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Honoring My Family

Do you remember your grandparents’ names?  Do you remember what they did for a living?  Do you remember your great-grandparents’ names and what they did for a living?

Our memories of loved ones who preceded us by only two or three generations quickly dim. Yet, it does not have to be this way. With a family endowment fund, memories of loved ones will live forever.

Permanent recognition is provided by the Community Foundation for those in whose name an endowment has been established.  The amount available for distribution is carefully established by the Foundation to ensure the preservation and long-term growth of each endowment fund.

Endowments are structured to serve their intended charitable purpose(s) in perpetuity.

Many individuals have provided for the future of their church, a special charity or a favorite charitable cause through the creation of a named endowment fund within the Community Foundation.

Donors creating or contributing to an endowment have the assurance that their gifts will outlast their lifetimes.

The terms governing the administration of an endowment are set forth in a written document at the time the fund is created.  This agreement is legally binding, so you may rest assured that your charitable intentions will be followed.

If you wish to provide ongoing support for several charitable purposes, this can be accomplished through the creation of one endowment fund within the Foundation.

The organizations you wish to support through distributions from your endowment will continue to benefit from your generosity as long as they exist.

Should those organizations dissolve or no longer fulfill charitable purposes, the Foundation has the responsibility to redirect the income from your endowment for similar charitable purposes.  Thus, the original spirit of your gifts will be honored for generations to come.

If you wish to endow your charitable gifts and provide a lasting tribute to your family, please contact the Community Foundation for assistance in creating an endowment fund.

Endowing At The Community Foundation
If you give this amount each year: Your support can go on forever with a gift of:
$400 $10,000
$800 $20,000
$4,000 $100,000
$8,000 $200,000

(Current payout rate is 4% which helps preserve and add long-term value to an endowment fund.)

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

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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