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COVID-19 Response & Resources

The DuPage Foundation is committed to responding effectively to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our community and keeping you informed with pertinent information. Please see below for details on our COVID-19 Response Fund for DuPage County, information about the CARES Act, and links to other resources.


DuPage Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund

For Donors: We have created a COVID-19 Response Fund for DuPage County to receive contributions from those looking to give locally during this time of crisis as part of a powerful, coordinated response. Our thanks to our lead partners including the Birck Family, the Hyett Family, the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, two area private foundations wishing to remain anonymous, Doris K. Christopher and Family, the Shebik Family, and grants from the Gustafson Family Foundation and Snodgrass Family Funds of the DuPage Foundation, along with scores of contributions from other individuals, businesses, and foundations, bringing the Fund’s current total to $1.2 million. 

Direct gifts to your favorite charities are still needed now more than ever and are strongly encouraged. We also invite individuals, businesses, and foundations to join us in giving to this Fund to help us respond effectively to fuel our local not-for-profits that are being impacted by and charged with responding to the repercussions of this emergency on the front line.

For Not-for-Profits: View grant guidelines and application information for our COVID-19 Response Fund.

To date, grants totaling $500,000 have been awarded to 36 DuPage County not-for-profits. The deployment of resources from our COVID-19 Response Fund will remain flexible to ensure that it will support current needs as well as those that emerge as more hardships become evident.

Funds will be distributed on a rolling basis as needs and gaps are identified and as additional dollars become available to support grants.


Answering the Call: A Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Crisis for DuPage County

On May 19, the Foundation convened local experts for a webinar titled Answering the Call: A Coordinated Response to the COVID-19 Crisis for DuPage County. The positive and energetic response to our community's needs during this crisis shows the power of coming together to help our neighbors in need.

Presenters included: 
Karen Ayala of DuPage County Health Department
Dan Cronin Chairman of DuPage County Board
Mary Keating of DuPage County
David M. McGowan, CFRE of DuPage Foundation
Megan Shebik, Trustee of DuPage Foundation
Michael Sitrick, JD, CFRE of DuPage Foundation
Barbara Szczepaniak of DuPage Foundation


CARES Act

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was enacted by the federal government in response to the unprecedented impact this world-wide pandemic is having on our nation.

This sweeping legislation has provided more than $2 trillion in relief for Americans and organizations affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Among the aid provided includes stimulus refunds to individuals and families, the suspension of mandatory retirement account distributions, a bevy of tax incentives aimed to encourage charitable giving, and access to loans for businesses and not-for-profits affected by the economic downturn.

On April 24, the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act was signed into law. This Act provided an additional $484 billion in funding to the Paycheck Protection Program as well as more funding for hospitals and testing for COVID-19.

While the full scope of these Acts are too complex to fully summarize here, the following are some links to key highlights and resources for donors and not-for-profits:

Other CARES Act Resources


National Resource Links


State & Community Resource Links


Media Information

For media inquiries related to the COVID-19 crisis, contact David M. McGowan, CFRE, president & CEO, at dave@dupagefoundation.org or 630.665.5570.