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Foundation Sets a New Record and Awards More than $800,000 at Spring Grant Breakfast

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois—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.

“There are numerous not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County that are providing vital services,” said Joe Weidenbach, Foundation Grant Committee chair. “During these challenging times with many organizations feeling the effects of cut backs, the Foundation is pleased to provide support and much needed resources to those addressing health and human services and early childhood needs.”

The following organizations received funding through the Foundation’s Community Needs Grant Program and from Foundation Donor-Advised Funds:

  • 360 Youth Services—$15,000 (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund)
  • B.R. Ryall YMCA of Northwestern DuPage County—$6,350
  • Bridge Communities, Inc.—$20,000 (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund)
  • CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage—$8,000
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet—$20,000
  • Chicago Dental Society Foundation—$20,000
  • DayOne PACT—$2,500
  • Donka, Inc.—$10,000
  • DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform—$15,000
  • DuPage Health Coalition—$20,000 (Funded by the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund)
  • DuPagePads—$20,000 (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund)
  • DuPage Senior Citizens Council—$10,000
  • Elmhurst Walk-in Assistance Network—$10,000
  • ESSE Adult Day Services—$5,500
  • Family Focus—$10,000
  • Family Shelter Service—$20,000
  • Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities—$15,000 (Funded by the Edward & Minnie Ceragioli Fund)
  • Giant Steps—$20,000
  • Glen Ellyn Youth and Family Counseling Service—$2,500
  • H.O.M.E. DuPage—$20,000 (Partially funded by the Sue Wallace Fund)
  • Loaves & Fishes Community Services—$20,000
  • Mayslake Village—$5,000 (Partially funded by the Linda & Clark G. Carpenter Fund)
  • NAMI DuPage—$20,000
  • Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services—$10,000
  • Northern Illinois Food Bank—$20,000
  • Outreach Community Ministries Inc.—$20,000 (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund)
  • People's Resource Center—$9,734
  • Project HELP—$12,000 (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana—$3,400
  • Serenity House Counseling Services, Inc.—$10,000
  • Sharing Connections—$6,000
  • Teen Parent Connection—$20,000 (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund)
  • The GardenWorks Project—$2,304
  • UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago—$17,500
  • Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services (WAYS)—$2,500
  • Western DuPage Special Recreation Association—$15,000
  • Youth Outlook—$20,000

Community Needs grants are primarily awarded based on earnings from the Foundation’s unrestricted and field-of-interest funds. Additionally, during the selection process, the Foundation offers representatives of its donor-advised funds the opportunity to review the grant applications that it receives through its Community Needs Grant Program. It does this to inform local donors about the needs in the community, introduce them to the many organizations that apply to the Foundation, and to engage them in helping the Foundation increase the level of grant support that it provides through the grant process.

In addition to the Community Needs grants, the DuPage Foundation awarded $317,612 from its Bright & Early DuPage initiative to further the efforts of local collaboratives focused on improving kindergarten-readiness in DuPage County. Recipients include as follows:

  • Addison Early Childhood Collaboration—$65,000
  • Bensenville Early Learning Supporters—$18,000
  • DuPage Early Childhood Collaboration—$65,000
  • Glenbard Early Childhood Collaborative—$65,000
  • Wheaton/Warrenville Early Childhood Collaborative—$50,000
  • Willowbrook Corner Coalition—$54,612

About the DuPage Foundation
The DuPage Foundation is DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. Established in 1986 to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, the Foundation serves our community by helping area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals, providing impactful support to our community’s not-for-profits, and fostering key partnerships to address critical issues affecting DuPage County.

As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation receives contributions and bequests from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations looking to make a difference for our community and the causes about which they are most passionate. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to nearly $90 million in assets and awarded more than $30 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.

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