November 2017 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."

Upcoming Events
Thursday, November 23
Lazarus House's Thanksgiving Feast at St. Charles Salvation Army

Thursday, November 30th
CASA Kane County's Holiday Extravaganza

Saturday, December 2
TriCity Family Services' Snowflake Shuffle 5/10K Run + Walk

Wednesday, December 6
Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Jingle & Mingle Holiday Celebration

Wednesday, December 6
Geneva History Museum's Merry Mixer

Friday, December 8
Geneva History Museum's Christmas Luncheon

December 8 - December 10
Winterfest Art Market at Water Street Studios

Saturday, December 9
O'Malley's Holiday Fundraiser to Benefit Hesed House

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley administers  more than 500 charitable funds. From funds assisting the grantmaking program, to agency and institutional endowments, to scholarships supporting hundreds of students in a variety of educational fields, there is a fund dedicated to a cause of importance to you! 

Please consider the Community Foundation during this season of giving!



The Community Foundation's Fall/Winter 2017 Memorandum has been mailed. An electronic version of the Memorandum can be viewed on our website.

Office Closures

The Community Foundation offices be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 in celebration of Thanksgiving. 

Grantee Spotlight
Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry

Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry recently received a Community Foundation grant to provide for facility repairs and equipment, and upgrades to their website.

Their mission is to help end local hunger by ensuring that everyone has access to enough nourishing food, thereby helping our overall community stay healthy and productive. 

The holidays can be an especially busy time for food pantries. If you are in need or want to volunteer, please check out their website:

A Pinch of Happiness
Celebrate Differences of Oswego recently received a Community Foundation grant for equipment, technology, and supplies for its new employee training program at A Pinch of Happiness Spice Shop. This shop provides the highest-quality, freshest, and most flavorful spices, teas, extracts, and coffee, while serving a purpose!

This is just one of the many ways that Celebrate Differences is committed to supporting individuals with disabilities in reaching their fullest potential. For more information about all of their services and programs, please visit their website:

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.
Giving Tuesday is November 28!
Local Non-Profits Participate in #ILGive 

Illinois' Giving Tuesday campaign,  #ILGive ,  is a way to engage Illinoisans in a day of giving to non-profit organizations. Non-profit organizations across the state have registered with #ILGive, making it easy for people to donate to their favorite charities and causes in their communities. Last year, Illinois non-profit organizations raised $11.3 million on Giving Tuesday! Here are links to the #ILGive profiles of this year's many local participating agencies: 

Visit  to search all organizations and causes in Illinois.
Scholarship Applications Now Open
Apply Online November 20 - February 5, 2018

It's time to apply for your Community Foundation Scholarship!
Apply online by visiting
The deadline to submit an application is Monday, February 5 at 4 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

There are over 200 scholarship funds within the Community Foundation. For the 2017-2018 academic year, the Foundation awarded over $1.2 million in scholarships to help more than 360 students over the next four years of their schooling. 

The Community Foundation offers scholarships to students who are planning to attend an accredited institution of higher education on a full-time basis, and who live in the Foundation's service area (the Greater Aurora Area, the Tri-Cities, and Kendall County, Illinois).

For further information,  visit our scholarship page
Geneva Academic Foundation Funds
GAF Launches "Viking Voyage to Excellence"
The Geneva Academic Foundation (GAF) is a non-profit organization that raises money each year to fund grants for the purchase of equipment, tools, programs and services for the teachers and classrooms throughout  Geneva Community School District #304, as well as two annual scholarships for graduating seniors from Geneva High School.  Since 1987, the role of the GAF in Geneva has been to provide an ongoing bridge to academic enrichment for all students across all schools in the district.  To date, GAF has contributed over $1.3 million to teacher-inspired innovations.

The Geneva Academic Foundation recently established four funds within the Community Foundation to support their various objectives: 
To make a classroom successful, the teacher must have the ability to create and deliver an experience that motivates students to succeed. But what if you want to make a classroom extraordinary? Then the teachers and students need you. GAF donors play a critical role in helping young minds come alive and thrive. There are so many innovative tools, resources and programs available to qualified teachers to help students not only succeed, but exceed their individual potential.

As the strain on school budgets continues, it is more important than ever for GAF to continue its mission of funding grants that enhance the education of Geneva students. GAF has launched the "Viking Voyage to Excellence" campaign to support the GAF Endowment Fund, which will provide GAF with a sustainable and consistent funding source for annual grant requests from Geneva schools and teachers.

Donations of any amount to the Endowment Fund are appreciated, but donors at certain levels will be recognized with a brass emblem engraved with their name and donation level on a permanent model Viking Ship display in the main hall of Geneva High School.
For more information about the Geneva Academic Foundation and its endowment campaign, download the Viking Voyage to Excellence Brochure. Read about the classroom innovations funded by donations to GAF in the Inspiring Young Minds Brochure.
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