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Spring 2016

F O C U S Spring


Foundation Kicks Off 30th Anniversary

Celebrating $25 Million in Cumulative Grants

and Jerry Bradshaw shared a vision of raising the quality of life throughout DuPage County. Thirty years later, that vision continues to resonate and guide the DuPage Foundation as we have grown to become DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. With more than 300 funds under management today, the

In 1986, our founders Brooks McCormick, Mary Eleanor Wall

Foundation has built its endowment to approximately $63 million and recently surpassed the $25 million mark in total grants awarded to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond. “I couldn’t be prouder of reaching this milestone,” said Dave

communities and launched special initiatives like Arts DuPage, Bright & Early DuPage, Communityworks, Financial Literacy,

the JCS Fund’s Young People’s Music Initiative, and the Next Generation Initiative to provide collaborative and impactful solutions. The Foundation takes great pride in its accomplishments and

wishes to thank all of our donors, volunteers, partners and other friends for their invaluable support. We look forward to celebrating these two significant milestones with you throughout 2016.

Inside this Issue: Moving the Needle on Kindergarten Readiness

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Beles Supports Priorities, Moy Invests in Futures of York High School Students, Foundation Staff Promotions Foundation’s Annual Benefit Grosses Record $480,000!

Tylke and Pearch Join Foundation Staff, Foundation Welcomes Megan Shebik to Grant Committee

How Will You Be Remembered?, Is a Charitable Gift Annuity Right for You?

Arts Consultant Cheryl Yuen (yellow sweater) guided focus group participants through a nearly year-long study to gather valuable data to help shape its new Arts DuPage initiative.

McGowan, Foundation president & CEO. “Our donors have made an incredible difference in the community during the last 30 years.” We have also identified pressing challenges affecting our

Arts DuPage Launch Plants Seeds for Cultural Enrichment

as director of Arts DuPage, she reiterated results from the year-long study conducted by the DuPage Foundation. “In focus groups, people told us they had no idea there were so many interesting art, music and theater events occurring in the county,” said Tylke. “Many commented that the arts in DuPage are one of its best kept secrets. With the launch of Arts DuPage, we’re not going to keep them a secret anymore.” Arts DuPage is a new county-wide arts

When Lisa Tylke assumed her new role

council focused on promoting creativity and nurturing engagement and investment in the arts throughout DuPage County. “I’m so excited that the DuPage Foundation is the organization to bring Arts DuPage to fruition,” said Foundation Vice President

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