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Report To The Community 2020

From the Board Chair & President

Dear Friends,

2020 marked a truly unique year for our community, our country, and the world.

We are overwhelmed by the strength and courage of families that pressed on through a year like this. We are inspired by the generosity of our community and the passion that exists to help one another. And we are encouraged by the conversations that are taking place that celebrate the differences within our communities.

As we turn the page and continue our work, we want to reflect and appreciate the bright spots in 2020.

We are grateful for the support of our partners and our capacity as an organization to be innovative, flexible, and creative in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Soon after news of the coronavirus arrived in March, we quickly mobilized with other grantmakers to establish the Fox Valley Grantmakers COVID-19 Response Fund and Elgin Covid Response Fund. Together we were able to rapidly respond to the critical emerging needs of our nonprofit partners working tirelessly to care for and support those most affected by the pandemic.

We are humbled by our donors, volunteers, and staff who gave generously and worked tirelessly to provide grants and scholarships through this year’s new funds — as well as our discretionary grantmaking, scholarship, and Youth Engagement in Philanthropy (YEP) programs.

This report acknowledges our accomplishments and celebrates our community’s fortitude. While we will not soon forget 2020, we look ahead with optimism in 2021 and know that we will continue to persevere and accomplish great things together.


Scott Voris
Board Chair

Julie Christman
President & CEO

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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

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

Marianne Renner

Past Scholarship Recipient & Current Leadership Coach

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

…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

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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