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Creative Placemaking Fund

Established 2019

Activate the Alley

In honor of our 10-Year Anniversary, Water Street Studios is partnering local artists with 10 local nonprofits to create outdoor, public art murals that illustrate the programs and services that the nonprofit offers back to the community. These murals will be on display in the alley leading up to the entrance of Water Street Studios.




Participating Nonprofits:


Association for Individual Development (AID)

To empower people with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose.


Batavia Park District 

Committed to providing fun, safe and innovative open space and recreational opportunities that will enrich the quality of life for our residents.


CASA Kane County

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the Juvenile Court system.


Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center

The goal of the Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center (FVEC) is to provide critical support to local companies to help them create jobs, expand their business and grow revenue.


Fox Valley Food for Health

Fox Valley Food For Health’s mission is to promote a nutrition-focused community through teen education and serving those struggling with a health crisis.


Fox Valley Patriotic Organization

The Fox Valley Patriotic Organization (FVPO) has set out on an impressive plan to create a national monument to celebrate the symbol of our great nation, the United States Flag.


Fox Valley Special Recreation Association 

To provide a diverse range of year round recreational activities to enable residents with disabilities to experience active, healthy and playful lifestyles.


Mutual Ground

To provide education, awareness, and life-changing services that empower individuals, families, and communities to end the cycle of domestic and sexual violence.


Suicide Prevention Services

Suicide Prevention Services was founded on May 29, 1998. Our mission is to open minds, save lives and restore hope through prevention, intervention and postvention, using education, advocacy and collaboration.


TriCity Family Services

TriCity Family Services is a private, not-for-profit human service agency serving the community members and organizations of Central Kane County. The agency is dedicated to strengthening people and building community through the provision of quality, affordable counseling, youth crisis intervention, prevention, and early intervention services that promote sound mental health and effective family functioning.



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

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

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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