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In Tribute: Senator Chris Lauzen

Senator Chris Lauzen accepted our request to co-sponsor a bill in the Illinois Senate which would have provided an income tax credit to taxpayers who contribute to a permanent endowment fund within a community foundation.

Called Endow Illinois Tax Credit Act, this law was designed to encourage contributions to charitable funds that serve the needs of local communities on a permanent basis.

Twenty-seven states in our nation have similar laws in place and the results have been remarkable.  These states have been able to preserve capital within their borders for the ongoing funding of needed programs and projects for their citizens.

Community foundations were named for this privilege since these organizations represent the entire philanthropic sector of a geographic area.

Senator Lauzen’s endorsement of this legislation is consistent with his belief that local citizens are the best qualified to determine their own destiny.

We wish to offer our sincere thanks to Senator Lauzen for his thoughtful decision to encourage philanthropy throughout the State of Illinois and for his personal commitment to local needs through his community foundation.

If the bill is reintroduced in the future, we know that our senator will be working with us to advance the charitable sector of our local communities.

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

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

…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

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

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

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