September 5, 2013 – Springfield, IL. The Illinois State Genealogical Foundation (ISGF), a private, not for profit, tax exempt organization, was recently established in Illinois to help support genealogical and historical activities in the state. ISGF is governed by nine Directors who have an interest in supporting and promoting genealogy and Illinois history.
The purpose of ISGF is to assist in developing and increasing educational opportunities for the genealogical and historical community of Illinois. It also will be providing service and support for students and organizations whose primary interest involves the study and education of genealogical and historical events in Illinois.
ISGF encourages gifts of money, property, historical papers and documents, and other material having educational, artistic, scientific and/or historical value. ISGF will receive, hold, and administer such gifts with the primary intent of serving the genealogical and historical community in Illinois.
“A grant program will be created to provide funding to applicants for worthwhile genealogical and historical projects in the state”, said Stephen Black, ISGF President. “Further information on this grant program will be provided as more details and specific criteria are developed over the next several months. The first priority will be to obtain funding for the Foundation to provide for a sustained grant program consistent with maintenance of equity,” Black added.
All actions of ISGF shall be for its educational purposes as provided in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as such, any donation to the Foundation is tax deductible. If you are interested in further information on the organization or purpose of the Foundation please contact Stephen Black, Foundation President, at (623) 466-3545. If you are interested in providing support or making a contribution to ISGF, contact the Illinois State Genealogical Foundation, 906 Switchgrass Lane, Champaign, IL 61822.
About Illinois State Genealogical Society
The Illinois State Genealogical Society (ISGS) was formed in 1968 through the cooperative effort and forward thinking of Illinois genealogical society representatives, who envisioned a statewide genealogical organization. ISGS is a not-for-profit, nonsectarian, educational organization. ISGS was established for the following purposes:
- To stimulate an interest in the people who contributed to the establishment and development of the State of Illinois.
- To seek, preserve, and make available data pertaining to individuals, families, and groups who lived in Illinois and to events which took place therein.
- To inform people of the value of, and need for, preserving family and local history for posterity.
- To encourage the formation of local genealogical societies and to coordinate and disseminate information.