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Donation Opportunities

Effingham Sportsbackers

Through the help and generous contributions of time and dollars from our members, Sportsbackers play an important part in enriching the lives of Student-Athletes by providing “Success Beyond the Game.” Your membership fee helps maintain high standards set both in our facilities and by our coaches and administration.

The Sportbackers program provides grants and funding for numerous camps that benefit many student-athletes and coaches.   Additionally, Sportsbackers cover the cost of the Athletic Banquet to allow the student-athletes to attend at no cost to them.  The Fall and Winter athletic programs are also provided compliments of Sportsbackers and advertisers.

We encourage you to consider becoming a Sportsbacker through membership.  We are also always looking for future board members.  If you have questions about what is involved, or would like to volunteer your time, please reach out to one of our board members.


Unit 40 Mentoring Program

Our goal is to give support to students as well as their parents and caregivers so that our children can be as successful as possible in both school and life. Our program provides strong, supportive, and supervised school-based mentoring relationships, through which children can develop to their fullest potential.

Benefits of Mentoring:

  • Better relationships with peers
  • Improved grades and attendance
  • Increased chances for higher education
  • Better attitude towards school

 Your donation will help us support our students!


Unit 40 Education Foundation
The purpose of Effingham Unit 40 Education Foundation is charitable and educational.  Effingham Unit 40 Education Foundation shall be committed to promoting, enhancing, and assisting in the funding of public education in Effingham Community Unit School District #40 through the receipt and qualified distribution of tax-deductible contributions for the benefit of students enrolled in Effingham Community Unit School District #40. In 2024, over $50,000 in scholarships were awarded to 61 students.
Effingham Imagination Library

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library is a gifting program that mails free, quality books to children from birth to 5, no matter their family's income. Please join us in bringing books into the homes and hands of Effingham, IL children.  As a part of Effingham Imagination Library, children, ages birth to 5, will receive a carefully selected book delivered to their homes.  With the help of Dolly Parton and community partners like you, we can instill the joy of reading in our youth for only $25 per year per child.

100% of your donation goes directly to delivering books to students in our community.