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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.
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.
Always a lover of learning, John and his wife, Judy, visited Japan several times to study and implement an innovative concept at the time – Just-in-time (JIT) manufacturing. He also relished mentoring young people interested in business, finance, and manufacturing, incorporating lessons on confidentiality, self-presentation, and promptness.
To pay tribute to the community that gave so much to him and his family, the Dunham Foundation was established in 1996 to “make the world a more comfortable, safer place for mankind to live and prosper.” The Foundation became active shortly after John passed away in 2006, with the first grants awarded in 2007. Honoring John’s love of education – and his life and career as an entrepreneur, manufacturer, and mentor – the Dunham Foundation strives to honor his vision for building a healthy, thriving community.
The Dunham Foundation seeks grant applications from nonprofits whose work aligns with the Foundation’s mission. Organizations that encourage innovation and collaboration in educational and community development programs and projects to effect positive change in the Dunham Foundation service area.
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Fifteen years honoring John C. Dunham’s legacy
2022 marks the Dunham Foundation’s fifteenth anniversary. The Dunham Foundation Board has been focused on making John C. Dunham’s vision a reality. His mission of “building a healthy, thriving community”
ScaleUp program leads to sweet success for Ms. Jana’s Candy
Women’s Business Development Center’s (WBDC) ScaleUp program has helped many Aurora-area small businesses reach new growth potential. Ms. Jana’s Candy is a great example of how interactive business classes can
Opening doors to education enriches community: A mother and daughter’s journey
Rosa Alegria and her husband came to the U.S. for a better life. They had no support since all of their family members were in Mexico. Shortly thereafter Rosa had
Reflecting on 2021 as we move forward
The Dunham Foundation is honored to support the many nonprofits who have provided much-needed services for those affected by the pandemic and the unintended consequences in its wake. With these
GivingTuesday: Gifting that gives back!
We’ve all heard of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, but do you know about GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving? Since 2016, The Dunham Foundation has provided digital
Playful Learning Landscapes Project comes to Aurora
As parents or caregivers, we continuously look for opportunities to keep our kids engaged while we go about our everyday activities – grocery shopping, laundry, doctors’ visits, even walking to
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.
For the community. For you.
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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.
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.