2021 Grants Accepted through October the 15th

✨Announcing RFP grant recipients soon! ✨

Nonprofit Survey

Please take advantage of this opportunity for your organization’s voice to be heard. This brief, anonymous survey takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Complete one survey for each office. Thank you for your time and feedback. Questions? Contact communityneeds@cffrv.org

The Nonprofit Survey will be open through Friday, August 5, 2022.

Our Mission

Making the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper.

What We Fund


We believe that access to strong early care and education opportunities is the foundation of a child’s success in school and in life.

Economic Growth

We believe that by investing in people’s skill-sets and building economic opportunity, we can foster a strong workforce for our community.


We believe in building and maintaining a vibrant community where people have equitable access to healthcare, cultural opportunities, and human services so all our neighbors can flourish and thrive.

Our Legacy

Community Calendar

Please check back soon for upcoming events. Thank you!

Community Updates

Ready for the Future

The Dunham Foundation is proposing to local nonprofit organizations that serve youth within the Dunham Foundation Service Area a new grant program, Ready for the Future: Out-of-School Educational Enrichment Opportunities

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Community Needs Assessment Report

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley and the Dunham Foundation partnered with a national consulting firm to conduct a Community Needs Assessment, which began in 2021. Neither organization

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Partnering For Impact

The Dunham Foundation believes in the importance of partnerships between all stakeholders as a collaborative effort to address the many needs in our community. These partnerships include key funders, other nonprofits, and local government agencies.

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Professional Development Workshops

One way the Dunham Foundation cultivates valuable collaboration is by providing and coordinating professional development workshops throughout the year.

Grant FAQs

The Foundation accepts grant requests from 501(c)(3) organizations that are involved in education and community development programs — the building blocks that will, in founder John Dunham’s words, “make the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind.”

The Foundation also gives preference to organizations located within the broad Aurora, Illinois community, specifically within the territory bounded by Illinois State Route 38 on the north and U.S. Route 34 on the south; and by Illinois State Routes 59 on the east and 47 on the west.

The Dunham Foundation’s primary grant making goal is to measurably and permanently impact the Dunham Foundation service area through start up support of new or uniquely enhanced educational and community development programs and capital projects that address a documented need and are innovative, collaborative and potentially self-sustaining, while being purposefully designed to effect positive change through close alignment with the missions of the grant seeking organization and the Dunham Foundation.

Those grant proposals that closely adhere to this grant making goal are most likely to be considered for and receive funding. The terms and elements of the Dunham Foundation grant making goal are more extensively defined in the Dunham Foundation Online Grant Guidelines.

That depends, of course, on the amount and intent of the funds requested. Grants are ordinarily made for one year only and are generally limited to $1 million. The Dunham Foundation encourages the participation of others in funding projects, and on occasion provides matching funds and challenge grants in an attempt to stimulate increased response from other sources. Click here to learn more about Dunham Foundation grants.

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