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Winter 2020

Area Nonprofits Score Big with the 2020 #GivingTuesday Campaign!

Close to 5,600 donors generously contributed nearly $1.3 million to 59 Fox Valley service agencies. Earlier this year, the Dunham Fund provided virtual marketing workshops to help local nonprofits become prepared for this fundraising event.

The Dunham Fund and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley collectively provided an additional $24,000 in incentive awards this year. The following eligible organizations’ names were drawn at random to each receive a $2,000 incentive award at 2020 #GivingTuesday Virtual Celebration that was held on December 15th.

2020 Incentive Award Recipients

A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools
Fox Valley Hands of Hope
Fox Valley Music Foundation
Fox Valley Special Recreation
Fox Valley United Way
Kaneland Foundation
Lazarus House
Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
Marquee Youth Stage
Mikva Challenge
The Albright Community Theatre
TriCity Family Services

The Dunham Fund is proud to support the local Fox Valley area service agencies during the 2020 #GivingTuesday campaign. Thank you to area business partners and individuals who helped incentivize individual giving with matching dollars and peer-to-peer fundraising efforts!

Together, our community helped to raise more than $1 million for Fox Valley area nonprofits.

A Trusted Partner to Nonprofits and Grantmakers

Forefront is making a vibrant social impact by providing education, advocacy, and thought-leadership to nonprofits and grantmakers in Illinois. Since 2011, Forefront has partnered with the Dunham Fund to provide training, resources, and fundraising opportunities for the Aurora area and Fox River Valley’s nonprofit community.

Forefront’s trainings have included workshops on nonprofit financial health, prospect research, strategic partnerships, and digital fundraising. Over the last four years, the Fall Workshop Series has been dedicated to strengthening skills needed for a successful #GivingTuesday campaign. This year more than 5,500 generous donors gave nearly $1.3M to local nonprofits.

In 2016, the Dunham Fund began investing in Forefront’s Mission Sustainability Initiative (MSI), a program that provides confidential, friendly, and effective advice and resources to nonprofits in Kane County and surrounding areas. MSI refers organizations to pro bono legal assistance and paid consultants specializing in nonprofit strategic partnerships and offers a repository of toolkits, research, best practices, and educational events.

“The support from the Dunham Fund ensures that the MSI can assist area nonprofits looking to strengthen their organization through strategic partnerships.” —Vicki Morcos, Dunham Fund, President and CEO

In November, Forefront announced that Monique Brunson Jones would join the organization as President & CEO starting in January 2021. Monique comes with an extensive background in mental health, violence prevention, and philanthropy and will be an incredible asset to Forefront and its work throughout the state of Illinois.

The Dunham Fund’s board and staff value both the importance of investing in our community’s immediate and long-term needs. Our partnership with Forefront ensures that our community’s nonprofits continue to receive cutting-edge resources and best practices to serve our neighbors in need.

The Board of Advisors and Staff of the Dunham Fund wish you a holiday season filled with an abundance of love, peace and time well-spent with others.

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