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The mission of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is to provide effective and rewarding ways for donors to fulfill their philanthropic objectives.
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The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley provides grants in the following designated charitable categories: education, social services, health care, and arts and humanities.
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Scholarships

Since 1948, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has awarded more than $20 million in scholarships.
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News & Updates

2024 Scholarship Program Award Recipients

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is pleased to announce the award recipients of the 2024 Community Foundation Scholarship Program. Scholarships totaling over $3 million for use during the next four years were recently awarded to 509 area students. The Community Foundation Scholarship Program consists of over 200 separate scholarship funds created by… Read more…

Free Estate Planning Seminar

Join us for this complimentary seminar to learn more about what to consider when creating a personal plan to protect your family’s future. If you have questions, contact Rachel Gundersen, Vice President of Advancement, at 331-208-9423 or via email. Please RSVP by April 20. Visit our event page for more information. Read more…

Tributes & Memorials

In Memoriam: Joy S. Rogerson

Joy S. Rogerson passed away on May 17, 2024. Memorial contributions in Joy's name will be placed in the Messenger Public Library of North Aurora Foundation Fund.    Make a Memorial Contribution From the obituary: Joy Sandell Rogerson, 94, formerly of North Aurora, IL died peacefully on Friday, May 17, 2024 at Barrington Hospice Center.… Read more…

In Memoriam: Joyce R. Schick

Joyce Ruth Schick passed away on March 22, 2024. Memorial contributions in Joyce’s name will be placed in the Robert “Bob” Schick Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund.  Make a Memorial Contribution From the obituary: Joyce Ruth Schick, 93, of Geneva, IL, was called home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on March 22, 2024. She was born… Read more…

In Memoriam: John F. McKee, II

  Make a Memorial Contribution John McKee was passionate about making a difference in the community and giving back. He was actively involved in many organizations throughout his lifetime, including the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley. John was a previous member of the Community Foundation's Board of Directors and served for over 24 years,… Read more…

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Over $3 million awarded in scholarships! Across the Fox Valley region, the Community Foundation provided scholarships to students from 21 area high schools. We were honored to attend 15 area high school senior award nights this year and recognize the scholarship recipients with their certificates. From St. Charles to Newark, we were so impressed with each recipient. This year, 21 out of the 22 local high schools had seniors receive a scholarship from the Community Foundation. Congratulations to the 509 students who received over $3 million in CFFRV scholarships to be used over the next four years. The recipients are listed on our website, along with over 200 scholarship funds that are supported by generous donors. Visit cffrv.org for more information. ... See MoreSee Less

Over $3 million awarded in scholarships! Across the Fox Valley region, the Community Foundation provided scholarships to students from 21 area high schools. We were honored to attend 15 area high school senior award nights this year and recognize the scholarship recipients with their certificates. From St. Charles to Newark, we were so impressed with each recipient. This year, 21 out of the 22 local high schools had seniors receive a scholarship from the Community Foundation. Congratulations to the 509 students who received over $3 million in CFFRV scholarships to be used over the next four years. The recipients are listed on our website, along with over 200 scholarship funds that are supported by generous donors. Visit cffrv.org for more information.

Happy Flag Day! Dr. Bernard Cigrand (1866-1932) is known as the “Father of Flag Day” and was also a well-known local dentist who lived and practiced his profession in Chicago, Batavia, and Aurora. Throughout his dental career, he campaigned tirelessly to have June 14 declared as a special day of observance to honor the United States flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that June 14 would become a national day to celebrate the birth of our flag. We are proud to administer the Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund that awards scholarships in his name. www.cffrv.org/dr-bernard-cigrand-father-of-flag-day/ ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Flag Day! Dr. Bernard Cigrand (1866-1932) is known as the “Father of Flag Day” and was also a well-known local dentist who lived and practiced his profession in Chicago, Batavia, and Aurora. Throughout his dental career, he campaigned tirelessly to have June 14 declared as a special day of observance to honor the United States flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that June 14 would become a national day to celebrate the birth of our flag. We are proud to administer the Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund that awards scholarships in his name. https://www.cffrv.org/dr-bernard-cigrand-father-of-flag-day/

"I am incredibly honored and thankful for your generous support, which will greatly assist me in pursuing my educational and career goals. I look forward to the day when I can give back to the community and help future students achieve their dreams, just as you have helped me," shared Jack Walter, Oswego East High School graduate, and recipient of the 2024 Albert M. Zari scholarship. ... See MoreSee Less

I am incredibly honored and thankful for your generous support, which will greatly assist me in pursuing my educational and career goals. I look forward to the day when I can give back to the community and help future students achieve their dreams, just as you have helped me, shared Jack Walter, Oswego East High School graduate, and recipient of the 2024 Albert M. Zari scholarship.

 

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We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

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