At its annual meeting in Galesburg, Joshua Gibb, Galesburg Community Foundation President & CEO, was elected President of the Alliance of Illinois Community Foundations.
“Josh has been instrumental in leading the Alliance’s advocacy work the past several years and we are thrilled that he is now stepping into the President’s role,” said Amanda Standerfer, Alliance Executive Director. “Josh is passionate about the difference community foundations make in the communities they serve and he will undoubtedly bring that passion to this role.”
The Alliance is a professional, collaborative network of publicly supported community foundations that strengthens and promotes organized philanthropy in the State of Illinois. Collectively, the 35 member foundations steward more than $3.3 billion in assets. Last year, member community foundations distributed more than $270 million in grants.
“Community Foundations are unique in that they serve every geography in our state,” said Gibb. “By providing leadership, I hope to use the good work we do as examples to other community foundations and bring their good ideas back to our region.”
In addition to his election to the Alliance, Gibb was recently elected a trustee of Carl Sandburg College and joined the board of directors of the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development. He is also on the boards of the Western Illinois Regional Council Community Action Agency, OSF Local Advisory Board, and is a member of the Western Illinois Estate Planners.
“Service is important. I have a personal as well as a professional interest in the work of all these organizations,” said Gibb. “Though their work is independent, there is an overlap in their missions. If there’s an awareness of what’s happening across organizations, we’ll be able to work more closely and accomplish more.”
Ken Springer, Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development Executive Director, is looking forward to Gibb’s tenure on his board. “Josh has an excellent vision and he has a really strong working knowledge of what the region needs in order to grow and be successful,” said Springer. “We are very fortunate to have his leadership as part of the Knox County Area Partnership for Economic Development and we’re looking forward to working even closer with Josh over the next few years.”