Since its founding in 1986 by Jerry C. Bradshaw, Brooks McCormick, and Mary Eleanor Wall, DuPage Foundation has granted more than $80 million to not-for-profits serving residents of DuPage County and beyond. It’s hard to imagine what our community would look like without DuPage Foundation. And the opportunity to build on that success continues as we enter into an unprecedented period over the next decade and a half which could see the largest generational transfer of wealth in history. If just five percent were earmarked for charitable giving, a massive influx of gifts could flow to not-for-profits as grants helping to raise the quality of life for all in DuPage County. Indeed, through its many grant programs, DuPage Foundation serves as the community’s philanthropic leader.
The COVID-19 Response Fund
DuPage Foundation created the DuPage Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund to receive contributions from those looking to support our community in this time of crisis and help fuel our local not-for-profits. We created the COVID-19 Response Fund for DuPage County to receive contributions from those looking to give locally during a time of crisis as part of a powerful, coordinated response. Our thanks to our lead partners including the Birck Family, the Hyett Family, the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund, two area private foundations wishing to remain anonymous, Doris K. Christopher and Family, the Shebik Family, and grants from the Gustafson Family Foundation and Snodgrass Family funds of DuPage Foundation, along with scores of contributions from other individuals such as Dr. Chand featured in our video, businesses, and foundations, which brought the Fund’s total to nearly $1.8 million.
Click here to view the detailed rounds of COVID-19 grants awarded.
Direct gifts to your favorite charities are still needed and are strongly encouraged. While the COVID-19 Response Fund is now closed, we invite individuals, businesses and foundations to give to our Emergency Fund to help us respond effectively to our local not-for-profits that are being impacted by and charged with responding to the repercussions of emergencies on the front line.
Dave McGowan, former DuPage Foundation president & CEO, delivers a final report on the COVID-19 Response Fund, which raised and granted nearly $1.8 million since its inception on March 19, 2020.