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Community Foundation Week Promotes Local Support

Dear Editor,

The season of giving is a time to reflect on the great needs that persist in our communities and our determination to be a part of their solution. That is an important part of our work at the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

Too many of our young people do not graduate from high school or college ready to succeed in today’s high-tech, rapidly changing world. Too many mothers and fathers struggle to get the training they need to secure a job that supports their families. Too may people are homeless or cannot gain access to critical community services because of limited resources.

This is why we have chosen to invest more than $8 million in scholarships and nearly $27 million in grants since our founding in 1948 for the benefit of local families in the areas of education, health care and social services.

At a time when government help for our most pressing problems has been reduced, foundation grantmaking offers a timely complement to the resources that remain.

Friday through Thursday marks Community Foundation Week in America, which is observed to raise awareness about the increasingly important role of these more than 700 philanthropic organizations that are dedicated to the well-being of their communities.

As your local community foundation, we are proud of the role we have played in the Fox River Valley for more than 60 years to find new and innovative ways to improve the lives of our neighbors in need.

We take our responsibility very seriously and are determined more than ever to strengthen our commitment to work toward a better quality of life for all.

Robert P. Hubbard, Chairman of the board
Neal Ormond III, Vice-chairman of the board
Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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

…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

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

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

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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