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2022 Youth Engagement in Philanthropy Grantees

The following agencies have been awarded a grant from the Youth Engagement in Philanthropy (YEP) Program.

CASA Kane County: Their mission is to advocate for the best interests of children in abuse, neglect and private guardianship cases within the Juvenile Court system.
They are receiving funding to provide gift cards, suitcases and incidentals for children.

Equine Dreams, Inc.: Their mission is to improve independence and quality of life for individuals living with special needs
They are receiving funding for a circular training pen to be used for youth therapy riding.

Hesed House: Their mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, and give people the chance to hope again.
They are receiving funding for their move out assistance program for children and youth.

Marquee Youth Stage: Their mission is to broaden the reach and impact of theatre so that students of all abilities, ethnicities, skills and economic backgrounds may benefit.
They are receiving funding for their Project Reach: Leadership in Arts Program for youth.

The Conservation Foundation: Their mission is to preserve open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds and promote stewardship of our environment.
They are receiving funding for their pollinator garden for youth programs.

TriCity Family Services: Their mission is to provide quality mental health services that are accessible and affordable. We support, encourage, validate, and respect all.
They are receiving funding for their eating disorders program for youth.

YMCA Safe n’ Sound:  Their mission is to develop strong children, families and communities through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, and fitness and healthy living.
They are receiving funding for their Safe n’ Sound Aurora program for youth.

…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

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

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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