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The DuPage Foundation is pleased to report that its 2017 Annual Benefit, Bonne Soirée: A Foundation Benefit & Celebration of the Arts, was c'est magnifique. The event was held on Saturday, November 18, at the Westin Hotel at Yorktown Center in Lombard.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of more than $240,000 in grants to 24 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education and the Environment as part of its 2017 Fall Community Needs Grant Cycle. The grants will be distributed at the Foundation’s Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 6, at its office in Downers Grove.

The Foundation's Board of Trustees and staff congratulates Trustee Nate Wasson on his new position at Capital Group Private Client Services. In November, Wasson was named senior vice president and investment counselor for Capital Group's Chicago office.

During the week of November 12-18, 2017, the DuPage Foundation will join nearly 800 community foundations across the United States in celebrating Community Foundation Week. For nearly 30 years, this community celebration has raised awareness throughout the nation about the increasingly important role of community foundations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address critical civic and economic challenges throughout their communities.

The DuPage Foundation’s newest initiative, Arts DuPage, is excited to launch its new monthly e-newsletter, Arts Alive!

The DuPage Foundation extends a sincere thanks to Dr. Ashish C. Bhatia for his distinguished service to the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund (DMGCF) Advisory Board. His leadership as Board chair for the past seven years was instrumental in launching the Fund. Dr. Amy Stoeffler was named as the Fund’s new chair.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of William E. Blum; Denise A. Horne; John W. Kaiser, Jr.; and Dorothy I. O’Reilly to its Board of Trustees. Recently, all four were elected to the Board and officially began their tenure at the Foundation’s Annual Board Meeting on September 21, 2017, at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora. The new Trustees replaced three retiring Trustees: Phillip R. Cabrera, Marilyn K. Gaston, and Richard W. Kuhn.

The DuPage Foundation’s Next Generation Initiative (NGI) recently hosted its Annual “Fall Fling” at Flight 112 in Elmhurst on September 27. During the event, the NGI was pleased to highlight the efforts of two area charities—Family Shelter Service and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (with a focus on its house near Central DuPage Hospital)—and preview volunteer opportunities with them while also raising funds in support of their missions.

Arts DuPage, a DuPage Foundation Initiative, is pleased to celebrate National Arts in Education Week, September 10-16, 2017. National Arts in Education Week is a countrywide celebration affirming the transformative power of the arts in education.

Two area students each recently received $3,750 in scholarship awards from the Paul D. Pierotti Memorial Scholarship Fund of the DuPage Foundation. The students, Leah Theodor and Nina Hulet, were recognized at The Conservation Foundation’s Spring Membership and Awards Luncheon on June 15 at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of more than $800,000 in grants to 37 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services and to six local collaboratives focused on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County. The grants were distributed at the Foundation’s Spring Grant Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, June 14, at Glen Oak Country Club in Glen Ellyn.

In a move that bonds two area grant-makers working to ensure that DuPage children are ready for kindergarten, the Gustafson Family Foundation (GFF) of Woodridge voted on Monday, June 5, to transfer its nearly $17 million private foundation to the DuPage Foundation (DF) to establish a donor-advised fund through which GFF will continue its grantmaking going forward.

Congratulations to Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center, Access DuPage and DuPage Habitat for Humanity on their receipt of the DuPage Foundation’s 2017 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. The Foundation is cognizant of the challenges that DuPage County not-for-profits have experienced in recent years. In response to unstable financial times, these organizations have become more creative managing and utilizing their limited budgetary and human resources.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the debut of its new website, www.dupagefoundation.org. Officially launched on June 2, the refreshed and fully-responsive site provides both longtime Foundation constituents and first-time visitors with a plethora of new content at their fingertips in a format that is streamlined and highly accessible.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce that it will award more than $800,000 in grants to 37 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services and to six local collaboratives focused on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County. The grants will be distributed at the Foundation’s Spring Grant Awards Breakfast to be held on Wednesday, June 14, at Glen Oak County Club in Glen Ellyn.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Deborah Venezia as the new director of our Arts DuPage initiative. In her new role, Venezia will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s Arts DuPage Advisory Council to promote creativity and nurture engagement in the arts throughout DuPage County.

The DuPage Foundation is thrilled to announce that in May it surpassed $70 million in total assets under management and $30 million in cumulative grant distributions, equating to a total of $100 million in total charitable capital since our founding! This incredible milestone could not have been attained without the generosity of our many donors and other community partners, together with the tireless efforts of our Board, staff, committee members and other volunteers.

National Volunteer Week, April 23-29, 2017, is an opportunity to shine a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve. Volunteerism empowers individuals to find their purpose, take their passion and turn it into meaningful change. The DuPage Foundation has nearly 150 volunteers who serve on our Board and nearly a dozen committees, and who assist in the office and at special events.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of The Conservation Foundation Agency Fund.

The new agency fund will provide The Conservation Foundation, a not-for-profit land and river protection organization, with support to help carry out its mission to preserve and restore open space and natural lands, protect rivers and watersheds, and promote stewardship of our environment in DuPage and neighboring Illinois counties.

Legendary football coach Lou Holtz will headline an all-star lineup of the nation’s top financial advisors during the DuPage County 2017 Retirement Expo on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at the College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. The event is sponsored by Brookstone Capital Management, Perkins & Zayed, and Prizm Financial Advisors, and all proceeds from the event will benefit the DuPage Foundation.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its various committees: Michael J. Havala, Investment Committee; Gerald E. Lewis, Jr., Grant Committee; Laurie L. Reifel, Grant Committee; and James M. Snodgrass, Investment Committee.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Roger P. McDougal and Megan M. Shebik to its Board of Trustees. McDougal and Shebik were recently elected to the Board and will officially begin their tenure at the Foundation’s next Board Meeting on March 16, 2017.

The DuPage Foundation’s newest initiative, Arts DuPage, stepped into the spotlight and unveiled its first public offering, ArtsDuPage.org, a new online resource for our community. More than 160 arts enthusiasts attended the launch party on Tuesday, February 7, at the College of DuPage’s McAninch Arts Center in Glen Ellyn. BMO Harris Bank generously sponsored the event.

The DuPage Foundation’s newest initiative, Arts DuPage, will host a free launch party to unveil its first public offering, ArtsDuPage.org, a new online resource for our community.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Bernard W. Dan and Delrose A. Koch to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

The DuPage Foundation celebrated 30 years of helping raise the quality of life for DuPage residents at a special 30th Anniversary celebration at Medinah Country Club on Thursday, September 15.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of four new members to its various committees: Bill Hassett, Professional Advisor Committee; Dusty Holoubek, Marketing Committee; Brian Soczka, Grant Committee; and Marcia Tornatore, Bright & Early DuPage Committee.

As students begin their school years and we approach the fall in our community, it is important for us to remember the impact of education in our homes, schools and communities.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Laura Ernst and Rachel Szymanski as new staff members.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of more than $670,000 in grants to 30 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services and five local collaboratives focused on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County.

The DuPage Foundation and Friends of the Band, Inc. are pleased to announce the establishment of the Wheaton Municipal Band Endowment Fund.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Rose Bylak as its program assistant for Arts DuPage and the JCS Fund.

National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Lisa Tylke as the new director of our Arts DuPage initiative.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of William C. Pearch as its new marketing manager.