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Office Closure: The Community Foundation will be closed on Monday, October 10, 2022, in recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

New Fund

New Fund: Aurora Regional Fire Museum Endowment Fund

Originally established in 1966 as the Aurora Fire Museum, the Aurora Regional Fire Museum preserves the history of the Aurora Fire Department and firefighting in the region through our various exhibits, programs, and events. The museum is located in Aurora’s 1894 Central Fire Station in the heart of downtown Aurora. The Aurora Regional Fire Museum Endowment Fund assists the museum in all areas of managing operations. Read more…

New Fund: Dorothy K. Witte Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund

The Dorothy K. Witte Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund honors the memory of Dorothy K. Witte (1912-2008) who taught in East Aurora School District elementary schools for the bulk of her career. She had previously taught briefly in several Lutheran schools prior to having her three children, Elizabeth, Jonathan, and Robert who all graduated from East Aurora High School. Read more…

New Fund: Robert E. Stredde Endowment Fund

The Foundation's first fund for 2022, the Robert E. Stredde Endowment Fund was created earlier this year to provide income for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program. Grants from the fund support the charitable needs of the Community Foundation’s service area, including the fields of health care, education, social services, the arts and the environment. Robert (Rob) Stredde is a 1993 graduate of West Aurora High School.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Aurora University. Read more…

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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

…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

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

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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