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Director Insights

anderson_cris“I have been a director of the Community Foundation for five years. Prior to joining the board, my husband and I created a charitable fund within the Foundation to support local nonprofit organizations. I was honored to be asked to serve as a director of an organization we have supported for so many years. And, I continue to enjoy my role in directing its future development as one of the most respected philanthropic vehicles in the Fox River Valley.”

– Cris Anderson, Director

Dempsey_Austin (2)“As a lifelong resident of the Fox Valley and a firm believer in the power each of us has to enact positive change in the world, I was thrilled to join the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.  I appreciate the Foundation’s perspective of giving back over $50 million in grants and scholarships to the local communities over its history.  To be part of an organization that has enriched the community and has such an extensive scholarship program is something I am really proud of.”

-Austin Dempsey, Director

diederich_john“I chose to be a director with the CFFRV for a specific reason: I have a passion to assist young students in fulfilling their professional dreams. My first exposure to the Community Foundation was during my term as the Foundation Chairman of the Aurora Kiwanis Club in the early 2000s. I worked closely with the Foundation in managing our Kiwanis scholarships and she was always so professional. When Bill Skoglund reached out to me to consider a board seat 10 years later – it was an easy decision.  I’m always inspired by the number of CFFRV scholarships that have been established for the students of our community. And I’m proud to be associated with such a great foundation.”

-John Diederich, Vice Chairman

fabian_pat“After being given the opportunity to volunteer for the Foundation as a scholarship interviewer, I developed a deep respect for the philosophy and practices of the Foundation. I was honored to be offered a seat on the board of directors of such an esteemed organization.”

-Pat Fabian, Director

navota_kathy“When I was working, I found I did not have time to do volunteer work. So, when I retired, I wanted to give back to the community I have lived in for over fifty years. As a board member of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, I enjoy being on the Distribution Committee which awards grants to non-profit organizations in our area. Being on this board has been a very rewarding experience. The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley helps many individuals and organizations in our area.”

-Kathy Navota, Director

Reuland_Timothy“The Community Foundation provides people in our local communities with the opportunity to be generous to one another and, in many different ways, to bring out the best in ourselves.  I am happy to be a part of that project.”

-Tim Reuland, Director

skoglund_william“I am proud of the Community Foundation because of the many scholarships and grants that have been given throughout the community over the years. Unlike some organizations that have huge administrative costs, the Foundation is very efficient and very well run. No part of any donation is used for administrative expenses. This means that all contributions to the Community Foundation fulfill charitable purposes.”

-Bill Skoglund, Treasurer

“I chose to join the board of the Community Foundation because I wanted to be a part of a trusted philanthropic leader in our community.  Through its dedicated staff, the Foundation strives to meet the charitable wishes of its donors by developing customized grant and scholarship programs to meet each donor’s needs.  This work has allowed the Foundation to award over $50 million dollars in grants and scholarships over the last 66 years.  I want to play a role in helping this Foundation continue to grow and give back to the communities it serves.”

-Mark Truemper, Chairman

2acddfd“I am excited to be a Board Member of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.  For many decades, the Foundation has been a respected and trusted foundation partner in the community.  The organization is fiscally responsible, conservative and transparent.  The Community Foundation solicits philanthropic, private donations that it in turn uses to advance and better the local community.  This model of local donors supporting local non-profits, students and organizations is uplifting and noble.  I am happy to volunteer my time and financially support such an important part of our community.”

-Scott Voris, Director

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

…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

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

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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