October E-Newsletter
New Funds
Association for Individual Development Fund

Document the Abuse Fund

John "Jack" Harness Memorial Scholarship Distribution Fund

Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 Scholarship Fund

100 Men Fox Valley Scholarship Fund 

Coffman Diesel/Automotive Scholarship Fund

Kim Schaubel-Groom Scholarship Fund

Dates & Deadlines
G rantmaking 

Nonprofits in our service area: 
Letters of Intent closed on 
September 30

Applications for the fall cycle are due 
November 1, 2019. 


Applications for the 2020 Scholarship Program will be available in early December 2019

Two YEP meetings are officially in the books! Click here for more information about the program. 

211 is a free resource that connects you to all human services in Kane County - it's "the number you call when you're not sure who to call". 

We recommend saving 211 in your phone so you can get or give help at a moment's notice. For more information on 211, click here

Nov. 12-18: Community Foundation Week 
National Community Foundation Week celebrates and recognizes the work of community foundations and " their collaborative and innovative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sector". 

Established in 1989, National Community Foundation Week coincides with National Philanthropy Day each year (Nov. 15). To learn more, click here

Interested in receiving our newsletters and Annual Report?
Our  Memorandum  newsletters are published twice a year and include engaging stories, Community Foundation news, tips, and more - perfect for staying up-to-date on our programs and projects. Our  Annual Report  takes a broader look at our benefits, types of funds we offer, financial information, and descriptions of endowment funds started by people in your community. 

To add your name to our print mailing list, or to inquire about any of our print or online publications, reach out to  Anna Oelerich at aoelerich@cffrv.org. 

Our Staff
Julie Christman 
VP of Community Involvement & Partnerships

Johnna Hollis
Office Manager

Anna Oelerich
Communications Associate

Greg Probst
Director of Finance & Operations 

Rhonda Soos
Director of Scholarships 

Can you believe GivingTuesday is just 40 days away?

Dunham Fund, Forefront, and CFFRV have been partnering to provide workshops for nonprofits in the Fox River Valley to prepare them for GivingTuesday on December 3.

We all have an opportunity to champion giving in our community - here's how you can participate: 

For Donors: View a list of participating organizations in the Fox Valley and read more about their specific fundraisers. At the time of publishing, the list showed 44 registered nonprofits!

For Businesses: Your for-profit business can create a fundraiser by rallying around one or more organizations or causes. #ILGive makes it simple with a Getting Ready Guide, incentive ideas, sample communications, and more! 

For Nonprofits: #ILGive's Training Videos offer helpful tips and tricks for successful campaigns. Whether this is your first #ILGive or you consider yourself a pro, these videos provide insight on everything from setting goals to thanking donors. 

Our final workshop takes place on Tuesday, Nov. 5! If you're interested in attending, contact Vicki Morcos, Dunham Fund's Partnership Officer, at vmorcos@dunhamfund.org. 

High school and college students:
CFFRV scholarship applications will be available in early December! Here are seven quick tips to help navigate our application process amid a busy school schedule
  • Start early! The sooner you start, the sooner you'll gain momentum. Review the items you'll need to fill out or attach before you begin. 
  • Think (now!) about who you'd like to write your letters of recommendationIf you're feeling busy, remember your teachers and coaches feel the same way. Giving your favorite faculty plenty of time to write a letter for your application does them a favor as well - chances are, other students will be requesting a letter from them too.
  • Complete your 2020-21 FAFSA ASAPExperts recommend filing a FAFSA as early as possible, as some programs have limited funding and therefore award on a first-come, first-served basis.  
  • Schedule standardized tests - and do your best! This information, though optional, adds greater detail to your application. If you plan on taking the ACT and/or SAT, set yourself up for success by taking practice tests or studying with a friend. 
  • "Pad" your submission time. Life happens - and that includes pop quizzes, poor sleep, and faulty Wi-Fi connection. Do your best to finish your application well before the due date - you'll be thankful you mapped out that "just in case" time. 
  • Check your emails. This is where you'll receive important information regarding your application status. Block out a time in your schedule to look through your inbox and stay in the loop. 
  • Relax. Think of this application as a chance to showcase your academic strengths, your hobbies and skills, and your goals for the future. Remember, though, that your worth ultimately doesn't come from a grade or a trophy. Stay positive!
Questions about the Scholarship Program? Contact Rhonda Soos at rsoos@cffrv.org or 331-208-9421. 

Bucket of Love founder Elizabeth Loving (center) poses with son and Bucket of Love participant, Terrell Johnson (left), CFFRV Communications Associate Anna Oelerich (right) - and a poster made by the dance team. 

Walk into the Aurora Township Youth Center on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon and you'll find an energetic dance rehearsal.

You'll hear it before you see it - African, Latin, and hip-hop songs bursting through a speaker, filling the room, as children and teens in matching t-shirts step, sway, and spin.

A recent grant from CFFRV is helping Bucket of Love expand their programs. Click here to read the full story. 


No Small Matter  features "powerful stories and stunning truths about the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education to benefit America's social and economic future".
Last month, we gathered with regional policymakers, educators, families, and other foundations for the local premiere of No Small Matter at Hollywood Palms Cinema in Naperville. 

We were thrilled to co-sponsor this event, which was spearheaded by our friends at DuPage Children's Museum and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago . The event spurred important conversations about early childhood care, experiences, and education. 

"As neighbors of DuPage County, we know that children and families in our service area are experiencing many of the same issues that children and families face in DuPage, throughout our region, in Illinois, and nationally," said Julie Christman. "As a community foundation, we are committed to having these conversations, understanding these issues, and partnering with our local agencies to make a difference."

Click here to watch a quick video on the premiere. 

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