Lessons Learned

Director of Communications, Karlie Elliott Bowman reflects on her 6 years working at Galesburg Community Foundation and what she’s learned.

Director of Communications, Karlie Elliott Bowman reflects on 6 years working at Galesburg Community Foundation. Here’s what she shared-

“I didn’t know much about what a Community Foundation was or did before starting, let alone much about nonprofits. Here are the top 6 things I’ve learned so far:

  1. Philanthropy.
    Generosity is alive and well in Knox and Warren Counties. It comes to life in a variety of ways—formal and informal and it is truly making a difference in the lives of others.
  2.  Nonprofits.
    We have incredible nonprofits that are providing amazing services and programs here. They are professional, impactful, exciting, fun and focused on making a difference. From health services to the arts, to education—you have a need or desire—it can likely be fulfilled by one of our local nonprofits.
  3. Leadership.
    We are living in an area filled with incredible leaders. Some are more mature, some are super young, some with mind-boggling experiences and others are just getting started. It’s exciting. It’s refreshing. There’s always more to learn thanks to these individuals who are willing to share.
  4. Rural Living.
    Our rural communities are vibrant. They are alive and filled with goodness for the future. Sure, it’s not going to be a smooth ride all the time, but the possibilities are ours for the taking.
  5. Collaboration.
    Collaboration is key. There are so many great examples of people and organizations coming together and working together to do more, get more and make more of what they have to deliver more to the people they serve.
  6. Celebrate Success.
    Setting aside time to celebrate our successes is often overlooked. The title “party planner” should be taken very seriously—because if you don’t take time to celebrate accomplishments no one will. When we recognize and acknowledge our accomplishments we also stop to reflect on the journey that leads us to success.”


The new site of the FISH of Galesburg food pantry at the corner of Henderson and Main Streents.

A new home: FISH of Galesburg gets a facility upgrade

FISH of Galesburg has moved to its new home on Main Street.

Ribbon-cutting of the new River Bend Food Bank, Galesburg Branch and FISH of Galesburg food pantry

Celebrating our largest Mission Impact Investment: River Bend Food Bank, Galesburg Branch and FISH of Galesburg food pantry

The region celebrated the new home of River Bend Food Bank, Galesburg Branch and FISH of Galesburg food pantry with a public open house and ribbon-cutting on November 15.

Exterior of River Bend Food Bank - Galesburg Branch

New River Bend Food Bank Regional Hub and FISH Food Pantry to open with public ribbon-cutting celebration

Galesburg Community Foundation Mission Impact Investment boasts more resources, increased food access for families in need in Knox County and surrounding areas

In the new cooler space ae, from left, Lions Club Teasurer Dave Pearson, River bend Food Bank Galesburg Branch Site Director Aaron Baron, Galesburg Community Foundation President & CEO Josh Gibb, FISH of Galesburg President Diane Copeland, Lions Club Past President Kim Norton, and FISH of Galesburg Executive Director Elizabeth Culbertson.

Coming together to combat hunger: Lions Club leverages international investment for regional impact

It was during COVID-19 that the extent of food insecurity in the region became clear to the Galesburg Lions Club.

L to R: Galesburg Community Foundation Board President John McClean, Galesburg Public Library Foundation Executive Director Heather Sipes, Galesburg Community Foundation President & CEO Josh Gibb, and Galesburg Library Director Noelle Thompson.

New Galesburg Public Library Receives More Than $1 Million Through Match Grant

In just nine months, more than $1 million was raised for Galesburg’s new library through a match grant challenge by the Galesburg Community Foundation to the Galesburg Public Library Foundation.

Jordan Holcomb

Meet the New Assistant Manager at Community Treasures

Jordan Holcomb brings a love for customer service to his role as the assistant manager at Community Treasures, a trendy, philanthropic thrift shop.