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Laatz Family Foundation

Established 2007

Ted & Abby Laatz
Ted & Abby Laatz

The Laatz Family Foundation is an advisory fund established by Ted and Abby Laatz. The purpose of the fund is to support both Christian organizations and charitable organizations which contribute to the physical, educational and spiritual well-being of children.

Ted Laatz is a graduate of Marmion Military Academy and Bradley University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. In addition, Mr. Laatz graduated with distinction from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University where he earned a Masters of Business Administration with dual concentrations in both Entrepreneurship and Strategy, Execution & Valuation.

Mr. Laatz is currently the Chief Operations Officer for United Real Estate, a national organization operating company owned brokerages and various franchise operated locations throughout the U.S.

Abby Siegert Laatz, originally from Rock Island, Illinois, graduated from Bradley University with a degree in psychology. She continued her education at the Montessori Education Centers Associated in Hinsdale, Illinois. Mrs. Laatz was a teacher in the Aurora area and created an E-Commerce business and direct sales business in the years following the birth of their children. She now is serving as a volunteer for several organizations.

The Laatz’ have four children – Michael, Charlie, Thomas and Lizzie.

 

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

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

…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

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

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