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Donation Opportunities

Central to the future of Columbia, Illinois

The Play Foundation is a charitable donation program sponsored by the City of Columbia to elevate the quality of life in Columbia, Illinois. Quality of life is integral to our future. It affects, perhaps more than any other attribute, the economic, social and emotional well-being of our community. The Play Foundation is committed to ensure that the award-winning qualities of Columbia do not become a gloried past. Quality of life is directly related to opportunity. The Play Foundation aspires to nurture a community thriving in a climate of opportunity; opportunity to enjoy recreation, the arts, culture and personal growth; opportunities available for everyone. Through private donations, we will continue to build upon the foresight of our founding fathers and the innovation of our leaders. Your donations support a vision for new and enhanced opportunities for all citizens. 

Restricted Gifts

You may have a special interest in an area of the City and choose to give a restricted or designated gift whose purpose is to strengthen a particular program, department or capital need. A restricted gift, if approved by the City Council, is used solely for the project(s) that you specify. 

Unrestricted Gifts

An unrestricted gift allows the City to address its areas of greatest need. This type of gift provides the most flexibility when distributed. Such gifts may be combined with other funds to permit the City to initiate major institutional goals. 

Memorial Gifts

A thoughtful way to honor a loved one, friend or colleague is through a memorial gift. Contributions may be made to any area of the City. The individual being honored or family of the deceased individual will be notified of the contribution and a permanent record of such gift will be maintained in the official records of the City. Items available for contribution include:
-Memorial cor Commemorative Bench or Table
-Welcome Center Memorial Paver
-Metter Park Commemorative Brick
-Tree

For more information

If you would like more information on the Columbia Play Foundation, call 618-281-7144 or email sspargo@columbiaillinois.com