About the Foundation

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation was established in December 1999 as an independent foundation with a $225 million endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison.

Our mission is to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat in communities all across Illinois.

Over the past fifteen years, the Foundation has provided financial support for clean energy investments in Illinois through a variety of programs. To date, we have awarded over 4,700 grants providing $226 million to Illinois nonprofit organizations, schools, municipalities and other local and state government agencies.  The grants support activities in every one of Illinois' 102 counties.

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Foundation Staff

Dennis F. O'Brien
Executive Director

Don Ocwieja
Director of Operations

Alice Sarmiento

Jolie Krasinski

Program Officer, Natural Areas

Gabriela Martin

Program Officer, Renewable Energy

Nick Poplawski
Program Analyst

Megan McKitterick 
Program Analyst 

Keyonnie Dowdell
Technology Manager & Grant Administrator

Mikei Jackson
Administrative Assistant