John Stremsterfer ’96
Majored in political science
CEO, Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln
John oversees the development, expansion and leadership activities of the organization that seeks to increase philanthropy and impact the quality of life in Central Illinois.
“Illinois College was the perfect environment to prepare me for my career in public service and philanthropy, explains Stremsterfer. “The ample opportunities Illinois College offered for students to get involved in a variety of groups and activities was a fantastic training ground for the community work I engage in on an ongoing basis.”
The political science major was a participant in the American Memorial Marshall Fellowship, a trans-Atlantic exchange program for future European and American leaders, through the German Marshall Fund. In 2012 he was among the inaugural class of the Edgar Fellows, a fellowship focusing on the requirements and responsibilities of leadership and governing for emerging leaders across Illinois.
Stremsterfer was the 2007 recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award of the Springfield chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and in 2008 was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal with the Business Ethics Not-For-Profit award. In 2012 he received the Rail-Splitter Public Service Award from the Central Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Public Administration.
“Being that so much of the success of Illinois College has been due to the generosity of its donors, IC gave me a keen appreciation for how philanthropy can positively affect people’s lives. I was a direct beneficiary of scholarship support, travel money to attend conferences and other opportunities which I know were made possible because of the giving spirit of other people.”