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Jacques & Charlotte Toussaint Endowment Fund

Established 2013

Jacques & Charlotte Toussaint
Jacques & Charlotte Toussaint

This fund, which provides income for the general grant making program of the Community Foundation, was created to honor the lives of Jacques (1922-2015) and Charlotte (1924-1996) Toussaint.

Jacques Toussaint was born on December 3, 1922 in Roubaix France, which is located along the Belgium border.

He was the son of Joseph and Marie (Vandekerckhove) Toussaint.

His parents and their three children immigrated to the United States when Jacques was a toddler.

Jacques Toussaint proudly served in the United States Army in World War II.

He worked for twenty-nine years for Ward Machinery of Chicago as a tool and die maker.

He then was in business for himself for the next twenty-one years.  His business was located on River Street in Aurora.

He married Charlotte Vettel in 1941.  She was a lifelong resident of Aurora and was involved in local politics.

Mr. and Mrs. Toussaint were married for fifty-five years until Charlotte’s passing in 1996.

They had one daughter Sharon Wampler.

Mr. and Mrs. Toussaint were active members of St. Therese Church in Aurora.

When they moved to Marywood, they became members of Annunciation Church.

In August 2006, Mr. Toussaint became a pioneer resident of Monarch Landing in Naperville.

He was an avid reader of history and especially enjoyed reading about Abraham Lincoln and the era of the Civil War.

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

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

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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