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DuPage Foundation Elects New Trustees for 2020-21

DuPage Foundation President & CEO Dave McGowan talks with NCTV 17's Jane Wernette about DuPage Foundation and its impact on DuPage County residents. The vision is to raise the quality of life for all residents, doing a world of good in our own backyard.™

Alice Wood is new Director of Gift Planning at DuPage Foundation, effective August 10, 2020.

Sixty grantees share stories of how their DuPage Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund grants helped to alleviate suffering in DuPage County Illinois. DuPage Foundation grants totalled $1 million in April and May 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic and recent changes in the law pose new challenges and opportunities for charitable, retirement, and tax planning. Gain strategies to optimize your planning and maximize the impact of your giving from respected financial experts from DuPage Foundation, Bridge Communities, Inc., and DHJJ.

DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce a total of $1 million in grants from its emergency COVID-19 Response Fund has been delivered to not-for-profit service providers in the DuPage County region to date. The third round of grants, totaling $500,000, was delivered this week, to support 43 DuPage County not-for-profits.

Join DuPage Foundation leaders and a panel of local experts to learn about evolving circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic and recent changes in the law which pose new challenges and opportunities for charitable, retirement, and tax planning. Webinar will be held June 17, 10:30-11:30 a.m. CST. RSVP by June 16 through Zoom.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to be able to continue its annual Community Needs grant program with more than $500,000 awarded to 31 DuPage County health and human services agencies.

Join DuPage Foundation leaders and a panel of local experts for a virtual conversation about the impact of COVID-19 on our community and how our local government, not-for-profits, funders, and community members are answering the call for help. Webinar will be held Tuesday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. CST. RSVP via Zoom by May 15.

The Foundation has awarded an additional $200,000 from its COVID-19 Response Fund to 15 DuPage County not-for-profits providing food and emergency assistance, housing, mental health services, access to healthcare, and other support for our most vulnerable neighbors. Since the Fund’s inception on March 19, a total of $500,000 in grants have been distributed.

The DuPage Foundation is thrilled to announce the first round of grant recipients from its COVID-19 Response Fund. Grants totaling $300,000 have been awarded to 21 DuPage County not-for-profits.

As of April 9, the DuPage Foundation had received 48 not-for-profit grant applications, totaling nearly $1 million in requests, for its COVID-19 Response Fund grant opportunity. With more than $600,000 raised to date, the Foundation is ready to begin deploying funds to DuPage County not-for-profits on the front line in providing critical aid to local residents who have been most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Foundation is thrilled to announce a $150,000 donation from the Birck Family to the Foundation's COVID-19 Response Fund, bringing the fund's current total to more than $600,000. Contributions will help fuel our local not-for-profits who will be impacted by and charged with responding to the repercussions of this emergency. 

The Foundation is thrilled to announce a $100,000 matching gift challenge for our arts initiative, Arts DuPage. The first $100,000 in aggregate charitable contributions received by the Foundation between now and December 31, 2020, for its Arts DuPage Endowment Fund, will be matched dollar for dollar. The challenge is being funded through a generous charitable commitment from Wheaton residents Leslie and Mary Wiberg.

The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act was signed into law to encourage Americans to begin saving for retirement or to add to established plans. However, the Act has a number of implications of which investors, advisors, and charitable gift planners should be aware.

To ensure that he and his family have a knowledgeable partner to help preserve their charitable legacy, Dr. Asok K. Ray enlisted the DuPage Foundation. “I now have a trusted partner committed to honoring my intentions who can help my family identify impactful opportunities," he said.

Naperville residents Margie and Marty Beck are committed to philanthropy and have chosen the DuPage Foundation as their partner in achieving their charitable goals.

As part of our 2019 fall Community Needs grant cycle, nearly $310,000 in grants was awarded to 31 DuPage County not-for-profits working in areas of Education, Arts and Culture, Environment, and Animal Welfare. Grants were distributed at the Holiday Open House on December 11. See all grantees and their projects here.

When in need of an art instructor, Arts DuPage connected Riverwalk Adult Day Services to the perfect match, who completed the project and continued bi-weekly classes for their clients. A grant from the DuPage Foundation funded this art project for adults in need of daytime care. Do you have a drawing or painting project that needs support? Not-for-profits and governmental agencies can apply for up to $2,500 through the JCS Fund Visual Arts Mini-Grant opportunity. Complete the quick and easy application by December 30.

Held on November 16, 2019, the DuPage Foundation Masquerade was a night to remember, grossing nearly $450,000 to date for Foundation operations and programs aimed at raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County. Among the mystique, music, and celebration, the Foundation unmasked our community’s most pressing needs and invited attendees to join in funding impactful solutions to those needs by supporting the Foundation’s Community Needs grant program.

With the holiday season around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about year-end giving. If you’re planning to create or add to a fund at the Foundation this year, act now to avoid the year-end rush and ensure you have enough time to achieve your goals! Review these important tips and deadlines to keep in mind.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of Diana Martinez, Paul Miles, Peter Paolilli, Kevin Phillips, and Ted Saul to its Board of Trustees. All five were elected to the Board and officially began their tenure at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting on September 19, 2019.

The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce two new committee members to our growing number of volunteers. Welcome to the team, Dan Bukowski (Investment Committee) and Sheila Rutledge (Arts DuPage Advisory Committee)!

As 2019 comes to a close, there are multiple opportunities for you to optimize your charitable giving to the causes you love most while enjoying potential tax benefits. And the Foundation is here to help. We’ve enlisted Kira Wheat, CPA, a senior tax manager with locally-based DHJJ, to highlight some of the most effective ways you can maximize your benefits and impact.

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.