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Robert H. and Jean A. Goehlen Endowment Fund

Established 1998

Robert and Jean Goehlen
Robert and Jean Goehlen

This fund was created by the family and friends of Robert H. Goehlen to honor his lifetime of service to the community.

Mr. Goehlen (1929-1998) administered several offices for IBM prior to his retirement and he was awarded the Chicago North 1980 Office of the Year Award.

He attended the University of Wisconsin and served in the United States Army.

Mr. Goehlen was a founding member of the Bank of Montgomery and chairman of the board for many years.

He belonged to the Aurora Bowling Association, Aurora Country Club, Aurora Elks Club, IBM’s Quarter Century Club, Review Association, Southwest Suburban Senior Golf League and the United States Trotting Association.

Jean Goehlen was born in Aurora, but grew up in the first brick house in Kane County (Sugar Grove).

She graduated from West Aurora High School (1958) and Lake Forest College (1963).

She then taught school in the primary grades for a number of years in Aurora, Ohio and Indiana. While in Indiana, she organized and directed a Meals on Wheels program.

Mrs. Goehlen has been a member of the Tuesday Garden Club of Aurora, Early American Pressed Glass Club, Child Welfare Society, the United States Trotting Association, Aurora Women’s Bowling Association, and the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame.

This fund, created in 1998, was established as an endowment in 2001. It is a field-of-interest fund devoted to the needs of children.

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

…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

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

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