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Here’s What You Missed From Our Annual Meeting

 

By the end of the Community Foundation’s 71st Annual Meeting on March 21, sunshine had broken through a day-long cloud cover, in keeping with the numerous organizational breakthroughs celebrated that afternoon.

Inside the Aurora Country Club, staff, current and former Board members, and annual members gathered to revisit 2018 and forecast a successful 2019.

If you weren’t able to attend our Annual Meeting, we’d still like to share a few highlights with you.

Expect to see more community initiatives and funds. As part of our new strategic plan, we’re emphasizing the development of funds to address community-specific needs throughout the Fox River Valley. This allows us to satisfy needs outside our service area while preserving our core.

In 2018, we awarded a record number of scholarships. In 2019, we’ll be a stronger presence at local high school graduation ceremonies. Last year, we awarded 381 students a total of $835,950 in scholarships. To help spread the word about our program and celebrate our amazing scholarship recipients, we will partner with local high schools to recognize recipients as part of their graduation programs.

Our new Communications Plan will make partnering with – and talking about – the Community Foundation much simpler. The plan (which you’ll find soon on our website) includes talking points, infographics, and descriptions of our constituents that clearly depict our services. Visual tools like these will equip you to act as a brand ambassador for the Community Foundation, no matter where you are.

 

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

…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

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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