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Arts DuPage and the DuPage Foundation were thrilled to kick off Arts DuPage Month with an engaging visit from national arts leader Randy Cohen on September 10. Arts DuPage and the DuPage Foundation kicked off Arts DuPage Month with a visit from national arts leader Randy Cohen on September 10. Hosted by Arts DuPage and sponsored by Foundation friends Les and Mary Wiberg along with support from the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation, Cohen spoke to multiple audiences throughout the day including county leaders, donors, artists, and programming professionals, to put arts, culture, and entertainment into the spotlight.

With guidance and funding from the Foundation, H.O.M.E. DuPage created the Financial Fitness Program (FFIT), a series of workshops focused on budgeting, debt management, developing savings, and basic banking coupled with continued, individualized coaching sessions. Participation from residents and other not-for-profits continues to grow.

Estate gift commitments are an impactful—and easy—way to support future generations. But if they make you wonder “What about my loved
ones?” we can help. It’s possible to leave a legacy for causes you care about and provide for loved ones after you’re gone.

Through a recent grant from the JCS Arts, Health and Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation, WTTW News will expand Chicago Tonight's arts coverage with an endowed, full-time arts correspondent. The arts correspondent will report and produce exclusive on-air and digital content, covering the gamut of Chicago's rich and diverse arts scene. Angel Idowu will start in this position on July 15.

For nearly 33 years, the Foundation’s Community Needs grant program has supported programs and projects that enrich the quality of life for DuPage County residents. That trend continued this past spring with $523,880 awarded to 38 local not-for-profits doing impactful work in the area of Health and Human Services. Grants were distributed and grantees were celebrated at the June 12 Spring Grant Open House

We're proud to recognize two staff members, Kaitlyn Balsewicz, development officer, and Michael Sitrick, JD, vice president for advancement, on their recent accreditation as Certified Fund Raising Executives (CFRE), joining 6,300 other professionals around the world with this designation.

We're pleased to welcome three new committee members to our growing number of volunteers: Kate Bousum, Margie Lawless, and John McKinnon. We thank our new and long-time volunteers for their service and for all that they do on behalf of our community!

We are thrilled to welcome Matti Oshin, marketing intern, and Matt Wilson, accounting associate, to our team!

The Foundation identified our county's most critical animal welfare needs. Then, we connected a generous estate gift, wholly-focused on animal welfare projects, to fund some solutions. Nearly $120,000 was awarded for the purchase of vehicles, animal transportation expenses, and a communal database connecting multiple animal welfare agencies.

When Paul and Lisa Daley learned that $11,500 was all that was needed to complete the construction of a military service memorial in Carol Stream, they responded immediately by recommending a $15,000 grant from the Daley Family Fund, their donor-advised fund at the DuPage Foundation. The memorial will be unveiled this Memorial Day.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Picture This Mini-Grants offered quarterly through the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation. The next grant cycle will close on June 30, 2019. See guidelines and apply here.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to welcome eight new committee members to our growing number of volunteers. These individuals were approved by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees during its March 21 meeting and will join with staff and our nearly 150 volunteer leaders to help advance the Foundation’s vision of raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County. We thank all of our new and continuing volunteers for their service and for all that they do to on behalf of our community! Read more here.

Thanks to all who joined us to toast spring's arrival and support The GardenWorks Project during NGI's Spring Social  in March. We are pleased to share that GardenWorks will be receiving a $2,500 grant!
Read more here.

Download and read the Spring 2019 newsletter, featuring information about Community Needs and Healthy Lifestyles grants, the Imagination Ball, the Next Generation Initiative, and more!

January 2019 marked the 11th year for the Dare to Dream: Get Educated! conference, which received an $8,500 Community Needs grant, partially funded by the Donor-Advised Fund for Needy Children. Read more here.

FirstMidwest Bank and guests, playing under the team name Alternative Facts, won the trophy during our NGI Charity Trivia Night on February 6 at Empire in Naperville. The team, as part of their victory, selected Little Friends as the recipient of a $2,000 grant. Read more here.

