January 2018 e-Memorandum

Our Mission 
"To provide effective and rewarding ways for donors to fulfill their philanthropic objectives."

Our Vision
"To be recognized as a trusted philanthropic leader in the communities we serve through the delivery of the highest quality donor services, customized and unique grant and scholarship programs, and bold initiatives to address community needs."

Celebrate 70!

Upcoming Events

Saturday, January 20
Lazarus House's Unmasking the Face of Homelessness Gala

Friday, January 26
Geneva Academic Foundation Geneva Idol Karaoke Night

Sunday, January 28
Opportunity Through Baseball: Annual Auction and Dinner Benefiting Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry & More

Saturday, February 10
Celebrate Differences' Oswego Chocolate Walk for Charity

Saturday, February 10
Wayside Cross Ministries' Walk a Mile (Aurora & Elgin)

Friday, February 23
Applications Due for Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Academy

Saturday, February 24
HorsePower's Bowling Fundraiser

Saturday, February 24
TriCity Family Services' Mardi Gras Gala

Saturday, February 24
Cal's Angels Got Hope Gala


Scholarship applications are due Monday, February 5, 2018 by 4 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.  Apply online at  http://cffrv.gives/scholarship2018

Our Donors
We are deeply grateful to the individuals, businesses and organizations that commit to the charitable needs of the community. Follow the link below to view this year's donors. 

The lists of our donors are updated quarterly. They are available to view on our website.
Celebrating 70 Years
Community Foundation Celebrates 70th Anniversary
2018 is a milestone year for the Community Foundation. We are celebrating 70 years since our founding in 1948! 

Attending the first annual meeting: Seated (left to right): Walter R. O'Malley, Charles P. Wright, Charles W. Hoefer, Arthur L. Podolak, William B. Greene, Frank R. Reid, Jr., Justus L. Johnson and James E. Milroy.   Standing (left to right): W. L. "Les" McCullough, Frank S. Main, Mayor Henry Rauscher, Carl Schmitz, Ray Hanson, Clarence J. Ruddy, Emery S. Fowler, Elmer A. Hermes, Donald J. DeFrates and John P. Thill.

The Aurora Foundation (now Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley) was formally established in June of 1948, and the first annual meeting of was held on November 23, 1948 at the office of the Aurora Chamber of Commerce. Since then, the Foundation has grown from 1 charitable fund with assets of $5,000 to over  500 charitable funds with assets of nearly $88 million . Grants and scholarships awarded by the Foundation since its founding total more than $60 million.

"It's a pleasure to serve the Community Foundation as its fifth President in 70 years," said Jeff Hartman, current President & CEO of the Foundation. "Every morning I come to work and view the faces of past President's and Board Chair's photos hanging on the walls. It's then that I am reminded of the great privilege and responsibility of leading the "community's foundation". I am humbled by the series of events from the past 70 years that have led us to where we are today, and excited for how the Community Foundation will champion philanthropy into the next 70 years."

The Community Foundation will continue to "Celebrate 70" throughout the year by featuring significant individuals and events from the past 70 years.

Read more about the Foundation's history on our website, or watch our historical video
Spring Grant Cycle
Letters of Intent for Grants Open February 1
If you are a nonprofit agency that is interested in applying for a grant this spring, Letters of Intent will be available February 1 through March 31, 2018.

The Community Foundation provides grants for capital purposes to nonprofit agencies in the fields of education, social services, healthcare, and arts & humanities

To be considered for a grant, your agency must complete a Letter of Intent, which will become available on our website February 1. After the Letter of Intent is completed, the Foundation will contact you to determine your agency's eligibility, talk about your project, and schedule a site visit. Once the site visit has been completed, you will receive the next steps regarding the application process.

To learn more about the Grantmaking Program,   please   visit our website.
New Software Up and Running!
Software Features Online Portal For Fund Advisors
This past fall we announced our migration to Community Suite, a software system that is designed specifically for the unique needs of community foundations. This software gives us the tools to provide even more enhanced services to our donors, grantees, and scholarship recipients.

With the software upgrade came enhancements to the way gifts are made through the Foundation's website using credit and debit cards.  If you have given through the website recently, you may have noticed that the donation check-out process is more streamlined. But rest assured, your donations are processed with the same security as before, for placement in the fund of your choosing.

We also launched the Fund Advisor Portal systemThis portal allows Community Foundation fund holders to interact with with their funds via a secure, password-protected website. If you have a fund within the Community Foundation and have not yet received instructions on how to access your Fund Advisor Portal, please email us for assistance. 

This summer, we will launch another component of the software system that will improve the way we review and process discretionary grants and scholarships. 

We thank you all for your continued patience as we implement these exciting new features on our website! 
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