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CASA Kane County Grow A Healthy Child Endowment Fund

Established 2010

John C. Dunham
John C. Dunham
 founded by John C. Dunham
The Dunham Fund, founded by John C. Dunham, awarded a grant to CASA Kane County in 2010 to permanently benefit the “Grow A Healthy Child Program.”

The Dunham Foundation, formerly Dunham Fund, a private foundation, was created in 2006 to serve local charitable needs.  The foundation received its funding from the estate of John C. Dunham (1910-2006).

In 2010, the Dunham Fund awarded a challenge grant of up to $500,000 to CASA Kane County for the creation of a permanent fund to support the organization’s Grow A Healthy Child Program. This program will ensure the consistent delivery of quality services to local children.

“The Dunham Fund is pleased to provide this grant to CASA Kane County to preserve the critical services they offer to abused and neglected children. These services are provided entirely by private giving with no governmental support and I applaud the leadership of CASA for recognizing the need to endow their programs for future generations,” commented Stewart Beach, chairman of the Dunham Fund Board of Advisors.

CASA Kane County (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kane County) was established in 1988 to recruit, train and manage volunteers who represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the Kane County Juvenile Court System.

CASA volunteers are appointed to one case at a time and remain on the case until it is closed.  These volunteers help to ensure that a child’s right to a safe and permanent home is acted upon by the court in a timely and sensitive manner.

Today, there are approximately 200 CASA volunteers and twelve pro bono attorneys representing the best interests of abused and neglected children in Kane County Juvenile and Probate Courts each year.  Over 500 children are served annually by the organization.

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

…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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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