views of the city and river valley.

For more information visit

Upcoming events at Exposition Gardens – Peoria, IL

Weekly each Tuesday – Fusion Dog Training offers agility dog training call 309-472-5043 for more information and on Wednesday and Thursday Fusion Dog Training offers dog training for more information call 309-472-5043

July 30-August 1 – University of Illinois – Peoria County Extension 4H Show – in the Exhibit Buildings, Barns, Opera House, and Youth Building – Hours: Wednesday 1:00- 5:00 PM, Thursday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Friday 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM Open to the public. For more information go to

August 8-10 – Mid America Antique Show and Sales – Youth Building – More info to come

August 9 – Illinois Valley Striders Beer Run - 4:00 – 8:00 PM Drink four beers and run one mile on the Richwoods HS track. For more information and an entry form go to

August 21 – Taylor Martin Auction – Fair Grounds

August 23 – Peace Brother’s Rodeo and Dance – Arena and Opera House – Bike Show and Races 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Dance 8:00 PM- 1:00 AM with DJ Storm. For more information go to

August 24 – Giant Flea Market - Youth Building – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

September 5-7 – BBQ Beer and Bluegrass Festival – more information to come

September 13-14 – TAGCC Cat Show hosted by the American Gothic Cat Club – Hours: Saturday 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Youth Building – For more information go to or call 696-4649

September 20-21 – Peoria SUPERFEST – Amateur Radio, Computer, and Electronics Show hosted by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. All Exposition Gardens grounds – Hours: Saturday, 6:00 AM – Dusk and Sunday 6:00 AM – 1:00 PM for more information visit

September 22-26 – Career EXPO – Arena – more to come

September 28 – Giant Flea Market – Youth Building – 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM –

October 2-3 – United Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show sponsored by Mid-Lakes Australian Shepherded Club – Opera House – 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM – Open to the public – Learn what it takes to show your dog in a relaxed family friendly atmosphere. Registration available day of show, for more information contact Jeanne Heger at 847-638-6716.

October 4-5 – United Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show sponsored by the Illinois Toy Fox Terrier Association – Opera House – 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM – Open to the public – This is another great opportunity to try your hand at showing your dog in a welcoming casual atmosphere. For more information please contact John David

Send Your Kids Back to School with Their Vaccines Up to Date

Back-to-school season is near and the Peoria City/County Health Department reminds parents it’s the perfect time to make sure kids are up-to-date on their vaccines as they also gather school supplies and back packs.

Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health—and that of classmates and the community.  Schools require children to be current on vaccinations to protect the health of all students.

Today’s childhood vaccines protect against serious and potentially life-threatening diseases. “Thanks to vaccines, we have seen decreased illness related to vaccine preventable diseases,” said Jean Bellisario, Director of Infectious Disease at Peoria City/County Health Department. “But recent outbreaks across the country show the continued importance of keeping vaccination rates high.  These illnesses can make children very sick, leading to many days of missed school, missed work for parents, and even hospitalization and death.  Vaccines are safe and effective and vaccine preventable diseases are still a threat.”

“In the last few years we’ve seen cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, and chickenpox in Peoria County. We’ve also seen cases of measles reported in Central Illinois. Without vaccines, these numbers would be much, much higher,” Bellisario said. “That’s why kids still need vaccines.”

When children are not vaccinated, they are at increased risk of disease and can spread diseases to others in their classrooms and community—including babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated, and people with weakened immune systems due to cancer and other health conditions.

Check with your child’s healthcare provider or your health department to find out what vaccines they need this year.

For more information on important Public Health issues, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department website at

Ceremony & Ribbon Cutting for the Peoria Park District’s Rock Island Greenway Bridge over Knoxville Ave. on July 24th

Bridge Grand Opening



The Peoria Park District is holding a ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Peoria Park District Rock Island Greenway Bridge over Knoxville Ave on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place on the south lot of Junction City Shopping Center.

Work on the bridge began in December 2013. It is part of the larger Peoria Park District Rock Island Greenway project, which is the portion of the trail under Peoria Park District ownership from Alta Road to the Bob Michel Bridge.

Confirmed speakers include Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Peoria Park District Board of Trustees Vice President Kelly A. Cummings, and Peoria Park District Executive Director Bonnie W. Noble.

Illinois American Water Sponsors Facebook Photo Contest Contest will Benefit Local Organizations and Raise Awareness about Value of Water

Belleville, Ill. (July 22, 2014) – Some pictures are worth a thousand words. Now, they could be worth a total of $1,500 shared by three organizations via Illinois American Water’s “Value of Water” photo contest.  The contest begins today, July 22, 2014, on the Company’s Facebook page at Illinois American Water invited 12 local organizations to submit photos and thoughts to depict what water service means to their organization and community.  The photos will be posted to Illinois American Water’s Facebook page here –

The photo contest also aims to raise awareness about the role water service plays in daily lives, economic growth and fire protection. The public can participate by voting for their favorite “Value of Water” photo beginning July 22, 2014 through August 20, 2014.  The three photos with the most votes will earn their organization $750 (first place), $500 (second place) and $250 (third place).  The winners will be announced soon after the contest closes. The organizations participating in the contest are listed below along with their Illinois American Water service area:

  • Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau – Alton District
  • American Red Cross, Little Egypt Branch — Cairo District
  • City of Waterloo — Interurban (Metro East) District
  • Daily Bread Soup Kitchen — Champaign District
  • Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful — South Beloit District
  • Lincoln Community Gardens — Lincoln District
  • Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal (P2D2) — Pontiac District
  • Sterling Fire Department — Sterling District
  • Streator Child Development Center — Streator District
  • Sun Foundation — Peoria District
  • TAPS Animal Shelter — Pekin District
  • West Suburban Community Pantry — Chicago Metro District

About Illinois American Water – Illinois American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 1.2 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 6.600 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 14 million people in more than 40 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting