March 2016 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
Saturday, March 12
Oswego Senior Center  Art &  Craft Fair  
Saturday, March 12
Suicide Prevention Services -
50 Men Who Cook Fundraiser

Friday, March 18, 2016
Quad County Urban League -
Women's Empowering Summit

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Kiwanis Club of Aurora Pancake Day

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Woman's Club of Aurora Fundraiser
& Celebration of 125th Anniversary

Monday, April 18, 2016
YWCA Leaders of Change Luncheon
featuring Dr. Bernice A. King

Sunday, April 24, 2016
For Scout Foundation -
A Social For Scout

Friday, April 29, 2016
Changing Children's Worlds Foundation - Improv Night and Silent Auction

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Elderday Center - Caring from the Heart Gala


Vets Week Aurora
The first annual Vets Week Aurora begins May 21, 2016! 

The Aurora Veterans Advisory Council has planned a week of events, from Armed Forces Day through Memorial Day, to celebrate, support and honor our veterans.  

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for organizations who wish to show their support of this event.

For information on how to become a sponsor and to view a schedule of the week's events, click here.


Grantee Spotlight

World Relief Aurora
World Relief Aurora recently received a grant from the Community Foundation for twenty laptop computers and a mobile teacher work station for its ESL program in Aurora which serves over 250 adult immigrants and refugees from around the world.

World Relief Aurora
Education Man
ager Liz Clinton  and Partnership Manager Tim Kustusch join ESL Instructor Emily Van Drew and her  students using the new laptops. 

World Relief is a faith based organization seeking to holistically serve immigrants and refugees of their communities in partnership with local churches and volunteers, while also fostering authentic relationships between these newcomers and their neighbors.  

To learn more, visit


Family Focus Aurora

Family Focus Aurora was the recipient of a grant for a new telephone system to manage the high volume of calls they receive, enabling the organization to better serve the community. 81% of families served by Family Focus Aurora are below the poverty level. Last year, Family Focus Aurora served 5,803 program participants and provided additional referrals, counseling and outreach to 2,854 individuals. Programs include a doula program for new parents, early childhood development education, parent mentoring programs in schools and immigration services.

Family Focus Aurora's Team

For more information on Family Focus, please call 630-844-2550 or visit


Our Donors
We are deeply grateful to the individuals, businesses and organizations that commit to the charitable needs of the community. Follow the links below to view our donors from the past year. 

The lists of our donors are updated quarterly. They are available to view on our website.
Swim City USA 
New Fund Supports Plan For Aquatic Center
Swim City USA Fund was created to support Swim City USA in its mission of building of a new indoor aquatics facility in the St. Charles area.

Currently Illinois does not possess adequate aquatic facilities to satisfy the needs and demands of its youth and adult programs. This void fueled the creation of Swim City USA.

The vision is simple: to develop a new indoor aquatics facility located for maximum impact offering year-round options benefiting multiple communities while minimizing the impact on tax payers.

Since its inception three years ago, Swim City USA has contracted with independent professionals to assess the feasibility of profitability of the project idea. The independent studies concluded a once-in-a-generation market exists for the right facility. The internal study of the St. Charles Park District, a leader in local aquatics programming, supported these conclusions. As a result, Swim City USA has partnered with the St. Charles Park District and Community Foundation to make the vision a reality.

"The Community Foundation is honored be to the fiscal agent for this project," stated Jeff Hartman, Foundation president and CEO. "This project is more than an aquatic center. It is a project that will have a ripple effect throughout the community, benefiting local businesses in just about every industry in the Fox River Valley. We look forward to working with Swim City USA and the St. Charles Park District on this unique public-private partnership."

Not only will this project touch the lives of those who use it on a day-to-day basis, but will serve as a community centerpiece, a source of pride and an economic engine for years to come.

The facility will be located at St. Charles Park District's East Side park, on land already owned by the district. It will be a social, health and economic center; an energetic force for change. The facility will contain two indoor pools - a large pool for lap swim, teaching, recreation and competition and a smaller pool for teaching, recreation and therapy.

"The facility will provide a home for local swimmers and water lovers, but our goal is so much more than that," explained Jack Yetter, co-founder of Swim City USA. "We envision the facility as a catalyst for community growth and a great boost to our local economy."

Swim City USA and the St. Charles Park District have taken up the cause of bringing this project to its completion but cannot do it without you. Achieving the goals set out in this mission requires community wide support. Once the benefits of the proposed facility are understood, community advocacy and support can propel the partnership to achieving the goal.

To learn more about Swim City USA and the proposed aquatics facility, explore
Pizza Party For Aurora Humane Society
HSA Celebrates 1st Anniversary at CFFRV Party
On Thursday, February 11, the Community Foundation hosted a pizza party for the Humane Society of Aurora (HSA). 

Every quarter, the Foundation randomly selects an agency that "likes" the Foundation on Facebook and treats them to a pizza party. HSA was the first winner.

The pizza party came at an opportune time for HSA, as they celebrated their first anniversary as an established non-profit organization on February 10th.

The Humane Society of Aurora is 100% volunteer-run. These volunteers dedicate endless hours of their spare time working at the shelter, coordinating fundraisers and reaching out to the community through social media.

At the event, Humane Society of Aurora 's president Joy Bokuniewicz spoke of the growth HSA has experienced over the past year.  The agency had over 80 volunteers go through orientation and training, and in 2015 the volunteers spent more than 3,700 hours at the shelter and events. This is an increase of 191% from 2014. HSA participated  in 28 days of off-site events last year, including 16 days at the Aurora Farmer's Market. As a direct result of these events, 31 pets were adopted. The events also spread the word about HSA, which leads to additional adoptions.

In 2015, HSA created    The Humane Society of Aurora Fund    to support the Humane Society and its adoption program. HSA works in partnership with Aurora Animal Control and Care to increase adoptions and rescues, improve shelter conditions, and to educate and assist the community in responsible pet ownership. 

Spring 2016 Grant Cycle Has Begun
CFFRV Now Accepting Letters of Intent
The Community Foundation is now accepting Letters of Intent for the Spring 2016 Grant Cycle.

In order to submit a grant proposal, the first step for all organizations is to complete a Letter of Intent, which is a brief online application available on the Foundation's grantmaking page.

Letters of Intent must be submitted by  Friday April 8, 2016 .

After the Letter of Intent is completed, the Foundation's director of community involvement and partnerships will contact the agency to determine eligibility, talk about the project and schedule a site visit.

Once the agency's eligibility is confirmed, they will receive an e-mail regarding the next steps for completing a grant proposal. For those eligible, the deadline to submit a grant proposal is noon on May 2, 2016.
Record-Breaking Scholarship News!
CFFRV Receives Record Number Of Applications
Thank you to all the students who applied for scholarships this year. We received  710 scholarship applications - the most in Foundation history!

If you submitted a scholarship application, remember to complete your Supplemental Application Information Form by Monday, March 14th.  FAFSA and SAR documentation is also due by March 14th. Be sure to check your e-mail regularly for any important messages from our scholarship team.

Beginning in May, the scholarship committee will review the applications. Applicants will be notified on June 1, 2016 as to whether or not they have received a Foundation scholarship.

If you have any questions, contact Heather Johnson, director of scholarships,  at (630) 896-7800 or .
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