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

Video Histories

The Community Foundation created a series of videos celebrating the lives of some of our endowment fund donors. By creating these pieces, we recognize their valuable contributions to the Fox River Valley and seek to preserve their family histories for future generations. We hope you enjoy these snapshots of history! 


Aurora, Illinois Industry in the 20th Century
Part I : Construction Equipment Industry


Aurora, Illinois Industry in the 20th Century
Part II : Factory and Office Equipment Industries

To support our ability to continue producing historic videos, visit the Community Foundation Historic Video Project Fund


Aurora Police Department

Learn more about the Aurora Police Department Endowment Fund


Bernard J. Cigrand

Learn more about the Dr. Bernard J. Cigrand Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund


Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Learn more about the funds created by the Community Foundation


Walter E. Deuchler

Learn more about the Walter E. Deuchler Scholarship Endowment Fund


The Dunham Family

Learn more about the John S. Dunham Endowment Fund


Fox Valley Orchestra

Learn more about the Fox Valley Orchestra Endowment Fund


Howard E. Gillette

Learn more about the Howard E. Gillette Scholarship Endowment Fund


Virgil L. Gilman

To make a donation in memory of Virgil L. Gilman, visit the Community Foundation Memorial Endowment Fund


Hermann and Rita Golter

Learn more about the Hermann & Rita Golter Scholarship Fund


William B. Greene

Learn more about the Greene Family Forest Preserve Endowment Fund


Hipp Family

Learn more about the Urban & Margaret Hipp Family Endowment Fund


Eleanor C. Hungar

Learn about other influential West Aurora educators by reading A History of West Aurora School District 129


Juvenile Protective Association

To support our ability to continue producing historic videos, visit the Community Foundation Historic Video Project Fund


Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Illinois

Learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Aurora, Illinois Endowment Fund


 Don & Marie Marzuki

Learn more about the Don & Marie Marzuki Family Foundation


 Leon M. McNair


New England Congregational Church

Learn more about the New England Congregational Church Designated Endowment Fund


Paramount Theatre

Learn more about the Paramount Arts Centre Endowment Fund

Charlotte T. Reid

Learn more about the Charlotte T. Reid Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund


Edna M. Rollins

Learn more about the Edna M. Rollins Endowment Fund

The Story of St. Charles Part I: A Country Town

The Story of St. Charles Part II: Building A City

The Story of St. Charles Part III: The Gates-Baker-Norris Era

The Story of St. Charles Part IV: Education

The Story of St. Charles Part V: Leisure, Recreation and Parks


Ruth Wagner

Learn more about the Armbruster-Dieterich-Wagner Family Scholarship Endowment Fund


West Aurora Schools

Learn more about the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools Funds.


Judith Ann Whinfrey

Learn more about the Judy Whinfrey Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund


Marian Winteringham

Learn more about the Winteringham Family Permanent Endowment Fund


Woman’s Club of Aurora

Learn more about the Woman’s Club of Aurora Advisory Endowment 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

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

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

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