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Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund

Established 2000

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson
Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson

The Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund was created by Cris and Tom Anderson of St. Charles to support the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program.  Established in 2000, it became an endowment in 2009.

Cristina Anderson was born and raised in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul and a Master of Science degree in physical education from Brigham Young University. Mrs. Anderson coached high school volleyball in Brazil and Utah and taught physical education for five years. She also served as an interpreter for McDonalds Hamburger University in Oakbrook and the Food Marketing Institute National Convention in Chicago. Mrs. Anderson is past president of the Pottawatomie Garden Club, St. Charles High School Parent Teacher Association and Delnor Hospital Auxiliary. She also is a past board member of the American Association of University Women, St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, TriCity Family Services and Zonta Club. Honors include Outstanding Young Woman of America – AAUW and William D. Barth Award for Human Services from TriCity Family Services. In 1985, Mrs. Anderson convened the first Neighborhood Watch meeting at her home in St. Charles. This organization now has become an important part of the community. She also served as a director of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Thomas Anderson has been a partner and owner of Colonial Ice Cream since 1964. Colonial Ice Cream is family owned and his partner for thirty years was his father. His son Clinton now is a partner in the business. Mr. Anderson attended St. Charles schools and is a graduate of St. Charles High School in 1960. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Augustana College. His community involvement has included board membership of Baker Community House, Boy Scouts Three Fires Council, Delnor Hospital, Elgin Community College Foundation and United Way of St. Charles. He also is a member of St. Charles Kiwanis Club, past president of the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Pride of the Fox Riverfest and member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Awards include 1991 Charlemagne Award for outstanding service to the St. Charles community, Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America and Distinguished Alumni of St. Charles High School.

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

…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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

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