Congratulations to Healthy Lifestyles grant recipients Bridge Communities, The GardenWorks Project, Northern Illinois Food Bank, and UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago. Funding for the selected evidence-based programs that encourage healthy eating and physical activity was provided by the JCS Fund. Continue reading here.

Kathleen Lamonica Krochock chose to create a donor-advised fund with The DuPage Foundation to honor her parents, Joseph and Margery Lamonica and their family's life in DuPage County. This story was featured in our FY 2018 Annual Report. Read the whole report here.

From surprise Golden Tickets, to scrumdiddlyumptious cocktails and entrees, to an everlasting supply of candy and fun, the DuPage Foundation’s Imagination Ball was a night to remember as it raised vital dollars for Foundation operations and programs aimed at raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County. Held on November 17 and attended by more than 250 people, the Imagination Ball has grossed more than $435,000 to date.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the awarding of nearly $270,000 in grants to 30 DuPage County not-for-profits working in the areas of Animal Welfare, Arts and Culture, Education, and Environment as part of its 2018 fall Community Needs grant cycle. Grants were distributed at the Foundation’s Holiday Open House on December 12. See all recipients here.

The Foundation was thrilled to celebrate six of our dedicated volunteers at Giving DuPage's Volapalooza, a county-wide recognition of volunteers. We appreciate the service of these volunteers and all others who generously give their time and talents to the Foundation and our area's not-for-profits.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to welcome back Joan S. Morrissey of Wheaton to the Board of Trustees! Morrissey most recently served as a Trustee Emerita following her initial Trustee term from 2006 – 2015 and has remained actively involved on multiple Foundation committees.

Bright & Early DuPage recently awarded $335,000 to support the work of six local early childhood collaboratives and the DuPage County Early Childhood Collaboration (DECC). One goal of these grants is to help build systems that increase the number of children who are ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten. But what does this really mean? DECC Program Director FaKelia Guyton explains.

For the last 25 years, October has been celebrated as National Arts & Humanities Month. This year, Arts DuPage is bringing this national focus to DuPage County to showcase the rich artistic landscape that surrounds and inspires us.

When the federal government passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, it lowered taxes for almost every taxpayer. Whether your itemizing or taking the standard deduction this year, consider strategies that can provide you with significant tax and non-tax benefits.

In honor of co-founders Mark Milligan (right) and the late Bob Wahlgren, Bridge Communities, Inc., recently opened its fourth agency fund at the Foundation, the endowed Bridge Communities Founders’ Fund.

It with great sadness we share the passing of George Pradel, Naperville's longest-serving mayor. Family have encouraged memorial donations to the Foundation for the A. George and Patricia C. Pradel Fund.

The DuPage Foundation and its Next Generation Initiative (NGI) are pleased to announce the selection of three not-for-profits as its 2018 Community Innovation Grantees: Little Friends, NAMI DuPage, and Teen Parent Connection. Grantees will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Imagination Ball's paddle raise on November 17.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Picture This Mini-Grants offered quarterly through the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation. The next grant cycle will close on September 30, 2018. See guidelines and apply here.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce Karen Vicary as our new office manager. In this role, Karen assists with accounting, human resources, information technology, and office management. She is the first smiling face you’ll see when you visit our office!

Last fall, the Village of Glen Ellyn and the DuPage Foundation launched a new partnership, the Glen Ellyn Fund Initiative (GEFI), to support projects that enhance the quality of life throughout Glen Ellyn. To date, the fund has raised nearly $265,000 from multiple donors, generating a $125,000 matching gift from the DuPage Foundation. 

Over the last 40 years, Perma-Seal, led by Roy and Laura Ann Spencer, has proudly served more than 350,000 homeowners in the Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana area. While volunteering at local organizations, they've seen firsthand the vast need that exists in our community. To help, they've established a pattern of giving and will continue working with the Foundation into the future.

The JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity to support evidence-based programs that encourage healthy eating and physical activity. Healthy Lifestyles Grants totaling a minimum of $25,000 will be awarded. Apply by Friday, August 17.

Do you want to make a difference and give back to your community this holiday week? Check out our list of volunteering ideas for you to try on the Fourth of July.

