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Thelin Family Endowment Fund

Established 2007

Helen & Calvin Thelin
Helen & Calvin Thelin

This fund was established to support community needs focused on education and the arts.

Helen Thelin is a graduate of Rutgers University. She received her master of arts degree from Northwestern University.

She has served on the boards of directors of AAUW, Girl Scouts – Fox Valley Council, Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Batavia and the Batavia Foundation for Excellence in Education.

Calvin Thelin (1929-2021) was a graduate of Colgate University and the Northwestern University School of Law.

He practiced law for over forty years in Aurora. During the Korean War, he was a staff legal officer in the Navy with the 7th and 5th Fleets.

Mr. Thelin served on the board of directors of Aurora University and was president of the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

The Thelins were members of the Batavia Congregational Church.

…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

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

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

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

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

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