More about the Foundation


The Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3), classified as a Civic Leagues and Social Welfare Organization. The organization primarily promotes social welfare to benefit the Effingham community. We qualify for exemption under section 501(c)(3), because net earnings will be devoted primarily to charitable and educational purposes. In addition, no part of the organization’s net earnings will benefit any private shareholder or individual.  


The Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation helps those who struggle through adversity in their lives.

This mission is maintained through donations to organizations for programs and scholarships at local schools. The Andrew Gobczynski Big Heart Foundation values, above anything else, supporting those who are facing adversity in our community. We have implemented a heart testing program for all sophomore student-athletes at Teutopolis, Effingham, and St. Anthony schools. This potentially life-saving testing will search for heart anomalies that are not found through regular physicals.


The AGBHF has distributed almost $8,000 to causes in Effingham County.

For the last few years, we have given three $1,000 scholarships to student- athletes at  Effingham H.S.,  Teutopolis H.S., and Effingham St. Anthony H.S. We gave $1,000 Sportsbacker and Booster Club donations to Effingham H.S.,  Teutopolis H.S., and Effingham St. Anthony H.S. We've also donated to the local chapter of Blessings in a Backpack and the Second Annual Fight for the Finish 5K, which helps families in the Effingham community who are battling cancer.