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Ralph C. Putnam Fund

Established 2009

Ralph C. Putnam
Ralph C. Putnam

The Ralph C. Putnam Fund was established upon the receipt of a bequest from Mr. Putnam’s estate.

The net income of the fund is distributed on an annual basis to St. David’s Episcopal Church of Aurora.

Ralph C. Putnam, Jr., a former director and administrator of the Community Foundation, died at his home in Aurora on September 9, 2009.  He was 94 years of age.

Mr. Putnam (1915-2009) served from 1962-1990 on our board of directors and was administrator from 1962-1982.

He was born in a house on Downer Place on June 5, 1915.  He attended Greenman Elementary School, was in the first graduating class of Freeman Elementary School and graduated from West Aurora High School.  He concluded his education at Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

He began his career as an attorney in Chicago and later became a member of an Aurora law firm created by his father Ralph C. Putnam, Sr. and Benjamin P. Alschuler, Sr.

In 1946, he married Jean Rita Larson of Aurora. She died in 1997.

Mr. Putnam was active in various civic clubs and charitable organizations.  He was the last surviving founding member of St. David’s Episcopal Church of Aurora.

Attorney Putnam set a high standard for the Community Foundation in his rigorous and faithful interpretation of the law.  His influence and good judgment continue to impact our organization to this day.

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

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

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

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

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