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September, 2014
September, 2014 - In This Issue:
Celebrating the Arts at A.U.
New Season Begins

Community Foundation President & CEO -  Sharon Stredde
The Community Foundation and Aurora University share the mission of promoting the arts throughout the Fox River Valley.  For the past eight years, our two organizations have partnered in bringing quality programs and lectures to the community through the University's Arts & Ideas Series.  This year, the Community Foundation is co-sponsoring a dramatization of the life of Marie Curie by Susan Marie Frontczak.  Please join us on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in the Crimi 
Auditorium for another outstanding program arranged by Aurora University.

Photo:  Susan Marie Frontczak as Marie Curie
Mark your Calendars!
Grant applications are due 
in the Community Foundation office by noon on Monday, November 3.  If your organization is considering applying for a grant this fall, please contact 
Ralph Voris  to discuss your 
application and to schedule a site visit. 
Ralph Voris

Congratulations to former Community Foundation Board Chairman, David Hipp, on the publication of his book "Reflections on the Transformation of Industrial Aurora".  Dave will be at the Aurora Historical Society on Friday, October 3 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. for a book signing.


Keep 5 in the Fox
Did You Know?  Projections indicate that more than $5 billion will be transferred from one generation to the next in Kane and Kendall Counties from 2007 - 2017.

If just 5% were set aside in endowment funds within the Community Foundation, more than $12.5 million would be available for grants each year from the income generated by the gifted amounts.

Have you considered establishing your named fund at the Community Foundation with just 5% from your estate?

Look at what just 5% can do!


Quote of the Day
"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." 

- Mark Twain

The best commentary on Twain's words is a quote from John Holmes: "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."
Way Cool!
Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Big Money for ALS

By Mark Hrywna
September 2, 2014, The NonProfitTimes

Lou Gehrig's Disease probably hasn't received this much exposure since the Hall of Fame first baseman's famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium 75 years ago.

The Ice Bucket Challenge dominated social media in August, sparking a viral campaign that had people posting videos but also donating to the ALS Association and other charities related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's Disease as it is more commonly known.

In what has probably become the largest viral campaign for a charity since Invisible Children's #Kony2012, the Washington, D.C.-based national office of the ALS Association and its 38 chapters nationwide reported donations of more than $31.5 million between July 29 and Aug. 19 - almost 20 times more than the $1.9 million raised during the same time in 2013. The organization gained nearly 638,000 new donors at presstime.

ALS Association and its affiliates had reported $4 million raised since July 29 with 75,091 new donors, heading into the week of Aug. 11, when the campaign really took off:

Local Ice Bucket Challenge Participants! 

Ice Bucket Challenge
Community Foundation's Jeff Hartman Participates in
Ice Bucket Challenge
Dunham Fund: ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted
Dunham Fund Participates in Ice Bucket Challenge

Have you participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?  Share your video and the Community Foundation will feature your favorite charity on its website.  Send your video, as well as the name of your favorite charity, to jhartman@communityfoundationfrv.org  
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