Richard Lumpkin

NET WORTH: Unknown

SOURCE OF WEALTH: Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company (ICTC)

FUNDING AREAS: Environment, Health, Education, Arts

OVERVIEW: The Lumpkin Family Foundation focuses on making long-lasting improvements in the environment, health, education and community access to the arts; it has a special eye toward East Central Illinois. The foundation has a strong web presence and staff.

BACKGROUND: Richard Anthony Lumpkin earned a bachelor's from Yale and an MBA from Harvard University. He took over the reins of Illinois Consolidated Telephone Company (ICTC), which was founded in 1894 by his great-grandfather. The company is now called Consolidated Communications, based in Mattoon, Illinois.

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LUMPKIN FAMILY FOUNDATION: The Lumpkin Family Foundation supports “people pursuing innovation and long-lasting improvements in the environment, health, education and community access to the arts.” The foundation spends at least 50 percent of the its annual grantmaking budget on projects in East Central Illinois. As Lumpkin said,  “I envision Central Illinois with strong community institutions, a vibrant nonprofit sector and access to first-rate education at all levels. Basically, a great place to raise a family and make a home.”

A few years ago, the foundation refined its theme under the umbrella of “Land, Health, and Community.” The Lumpkin Foundation has a vision for community health that includes a physically active community that values healthy eating.

It is a founder of Fresh Taste Initiative, an initiative “by 12 Chicago-region foundations working together to relocalize the Chicago foodshed and improve equity of access to good food.” Lumpkin supports regional organizations taking in the local healthy food movement, including healthy eating, economic development and sustainable practices.

The foundation is interested particularly in Coles County and issues around healthy eating and environmental conservation. Lumpkin runs the Next Generation Education Fund, which has focused lately on education enrichment in Chicago.

Recent grantees include Champaign County Forest Preserve, Illinois Environmental Council, Prairie Rivers Network, Edgar County Community Foundation, and Illinois Stewardship Alliance.

LOOKING FORWARD: Expect Lumpkin’s regional focus and interests to continue.

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