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Melvin & Irene Goldman Endowment Fund for the Arts

Established 1982

Melvin & Irene Goldman
Melvin & Irene Goldman

Melvin and Irene Goldman created this fund to provide grants to organizations located in Aurora, Illinois that are devoted to the arts.

Mr. and Mrs. Goldman owned and operated Globe Lumber Company in Aurora for many years.

Melvin Goldman (1917-2008) was a member of the Aurora Country Club, Temple B’nai Israel and the YMCA.

During WWII, he was a research physicist on Navy projects at Armour Research.

Irene Goldman (1919-2008) served as a director of the Community Foundation from 1985 to 1995.

She lived her entire life in Aurora until moving to Chicago with her husband in the 1990’s.

Mrs. Goldman was an accomplished classical pianist in high school.  Her devotion to the arts continued through her affiliation with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Art Institute.

After her children were raised, she took up bridge and became a life master.

Mrs. Goldman was an active member of Temple B’nai Israel in Aurora of which her mother and father were founding members.

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

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

…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

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

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