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Charles & Josiedell Carnes Endowment Fund

Established 1980

Fowler-Carnes Clothing Specialties
Fowler-Carnes Clothing Specialties

Two endowment funds were created by the board of directors of the Community Foundation to administer an unrestricted bequest received from the estate of Josiedell Carnes in 1980.

The Charles & Josiedell Carnes Endowment Fund supports student scholarships. It was established as an endowment in 1989.

The Josiedell Carnes Endowment Fund provides income for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program.  It was established as an endowment in 1995.

Charles Carnes (1873-1959) was vice-president of Fowler-Carnes Clothing Specialties (pictured in this profile in the early 1900’s).

In 1914, he and his wife Josiedell (1884-1958) founded their own garment manufacturing company, the Charles Carnes Company, on South LaSalle Street in Aurora.

The company moved to Benton Street in 1931 and promoted itself as a manufacturer of men’s clothing specialties. The company closed in 1956.

Mr. and Mrs. Carnes had no children of their own, yet were devoted to causes fostering the education and development of youth.

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

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

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

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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