Professional Advisor Memorandum
June, 2014 - In This Issue:
For nearly 65 years, the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley has been a trusted philanthropic leader in the communities it serves through the delivery of the 
highest quality donor services, customized grant and scholarship programs, and bold initiatives to address community issues.  Thanks for all you do to promote philanthropy in our communities!

Jeffrey J. Hartman
Vice President of Development

The Community Foundation would like to congratulate Gloria Bunce, executive director of CASA Kane County (Geneva)
and the Kane County Farm Bureau on their recent awards from the West Suburban Philanthropic Network!

Gloria Bunce received the 
Kane County Farm Bureau
received the

Both were recognized at the WSPN Awards Luncheon held on May 21 at Eaglewood Resort and Spa in Itasca.
Congratulations and thanks for all you do to make the Fox River Valley a better place to live and work!

Golf Outing A Success!
Congratulations to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce for another successful golf outing!

The Community Foundation was happy to be a hole-in-one sponsor (even though no one hit a hole-in-one).  We were also pleased to provide ice cold water to the golfers 
as they came to our hole.

Thank you to the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce for all you do!


Featured Read
For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck.  But in today's dramatically reconfigured world, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.  In Give and Take, Adam Grant, an award-winning researcher and Wharton's highest-rated professor, examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom.  Give and Take opens up an approach to work, interactions, and productivity that is nothing short of revolutionary. 
Community Foundation money manager Trust Company of Illinois provides an Executive Summary to Give and Take.  Click here to see TCI's Summary.


Quote of the Day

"Fundraising is an extreme sport."

- Marc A. Pitman

Marc Pitman is a not-for-profit consultant and fundraising guru.  His book, "Ask Without Fear!: A Simple Guide to Connecting Donors with What Matters to Them Most"  explains in a step-by-step, easy to remember process how to build authentic relationships with donors -- and help them connect with your cause in the way that matters most to them!

CF Mourns Loss of Director
Honoring a Respected Community Leader
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is deeply saddened to report the passing of our beloved board member Donna Williams, 75.  Donna joined the CF Board in 2011, and also served as a member of the Distribution Committee.

A lifelong resident of Aurora, Williams graduated from East Aurora High School.

She then received her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Northern Illinois University.

After a thirty-four year teaching career at Nicholson Elementary School in West Aurora School District 129, she served as principal at the Quad County Urban League's alternative school for East and West Aurora middle school students.

Ms. Williams was a board member of the Aurora Civic Center Authority, the Aurora Historical Society and the YWCA Aurora.

She also was one of the senior leaders of Main Baptist Church.

In 2013, the Lucas Family Fund was created by Donna J. Williams to support her philanthropic objectives in honor of her family.

2013 Data on Charitable Giving
Giving USA Looks Back at Philanthropy in 2013

Often seen as the benchmark of charitable giving data, not-for-profits and philanthropists alike eagerly await the release of the annual Giving USA report.

This past week, Giving USA released their 2014 report which takes a look back at charitable giving for 2013.  Here are a few of the highlights:
  1. Total charitable giving increased by 4.4%, to $335.17 billion
  2. Giving by bequests increased by 8.7%
  3. Total giving as a percentage of GDP remained relatively unchanged, hovering at 2%
  4. Giving by corporations decreased by 1.9%, while giving by individuals increased by 4.2%
Take Me Out To The Ballgame!
We Invite You To Join Us For A Cougars Game!
The Community Foundation invites you to join us on Tuesday, August 12, at 6:00 p.m. in our rented suite at the Kane County Cougars game! Last year nearly 25 professional advisors and community leaders joined us for an evening of great food, beverages, socializing, and a Cougars win!
Email Jeff Hartman at if you would like to attend. Seating is limited in the suite, so please reserve your spot soon!  A VIP Parking pass is included with your ticket.
Feel free to invite a colleague and we will see you at the game!
In The News
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