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Champaign Parks Foundation

The Champaign Parks Foundation:
Your Opportunity to Leave a Legacy

The mission of the Champaign Parks Foundation is to provide philanthropic support for the Champaign Park District.

Your donations matter. Get information on how you can make an impact here.


What We Do

At the Champaign Parks Foundation, we’re the official sponsor of childhood memories and the keepers of quality sites for family time.  From a picnic in the park to a visit to Prairie Farm, playing tennis at the Dodds Tennis Center to taking a stroll down a beautiful tree-lined path, concerts at the Virginia Theatre to art displays at the Springer Cultural Center, swimming at the Sholem Aquatic Center to day camp at the Douglass Community Center, a trip to the indoor playground at the Leonhard Recreation Center or a game of bridge at the Hays Recreation Center – we sponsor all this and more!

Children On Playground

Help Us Preserve This Legacy for the Future

The Champaign Parks Foundation was created in 2005 to develop philanthropic support for the Champaign Park District, and we need your help to keep our mission alive. Donations to the Foundation and Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship Program will ensure that childhood memories and cherished family experiences will be available to Champaign residents for many years to come. Your tax deductible contribution may be in the form of: land, cash, charitable trusts, stocks or life insurance bequests.  You may designate your gift for specific parks or programs, or offer an unrestricted donation to be used in those areas of greatest need. However you get involved, your donation is a beautiful way to leave a meaningful and lasting legacy.

Ways to Give:

  • Donate Online
    Click here to make your donation!
  • Donate by Mail
    Make checks payable to the Champaign Parks Foundation and mail your tax-deductible contribution to:
    706 Kenwood Road
    Champaign, IL 61821
  • Donate by Phone
    Call (217) 398-2550 and offer your donation over the phone using Visa or Mastercard.
  • Donate by Planned Gift
    Call the Development Director at (217) 819-3839 if you are interested in leaving a legacy through a future gift of insurance or estate planning.
  • Donate Land
    Land donation provides the Park District the opportunity to preserve green space in an ever-growing and expanding community. Click here or the image below to view a presentation on the impact of land donation.

Land Donation Information

Other Ways You Can Help

Support the Champaign Park District’s new Leonhard Recreation Center and see your name cast in stone! As thousands of annual visitors walk up to our exciting new facility, they will see your donated brick with inscription – and what they see is up to you!

LRC donor bricksDedicate your piece of the walkway to someone special, thank a person that made an impact in your life, or make a lasting impression with your name that people will view for years to come. The bricks (available in two sizes) are placed on either side of the entry walkway to ensure they endure many fun seasons at the Leonhard Recreation Center.

The new Leonhard Recreation Center is located on the corner of Sangamon and Kenwood. The 39,000 square foot facility contains a walking track, two gyms, an indoor playground, a workout room, and party and meeting space. Leonhard is home to some of the District’s most popular and beloved programs – and thousands of Champaign families are already annual members! Click here to download and fill out the Donor Brick Form. Please mail or present in-person to the Bresnan Meeting Center, 706 Kenwood Rd., Champaign, IL 61821.

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Can you swing an extra $5 to help another child be able to enjoy the same quality programs you and your family are enjoying? All it takes is this one little gift to make a huge difference in the life of a  child who might not otherwise be able to experience day camps, sports programs, swim or dance instruction or arts programs due to economic hardship.  Simply indicate your donation on your  program registration form when registering your child, or click here to MAKE A DONATION. It’s easy! Donate today to the Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship Program and make a difference in a child’s life!

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 What We’ve Accomplished

Since its inception in 2005 residents, park visitors and friends have demonstrated a huge commitment to the future of the Champaign Park District. With over $3 million dollars donated since the  Foundation was formed, the Park District has been able to accomplish many projects that otherwise would still merely be a vision.  Those projects include the near complete restoration of the historic Virginia Theatre, the addition of a new band shell in West Side Park that replicates the one originally in place in the late 1800’s, thousands of dollars in scholarships dedicated to ensure disadvantaged youth in our community get the same opportunity to participate in quality programs, and much more! Donations are the foundation on which the Park District was built.

Bandstand West Side Park
Virginia Theatre

Help us continue the tradition of excellence. Please, give generously.

To learn more about giving opportunities, please contact: Laura Auteberry, Champaign Park District at 217-819-3839 or at laura.auteberry@champaignparks.com

Board of Directors

AJ Thoma

Arthur (AJ) J. Thoma III

Tom Whooley

Tom F. Whooley
(Vice Chair)

Art Thoma (Secretary)

Arthur J. Thoma, Jr.

Patrick Harrington .

Patrick E. Harrington
(Assistant Secretary)

Donna Lawson (Treasurer)

Donna Lawson

Sally Carter

Sally K. Carter

Emily Corum

Emily M. Corum

Dijon Davis

Dijon Davis

Shira R. Epstein

Shira R. Epstein

Joe DeLuce (CPD Executive Director)

Joe DeLuce
(CPD Executive Director)

Kevin Miller (CPD Board Appointee)

Kevin Miller
(CPD Board Appointee)

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