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Mission, Vision & Values

Connecting people who care with causes that matter.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens to enhance and support the quality of life in the Fox River Valley, Illinois.

We are a tax-exempt public charity that allows individuals, businesses, and other non-profit organizations to establish permanent endowments and temporary funds within the confines of one large foundation.

Foundation funds are used to provide grants to non-profit organizations and scholarships to area students. The Foundation also hosts a program called Youth Engagement in Philanthropy (YEP) to help high school students learn more about philanthropy and empower them to make a difference in the community now.

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley serves the City of Aurora, Kane County, and Kendall County within the State of Illinois.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide effective and rewarding ways for donors to fulfill their philanthropic objectives.

Vision Statement

The Community Foundation’s vision is to be recognized as a trusted philanthropic leader in the communities we serve through the delivery of the highest quality donor services, customized and unique grant and scholarship programs, and bold initiatives to address community needs.

Our Values

Collaboration: We collaborate with and seek opportunities to partner with others in our community to meet common goals.

Engagement: We engage with empathy and compassion to create an environment in which everyone is welcomed, respected, supported, valued, and has opportunities to fully participate.

Inclusion: We include the voices, views, and perspectives of all individuals recognizing that diversity and inclusion strengthens innovation, creativity, higher performance, and community engagement.

Education: We educate our current and future donors about the ongoing needs of our diverse Fox Valley community and encourage lifelong philanthropy.

Communication: We communicate effectively by listening intently and maintaining transparency with our words and actions.

Service Area

The Community Foundation’s service area includes the City of Aurora, Kane County, and Kendall County within the State of Illinois.  Please contact our office for further information.



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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

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

…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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