October 2019 Edition
DeKalb County Community Foundation
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Happy Fall! Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to catch up on the announcements and activities of YOUR Community Foundation. For good. For ever. For DeKalb County.
New Fund Honors Lt. Jeffrey A. Trail 
Announcing the Jeffrey A. Trail Memorial Fund.  This Fund provides a scholarship to a recent high school graduate from DeKalb County who has been accepted to attend one of five U.S. service academies. The student will receive an additional scholarship award each year that he or she continues at the academy.

Jeffrey graduated from DeKalb High School in 1987. During his senior year, he applied for admission to the United States Naval Academy. For the next eight years he continued in his professional military education and duty.

New Scholarship Helps Students Grow with Ag Related Studies
Announcing the Donald and Patricia Pritchard Scholarship Fund. Awarded annually, the scholarship benefits a high school senior in DeKalb County who plans to attend the University of Illinois College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

The scholarship is named for Donald and Patricia Pritchard who have strong ties to DeKalb County even though life and work have led them to live in several other states.

Seeking Community Nominations for Excellence in Education Awards
We are currently seeking nominations for the Excellence in Education Awards. This is a great opportunity to honor local educators and support staff. Deadline for community nominations is November 1.

Thank you to donor Yvonne Johnson for her desire to make a lasting impact in DeKalb County!

October Stories of Generosity
Stories of Generosity:
  • Ariyana Williams (Sycamore)
  • Kay Lewis (DeKalb)
  • Ryan Bromberek (DeKalb)

Stories of Generosity - The prompt was simple. Each person was asked to define generosity or to share a story of a time where they heard about, witnessed, or experienced generosity (giving of one’s time, talent, or treasure). Thanks for listening!

Giving Option for Farmers and Landowners
Gift of Grain is a special giving option for farmers and landowners. By giving a gift of grain, farmers align generosity with their charitable interests and receive tax savings at the same time.

This giving option is made possible through a collaboration between the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation .

Grants Available for Nonprofits Who Serve the Underserved
Promise Grants are intended to inspire the community through programs or projects that build leadership skills and empower the underserved population in DeKalb County . A portion of this funding is dedicated to the support of early childhood literacy through direct outreach services. Deadline to request a grant is November 15, 2019.

Microgrant Program Supports Nonprofit Professional Development
Sponsored by First Midwest Bank, the  DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership   (DCNP) Microgrant Program recognizes the importance of professional development. Eligible organizations can apply for a grant (up to $250) as a funding boost to attend a conference, program, or training.

Making a Visible and Lasting Difference
As you plan for year-end giving, consider this, gifts to the Community Foundation make a visible and lasting difference in our community. 

Here are some ways to give this year:
  • In person or by mail = Cash or check to 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178
  • Online = Credit card or debit card dekalbccf.org/donate
  • Gift of Grain
  • Appreciated stocks, bonds, and mutual funds
  • IRA Charitable Rollover distribution
  • Life insurance policy
  • Estate planning

Your gift is greatly appreciated. Thank you!!

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