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Edward & Sharon Stredde Endowment Fund

Established 1993

Edward Stredde
Edward Stredde
Sharon Stredde
Sharon Stredde

This fund provides income for the Community Foundation’s discretionary grantmaking program. Originally created in 1993, the fund was established as an endowment in 1998.

Edward Stredde was associated with Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies for thirty-seven years.

He retired from Lucent Technologies in 2004 where he served as vice-president of international technical support.

Mr. Stredde was a board member of the Family Support Center and the Girl Scouts – Fox Valley Council. He currently volunteers for Boy Scout Troop #3, sponsored by New England Congregational Church of Aurora.

Sharon Stredde was president and chief executive officer of the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley for thirty years (1985-2015).

She is a former member of the Board of Education for School District 129 and has served on the boards of the Aurora University Citizens Advisory Council, New England Congregational Church of Aurora, Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation Advisory Board and YWCA Aurora.

Mrs. Stredde was named 2007 Professional Grant Maker of the Year by the West Suburban Philanthropic Network.

In 2010, she received the Lyle E. Oncken Community Services Award from the Mental Health & Mental Retardation Services, Inc. organization.

In 2015, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Aurora University.

Mr. and Mrs. Stredde are graduates of the University of Illinois and have one son Robert Stredde.

They are members of New England Congregational Church, and are life members of the Aurora Historical Society and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.

…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

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

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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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