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Aurora East Educational Foundation Fund

Established 2019

The Aurora East Educational Foundation Fund provides support to the Aurora East Educational Foundation and District 131.


Tuesday, November 29, 2022

5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Spartan House – 1032 Prairie St. Aurora, IL 60506

Free Admittance & Free Appetizers – Raffle Prizes – 50/50 Drawing and More!


The AEEF will once again be participating in the National Day of Giving, also known as Giving Tuesday, which is scheduled annually on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This 24-Hour Fundraising Event raised over $2.5B throughout the entire nation last year. Help us Celebrate Education in Aurora and join us in person if you are able on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, for an evening of food, drink, and fellowship. Entry and food are free, and by hosting our annual Giving Tuesday event, we hope to bring awareness to our Foundation and raise funds for our students and staff on the East Side.

Over the last seven years, the AEEF has been able to provide over $320,000 in Scholarships for Students and Mini-Grants for Teachers w/in EASD 131 and assisted D131 in securing over $1,241,000 in grant funds. The mini-grant award program has been well received by teachers and staff throughout the entire district, and the scholarship program has grown dramatically on an annual basis.

A record number of 32 scholarships totaling $56,000 were awarded to deserving EA Grads in the Spring of 2022. The 3 tiers of the AEEF Scholarship Program comprise: Students Pursuing a Degree in Education, High Achieving Students who have Excelled Academically throughout their High School Career, and Students Pursuing a path w/in a Career and Technical Education field of study.

**Naming rights are available for the 2023 AEEF Scholarships with donations of $1,000 or more. The scholarship can be named In Honor of a family member, favorite teacher, or individual donor. Please spread the word. Any size donation is welcome.

Donations can be made DIRECTLY to AEEF via this link or by check to:


310 Seminary Ave

Aurora, IL 6050

The Giving Tuesday Annual Campaign will close by 12/31/22.


Help us Raise Funds on Giving Tuesday:

a. Any sized donation is welcome

b. Donations of $1,000 or more will have 1 Year Naming Rights

c. Ask your Company for a Matching Grant

d. Make a Donation online or via check

e. Spread the Word to your Friends and Family

f. For additional info, contact:


Please feel free to spread the word about the AEEF and our Giving Tuesday campaign. We are a grassroots organization that, through the leadership of the Volunteer AEEF Board, is having a positive impact on young people’s lives on the East Side of Aurora. Your participation is appreciated and critical to the success of the AEEF’s mission. THANK YOU VERY MUCH for assisting us with these efforts!!! Go EAST!

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

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

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

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