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Marklund Receives $8K Grant From Community Foundation

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Marklund client using therapeutic stander purchased with grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.
Marklund client using therapeutic stander purchased with grant from the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

Marklund, a not-for-profit organization specializing in the care of children and adults with profound disabilities, received an $8,330 grant from the Community Foundation of Fox River Valley to purchase therapeutic standers for its Mill Creek Campus in Geneva, Illinois.

A therapeutic stander is a piece of equipment that starts in a seated position. It supports an individual’s knees, hips, and sides and has the capability of safely raising the individual into a standing position. This equipment creates a standing opportunity for any individual who can bear weight and provides optimal orthopedic alignment. Standers are used on a daily basis at Marklund.

“We are so grateful for the support of the Community Foundation of Fox River Valley,” said Vicki Krystof, director of corporate and foundation relations at Marklund. “This gift enhances our therapy program with up-to-date equipment that addresses the changing needs of the aging adults we serve.”

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a collection of individual funds and resources given by local citizens to enhance and support the quality of life in the Fox River Valley.  In 2011, the Foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in grants to non-profits.  Additionally, over $720,000 in scholarships was awarded to local students.

Marklund is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that makes everyday life possible for individuals with profound disabilities. Those served by Marklund are able to enjoy a full and meaningful life supported by a compassionate nurturing environment, a strong partnership with the community and an unmatched dedication to personal growth. Marklund annually serves nearly 200 families throughout the greater Chicagoland area. The organization features three sites: the Marklund at Mill Creek campus in Geneva, Marklund Philip Center for Children in Bloomingdale, which includes the Marklund Day School and Life Skills Academy, as well as the Marklund Resale Store in Wood Dale.

For information, visit its website at

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

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

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

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

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

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