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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!
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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.

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.