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Robert William/Anita Nelson Memorial Endowment Fund

Established 1990

Robert William
Robert William
Anita Nelson
Anita Nelson

The Fox Valley Park District is able to offer free swimming lessons to Aurora 2nd graders due to grants from the Robert William/Anita Nelson Memorial Endowment Fund. This fund was created to provide swim lessons for Aurora grade school students who have yet to learn this important life-saving skill.

The swim program was established shortly after the 1979 Fox River drowning of Robert William (1967-1979), a twelve-year-old student at Nancy Hill School. The program provides additional instruction for students who have yet to master the skills necessary to become successful swimmers.

In 1990, the program was renamed the Robert William/Anita Nelson Swim Program. Nelson, a teacher at Nancy Hill School and an original member of the swim program committee, was profoundly dedicated to the program’s development and success. She passed away in 1990. This fund was created in 1990 and established as an endowment in 1999.

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

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

There’s no question in my mind that the scholarship I received opened up possibilities.

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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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