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DuPage Foundation Celebrates Service of Volunteers During National Volunteer Week

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois—National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2016, is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change—discovering and demonstrating their collective power to make a difference. It is a time dedicated to demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. The DuPage Foundation has nearly 150 volunteers who serve on our Board and nearly a dozen committees, and who assist in the office and at special events.

“Our volunteers play a crucial role in every aspect of what we do," said Dave McGowan, Foundation president & CEO. "They are a significant part of the Foundation's work and we are grateful for all their efforts to help advance our mission and serve our constituents.”
We asked some of our volunteers to share why they enjoy partnering with us. Here's what they said:
“I feel passionate about the DuPage Foundation's work and how it gives back to the community. I am able to offer my professional skills in a unique way while building new friendships.” —Rose Kraetsch, office volunteer, Downers Grove

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“Marketing has a central role to play in helping the Foundation meet its mission and connect with its audiences. I'm honored to do my small part in taking our programs to the next level.”—Matt Biespiel, Marketing Committee chair, Naperville
“Volunteering is the perfect opportunity to try something unfamiliar, to get out of your comfort zone, to learn a new skill, to interact with a new group of people, and there's nothing that makes me instantly feel better than volunteering!”—Sally Winger, Bright & Early DuPage Committee volunteer, Lombard
National Volunteer Week, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, to include thousands of volunteer projects throughout the week.

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

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