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Don & Betty Brownson Endowment Fund

Established 2013

Betty & Don Brownson
Betty & Don Brownson

This fund supports the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools and the Aurora East Educational Foundation.

Don Brownson (1927-2017) was born in Roselle, Illinois. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School and the Northwestern University School of Commerce.

Betty Brownson was born in Plattville, Illinois. She is a graduate of Newark High School and National Louis University.

Mr. and Mrs. Brownson were married in 1950. They then started a wholesale lumber business in Aurora.

Later, they purchased two retail lumber yards in Colorado (Breckenridge Building Center in 1970 and Edwards Building Center in 1978).

Mr. Brownson continued to be active in both businesses.

Mrs. Brownson is an active member of New England Congregational Church in Aurora and First United Methodist Church in Naples, Florida.

She has been a member of the board of directors at Sunnymere in Aurora for twenty-seven years. She also has served as a board member of the Child Welfare Society and is an active member of PEO in Aurora and Naples.

Mr. Brownson was a member of New England Congregational Church and First United Methodist Church. He volunteered for Habitat For Humanity in Naples.

The couple had three children and seven grandchildren.


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

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

…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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