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Aurora University Endowment Fund

Established 2012

Aurora University created this permanent fund within the Community Foundation to support its Arts and Ideas series.

Each year, the series features presentations by respected leaders in the fields of education, business, religion and the arts.

In addition, the series provides musical entertainment, theatrical productions, art and museum exhibits and films.

In 2003, the Community Foundation awarded a $500,000 grant to Aurora University for the renovation of Perry Theatre.

In return, the University named the building that houses Perry Theatre, the Community Foundation Center for Cultural Enrichment.

The University also generously agreed to include the Community Foundation as a co-sponsor of annual symposiums of interest to the public.

These symposiums resulted in the evolution of the broader Arts and Idea series.

Past presenters of the joint symposiums include Dr. Peter Senge, Michael Beschloss, David Brooks, David Gergen, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Martin Marty and Jon Meacham.

The Community Foundation is proud to administer a charitable fund that will ensure the continuation of these cultural opportunities for the citizens of the Fox River Valley.

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

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

…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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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