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James & Katherine Navota Endowment Fund

Established 2010

Katherine & James Navota
Katherine & James Navota

This fund provides income for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program.

James Navota was born and raised in Aurora, graduating from East Aurora High School in 1960.

He attended the University of Denver, Valparaiso University and graduated with honors from Northern Illinois University with a degree in business administration in 1964.

He joined Barber Greene Company in 1965 following active duty in the United States Army Reserve. He served in many marketing and sales positions during his twenty-three years, leaving the company in 1987 as director of sales, construction machinery.

For the following two years, Mr. Navota was with the Old Second National Bank as a trust officer, employee benefits.

In June 1989, he joined Lyon Work Space Products holding various positions in marketing and sales, retiring as vice-president, sales and marketing for Sycamore Systems in 2006.

He has served on many industry boards and committees throughout his career.

After graduating from Marycrest College in 1964, Katherine (Kathy) Navota moved to Aurora to teach.

She was a classroom teacher, a reading resource teacher, the district Title I grant coordinator, the district reading/language arts coordinator and principal of Rose E. Krug Elementary School from 1993 until her retirement in 2006.

Mrs. Navota received her master of education degree in educational leadership from National Lewis University in 1991.

She is active in the Aurora Area Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma educational sorority and DD Chapter of PEO Sisterhood. She also served on the board of directors of the Community Foundation from 2007 to 2016.

Mr. and Mrs. Navota were married in April 1967 and have two sons Jonathan and Jason.

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

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

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

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

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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