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Rose Bylak Joins the DuPage Foundation Staff

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois—The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Rose Bylak as its program assistant for Arts DuPage and the JCS Fund. In her new role, Bylak will assist with Arts DuPage, the Foundation’s newly-formed, county-wide arts council to promote creativity and nurture engagement and investment in the arts throughout DuPage County. She will also assist the JCS Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Foundation, in its mission to support instrumental music, cultural, health, educational, artistic and other charitable organizations serving the needs of residents of DuPage County.

"We are thrilled to strengthen our team by welcoming Rose," said Foundation Vice President for Programs Barb Szczepaniak. "She brings a unique set of skills to the Foundation and already possesses a strong relationship with several area not-for-profit organizations.”
Prior to joining the Foundation, Bylak worked as Turning Pointe Autism Foundation’s grant manager and writer, NAMI DuPage’s development director and the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s grants manager. She also currently works in the luxury travel industry as a travel consultant, manager of air travel and hotels and as a sales assistant.

Rose holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation from Southern Illinois University’s College of Education and Human Services. She also holds associate degrees in Travel and Tourism from the College of DuPage and in Liberal Arts from Richard J. Daley College. She grew up in Chicago, but has called Naperville home for more than 20 years.

“I am excited about my new position at the DuPage Foundation as a program assistant for the JCS fund and Arts DuPage,” said Bylak. “I am honored to be part of a DuPage-wide arts council and to support instrumental music, cultural, health, educational, artistic and other charitable initiatives.”
About the DuPage Foundation

The DuPage Foundation seeks to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County by fostering philanthropy, connecting donors to area needs and building community partnerships. Based on the American virtues of volunteerism and philanthropy, the Foundation fosters a legacy of support for the people of DuPage County by making grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of Arts and Culture, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. Since its inception, the Foundation has built its endowment to approximately $63 million and awarded more than $25 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.

Established in 1986, the DuPage Foundation is a publicly-supported 501(c)(3) organization to which contributions are tax deductible. It was created to benefit the people of DuPage County and receives contributions and bequests into a permanent endowment from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations wishing to make lasting contributions to the people of DuPage. The earnings on these funds are then used, in accordance with donor wishes, for the Foundation’s grantmaking and community leadership activities.

For more information about the Foundation, or to arrange future media opportunities, please contact William Pearch, marketing manager, at 630.598.5290, or bill@dupagefoundation.org.