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Foundation Awards 5,000th Grant to Cadence Health and Ronald McDonald House Charities

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois— The DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce that it awarded its 5,000th grant since its inception in September 1986, nearly 30 years ago. The grant, to Cadence Health (for Central DuPage Hospital) now part of Northwestern Medicine, was recommended by the Dale Family Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Foundation. The Fund was established by Foundation Trustee Emeritus Brett Dale and his wife, Kris, a member of the Foundation’s Bright & Early DuPage Committee. The Dales started their fund ten years ago which has awarded more than 40 grants to area organizations. Brett serves as a member of the Cadence Health board of directors.

In recognition of that grant, the DuPage Foundation Grant Committee recommended a $5,000 grant to Ronald McDonald House Charities for its house across from the Hospital. In a special partnership, the Hospital raised the funds for construction of the building and RMHC raises the funds needed to operate the house which opened in January of 2015.

In its 30-year history, the Foundation has awarded nearly $27 million from its unrestricted, donor-advised, designated and scholarship funds.

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 $64 million and awarded more than $26 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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