November 3, 2017
a1Bonne Soirée is Just Two Weeks Away!
Bonne Soirée: A Foundation Benefit & Celebration of the Arts, scheduled for the evening of Saturday, November 18, at the beautiful Westin Hotel at Yorktown Center in Lombard, is just two weeks away! We cannot wait to celebrate with you! If you haven't already RSVP'd, make sure you get your reservations in so we can guarantee a spot for you and your guests.
The Foundation has become DuPage County's philanthropic leader thanks to your generous support. This year we will highlight the Foundation's latest initiative, Arts DuPage. In addition to an exquisite meal, this year's festivities will include:
The Foundation wishes to extend its sincere thanks to our Premier Sponsor Northern Trust  and to all of our others event sponsors, auction donors and supporters to date. For a complete list of Bonne Soirée sponsors, plea se visit our website.
For more information about Bonne Soirée, contact Rachel Welling, development associate, via email or at 630.598.5292.

Dr. Ashish C. Bhatia
Dr. Amy Stoeffler
bFoundation Extends Thanks to Bhatia for Distinguished Service to the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund
The Foundation extends a sincere thanks to Dr. Ashish C. Bhatia for his distinguished service to the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund (DMGCF) Advisory Board. His leadership as Board chair for the past seven years was instrumental in launching the Fund. Dr. Amy Stoeffler was named as the Fund's new chair. Read More

cArts DuPage Launches New Monthly E-Newsletter
Arts DuPage is excited to launch its new monthly e-newsletter, Arts Alive!

"One of Arts DuPage's goals was to create an e-newsletter that can be used to promote posted events to a rapidly growing audience," said Debbie Venezia, director of Arts DuPage. "Our inaugural issue highlights many of the diverse arts and culture offerings throughout DuPage County."

The holiday season is rapidly approaching. Want to stay in the arts loop and receive ideas for fun activities in our area? Click here to subscribe to our email list today!  Read more

(Left to right) Mike Sitrick, Foundation vice president for advancement; Suzanne Shier, Northern Trust's wealth planning practice executive and chief strategist/tax counsel; Eileen Sachanda, Northern Trust's senior managing director for Eastern DuPage; and Dave McGowan, Foundation president & CEO; at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton prior to the start of our October 10 joint seminar.
dFoundation and Northern Trust Seminar Focuses on Giving Strategies for Donors
On Tuesday, October 10, the Foundation and Northern Trust co-hosted a seminar titled, Giving With Purpose: Savvy Strategies to Achieve Your Goals at Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton. The event was attended by more than 40 guests and featured an in-depth discussion with Suzanne Shier, Northern Trust's wealth planning practice executive and chief strategist/tax counsel. Mike Sitrick, Foundation vice president for advancement, moderated the program.
Shier discussed strategies to help donors give more purposefully and shared ideas on how to transmit giving values to the next generation. She also shared her thoughts on year-end giving in the current economic environment with the uncertainty of potential tax reform and answered our guests' philanthropy-related questions.

Special thanks to Suzanne and our good friends at Northern Trust and to all who attended! For questions regarding optimal year-end giving strategies, please contact Mike Sitrick, vice president for advancement, via email or at 630.598.5285.

Dave McGowan, Foundation president & CEO, presents at the Foundation's latest Trustee and Committee Orientation on Wednesday, October 25.
eFoundation Welcomes New Trustees and Committee Members with Special Orientation
On Wednesday, October 25, the Foundation hosted a special orientation for its four newest trustees and three committee members. We were pleased to welcome Trustees Bill Blum,  Denise Horne,  John Kaiser, and Dorothy O'Reilly; and Committee members Adam Hill, Financial Operations; Juliana Maller, Next Generation Initiative; and Peter Noronha, Bright & Early DuPage Initiative.
Staff members provided an overview of the Foundation's history, vision and mission; explained how the Board of Trustees, committee and staff structure works; and discussed the roles and responsibilities of the advancement, finance and program departments. Our thanks to all who attended. We are excited to have you on board!

fNGI Volunteers Support Family Shelter Service
(Left to right) Next Generation Initiative Steering Committee members Katie Michel, Jill McWilliams and Dusty Holoubek volunteer during Family Shelter Service's clean-up day.
On Saturday, October 14, a group of Foundation Next Generation Initiative (NGI) volunteers donated their time and assisted Family Shelter Service (FSS) by cleaning, sorting and organizing one of its confidential shelter sites. In addition to cleaning, NGI volunteers repaired several chairs, tables, rocking chairs and other toys. Lauren DeSimone, FSS' director of advancement, provided a tour of the facility and an overview of the organization's work. Thank you to all who volunteered!
Visit our website to learn more about the NGI and sponsorship and membership opportunities.
Standing from left: Mike Sitrick, vice president for advancement; Margo Matthew, Bridge Communities' director of grants; Barb Szczepaniak, vice president for programs; Tamara Ortegel, Next Generation Initiative and Benefit Committee; and Dorothy O'Reilly, Trustee, Arts DuPage Committee, and Benefit Committee. Seated from left to right: Adrianne Gregory, Glen Ellyn Fund Initiative and Benefit Committee; Adam Brigham-Althoff, Next Generation Initiative; Karen Fleming, Next Generation Initiative; Juliana Maller, Next Generation Initiative; and Diana Uchiyama, DuPage County's administrator of psychological services.
gFoundation Volunteers Celebrated at Volapalooza
On Thursday, October 26, the Foundation was thrilled to honor several of our dedicated volunteers as part of Giving DuPage's Volapalooza event, a special countywide recognition breakfast held at Bobak's Signature Events in Woodridge, which celebrated the efforts of scores of community volunteers who give generously of their time and talents to our area's not-for-profits.

More than 200 people attended the recent Community Connections Night in the Willowbrook Corner community where participants received family support and education on the coalition's executive functioning initiative.
hBright & Early DuPage Update
Through our Bright & Early DuPage initiative, the Foundation is helping local communities develop collaborative systems to ensure that DuPage children are ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten. Since the initiative's launch in 2012, the Foundation's financial investments and leadership have served as a major catalyst in changing the overall landscape of e arly childhood care and education in DuPage County.

This past summer, the Foundation awarded a Bright & Early DuPage grant to the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago to support the work of the Willowbrook Corner Early Childhood Coalition. The funding, which came from the Snodgrass Family Fund (see page 7 of our Fall 2017 newsletter for details), enabled the Coalition to hire Gloria McCants to develop their outreach to the many low-income and at-risk families living in that community. Read more

A special education student, William Krajecki (left) of Elmhurst, who attends the Bensenville-based Transition Learning Center meets with Laura Gonzalez (right), project supervisor for UCP Seguin's Building Bridges to the Future Transition Program.
iNot Taken for GRANTed
Recipients of Community Needs Grants
from the Foundation are required to submit final reports within one year describing the impact of the funding they rec eived. 

UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago was awarded a $15,000 grant in 2016 to support the Building Bridges to the Future Transition Program in DuPage County. The program facilitates the transition into adulthood of developmentally-disabled students (ages 14-25) by providing coaching, linkages to financial, medical, and legal resources, and adult services training experiences.  Read more

jFoundation Announces New Fund
The Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of a new fund:

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