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$1.5 billion bequest left to Salvation Army to fund community centers     Send a link to a friend

[FEB. 28, 2004]  The central Illinois chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will host a program on the impact of philanthropist Joan Kroc, the Salvation Army Kroc Center in San Diego and the Kroc bequest. Maj. Merle Heatwole, divisional commander for the Salvation Army Heartland Division, will speak at the chapterís program on March 11. Central Illinois fund-raisers and development staff are encouraged to attend.

In a demonstration of her trust in the Salvation Army as an organization and in its ministry, philanthropist Joan B. Kroc bequeathed to it her entire residual estate, totaling in excess of $1.5 billion.

The bequest is tightly restricted to the specific development throughout the nation of community centers similar to that designed and operated at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in San Diego. This flagship model, which has been in operation for 18 months, was created through an earlier gift of $90 million by Kroc. The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center now has a membership of 6,200 individuals of all ages, from infants in child care to seniors in the exercise pool. A wide range of programs at the center lead to physical, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual growth and form a set of core values that foster good citizenship, positive self-esteem, high achievement and spiritual enlightenment.

The March 11 meeting will include a luncheon catered by Famous Dave's. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m., with lunch following at 11:45 a.m. and the program at noon. Cost is $15 for members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and $20 for guests. Reservations can be made by contacting Rachel Edwards at (309) 687-7206 or by March 5.


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The program will be at the downtown Peoria Salvation Army headquarters, 401 N.E. Adams St., in the second floor Kennedy Room. Parking is behind the building, down the alley, along Spalding Avenue and in the lot of the Labor Temple.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals is a professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit, charitable organizations. Founded in 1960, the association, which was formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives, advances philanthropy through its more than 26,000 members in 174 chapters throughout the world.

[News release]

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