The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation (SRCCF) was founded October 1, 2015 as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization as designated by the IRS and the state of Illinois.
Pamela Beckett, along with her husband, Chuck Beckett, founded and provided the initial funding for the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation.
“To create a community foundation for our region was a dream of mine for many years. During my career in the non-profit field, I experienced first-hand the impact that a community foundation has, and knew that our families, friends, and businesses in Starved Rock Country deserved such an organization.“
Pamela’s career in Philanthropy spans the past 26 years, following an 18-year career with Metropolitan Life as the Supervisor of Consumer Affairs in the Naperville-Aurora office. In 1994, she joined the Easter Seals organization in Peoria and accepted the position of President/CEO of Easter Seals of LaSalle and Bureau Counties in Ottawa in 2003. Under her guidance, the organization returned to a profitable position, expanded services to Seneca, Peru, and Princeton, and created the first regional Autism Resource Center and mobile Autism Resource Center. In 2009, Pamela accepted the position of Regional Foundation Director with Lutheran Life Communities, the parent organization to Pleasant View Retirement Community in Ottawa and Luther Oaks in Bloomington, to create a Foundation presence at each campus. She retired in June 2015, and in October of the same year, opened the doors of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation. Upon her retirement in 2021, Pamela was elected to the Board of Directors and currently serves as a board member and Advisor to the SRCCF.
"We are truly blessed to have enjoyed such meaningful partnerships and friendships with our outstanding Board of Directors, donors, staff, and volunteers. The SRCCF is about to celebrate our seventh anniversary, having secured charitable investments in Starved Rock Country in excess of $3.7M; created seventy-six different charitable funds; and returned more than $1.6M to our community in grants, scholarships, and disaster relief. Chuck and I are both proud and humbled by the generosity of the people of Starved Rock Country and are sincerely grateful to all those who have entrusted the Foundation with their charitable contributions, and their faith in our mission.”