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Julie Christman Named President & CEO of CFFRV

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley Board of Directors is pleased to introduce Julie Christman as its third president and CEO. Christman, who previously served as CFFRV’s vice president of community involvement and partnerships, assumed the role after a unanimous board vote earlier in the week.
Christman joined the CFFRV team in 2015. Over the last five years, she managed the scholarship, grantmaking, and communications of the organization; developed the Youth Engagement in Philanthropy program; represented the Foundation in the community on various committees and task forces; and assisted individuals and groups in developing funds at the Foundation to meet their philanthropic objectives. In March 2019, she received a Woman of Power Award from the Quad County Urban League.
Prior to her work at CFFRV, Christman was employed at the Illinois Math and Science Academy. As IMSA’s foundation and corporate relations manager, she managed grants and built relationships with corporate and foundation partners. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Aurora University.
CFFRV closed out 2019 with more than $100 million in assets, a milestone for the organization. John Diederich, CFFRV’s Board chairman and president and CEO of Rush Copley Medical Center, is excited to celebrate this next milestone as Christman continues to promote the organization’s values of service, partnerships and community engagement, visibility, and growth.
“Throughout each step of the presidential search process, Julie kept rising to the top as someone who excels at forming meaningful connections in our community,” said Diederich. “This was definitely a position well-earned and Julie is ready to lead us.”
As president and CEO, Christman will plan, organize, and exercise control over all operations of CFFRV. This will include acting as steward of the CFFRV; demonstrating strategic leadership; and overseeing the organization’s management, operations, and communications. Christman holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from St. Louis University and Washington University in St. Louis, respectively.
Christman has treasured the relationships she has built with constituents over the years and looks forward to furthering the organization’s mission and vision in her new role.
“It truly is an honor to lead this great organization.” Christman said. “It is a privilege to serve this Board of Directors and our longstanding donors who have and continue to support the Foundation with their time, talent, and treasure, and with a team that is dedicated and committed to our mission. We will do wonderful things together.”

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

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

…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

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