World Relief DuPage/Aurora (WRDA) successfully moved its DuPage office from Wheaton to Carol Stream. Upon hearing about WRDA’s relocation plans from the DuPage Foundation, the Silver Heart Foundation recommended a $1,000 grant to provide meals for more than 60 people during their two-day move.

Staff, Board Trustees, Grant Committee members, grant recipients, and family members celebrated Barb Szczepaniak's 10-year anniversary with the Foundation during the June 12 spring Community Needs Grant Breakfast.

Next Generation Initiative (NGI) is pleased to announce a special grant opportunity for DuPage County not-for-profits that will culminate at our November 17, 2018 Imagination Ball. NGI Community Innovation Grants will celebrate successful creative and innovative solutions to community needs. Apply here by July 20 at 5:00 p.m.

On June 12, the DuPage Foundation completed a record-breaking Spring Community Needs Grant season where, for the first time in one distribution cycle, more than $500,000 was awarded to organizations working in the area of health and human services. Recipients, along with Foundation Trustees, Grant Committee members, donors, and staff, were all smiles during the milestone event where the critical work these not-for-profit organizations are doing was celebrated. See the recipients and learn about the purpose of their awards here.

Congratulations to the recipients of the Picture This Mini-Grants offered through the JCS Fund of the DuPage Foundation. Mini-grant applications are considered quarterly. The next grant cycle will close on June 30, 2018. See guidelines and apply here.

Congratulations to six early childhood collaborations who recently received grants from Bright & Early DuPage to support their work.

Nick De Jong, CPA, CFP, and Kevin Phillips, CFP, of Savant Capital Management explain what the new tax laws mean for your charitable donations.

Sean Sebold, president of Sebold Capital Wealth Management, and David McGowan, president & CEO of DuPage Foundation, sat down to discuss community foundations and their impact on the communities they serve. We’re sharing one part of their discussion each week. Watch the full interview here.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to welcome Melissa Fischer as its new marketing manager effective Monday, May 7. In her new role, Fischer will be responsible for creating and disseminating the Foundation’s messaging to its various constituents and helping foster greater awareness for its mission and services throughout the community. She will report to Foundation Vice President for Advancement Mike Sitrick.

Arts DuPage recently brought the arts community together for a dynamic and engaging workshop led by noted author and LinkedIn guru Wayne Breitbarth. In his presentation of “Five Best Ways to Use LinkedIn to Grow Your Art Business,” Wayne helped participants understand how to leverage one of today's most powerful resources to research, network, market and brand their organizations.

On March 16, the Foundation hosted more than 50 guests for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s special performance at Wheaton College’s Edman Memorial Chapel. Attendees enjoyed Haydn’s Symphony No. 89 and Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante and Symphony No. 36 (Linz). Conductor Riccardo Muti dazzled the crowd with his compelling direction and famed musicians Robert Chen (violin) and Paul Newbauer (viola) gave stunning solo performances.

The Naperville Art League’s (NAL’s) Fourth Friday gathering was more festive than usual on March 23 when Foundation Director of Arts DuPage Debbie Venezia (the NAL’s former executive director) was presented with an honorary lifetime membership. The award, given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the NAL, was granted in recognition of Debbie’s many accomplishments as a past employee, current active member and present director of the Riverwalk Fine Art Fair, the NAL’s signature event.

On Thursday, March 22, nearly 50 people gathered at Granite City Food and Brewery in Naperville for the Next Generation Initiative’s (NGI’s) March Madness Mixer. While enjoying great food, drinks and comradery, attendees got to learn about and support a great DuPage-based charity, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, while watching an exciting NCAA basketball matchup between Loyola University’s Ramblers and University of Nevada, Reno’s Wolf Pack.

As a direct result of participant support and a matching gift from the Next Generation Initiative Fund WDSRA is receiving a $2,000 grant.

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois— The Foundation is pleased to welcome Kaitlyn Balsewicz as our new development officer effective Monday, March 5. In her new role, Kait will coordinate Foundation events and assist with all aspects of donor engagement as well as the Foundation's marketing and communications efforts.

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.