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Aurora Historical Society Receives $10K Emergency Grant From Community Foundation

For further information:
John Jaros, Executive Director
Aurora Historical Society
(630) 906-0650

A $10,000 emergency grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley will allow the Aurora Historical Society to continue to give the past a future.

The Community Foundation grant will help the Society continue to collect and care for the rich history of the Aurora community and to provide quality exhibits, programs and publications. The gift comes at a time when the Society is challenged by a shortfall in granting dollars.

To better ensure its future, the Historical Society is exploring innovative ways to make history more relevant in our rapidly-changing world. The Historical Society will be seeking to better engage a larger audience with an expanded web presence, the better use of technology, and more collaborative ventures.

To further support the Society’s new focus, the Community Foundation has created the “Aurora Historical Society 21st Century Museum Fund” to accept contributions for the cause. Donations can be made online at or by mail to 111 West Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, Illinois, 60506.

The 100-year-old Historical Society is looking toward the next 100 years–ensuring that Aurora’s history, including the history that is being made today, is preserved for current and future generations.

John Jaros, executive director of the Society, is enthusiastic over the long-term possibilities the new initiative will bring to the community. “Given the state of the economy, this grant could not have come at a better time. We are truly grateful to the Community Foundation for sharing our vision and stepping up to the plate to help us during this critical time in our history,” Jaros said.

The Community Foundation of Fox Valley has long been a generous donor to the Society, most recently underwriting the exterior work at the Tanner Museum. “The Community Foundation has long recognized the importance of the Society’s mission and this latest gift is another example of their commitment to our organization,” said Penny Falcon, president of the Aurora Historical Society.

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

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

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

…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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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