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Community Foundation Awards $200,000 In Grants

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has awarded more than $200,000 to local non-profit organizations.

The grants will support capital projects that will help the organizations improve their services.

Grants awarded include:

• $25,000 to the Association for Individual Development for the renovation of a new group home in Geneva for adults with developmental disabilities.

• $17,875 to Breaking Free of Aurora for a new electronic record-keeping software program that will improve client services and increase efficiency.

• $4,080 to Community Career Center of Naperville for conference tables and chairs to serve the growing number of clients seeking employment services.

• $20,000 to the Robert Crown Center for Health Education for portable visual family life education exhibits for the organization’s Aurora Campus on College Avenue.

• $20,000 to Equine Dreams of Newark for the fencing of property for the safety of disabled children and adults participating in therapeutic horseback riding programs.

• $10,000 to the Gateway Foundation for furniture at the Aurora residential facility that provides treatment services to residents suffering from substance abuse and addictions.

• $10,000 to the Joseph Corporation of Aurora for computer equipment that will support the organization’s housing services to low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

• $20,000 to the Northern Illinois Food Bank of St. Charles toward the construction of the organization’s new facility in Geneva.

• $10,165 to Provena McAuley Manor of Aurora toward renovations of the dining facility.

• $50,000 to Provena Mercy Medical Center Foundation for new equipment for the hospital’s cardiac catheterization labs.

• $4,000 to Rebuilding Together Aurora for construction materials to assist the organization in making repairs to the homes of low-income people in Aurora.

• $15,000 to the TriCity Family Services in Geneva for remodeling expenses to increase client and staff safety.

• $2,500 to Youth Outlook of Naperville for computer equipment to assist the counseling agency for youth living in Batavia and Geneva.

The next deadline for receipt of grant applications is Aug. 3. Local non-profit organizations may access the grant application online at

For information on the fall 2009 grant program, contact Sharon Stredde, foundation president, at (630) 896-7800 or at

The Community Foundation — the former Aurora Foundation — distributes grants and scholarships in the Aurora area, southern Kane County and Kendall County.

…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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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