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#GivingTuesday Incentive Awards

Grant Amount $20,000

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

#ILGive Incentive Awards

Grant Amount $35,000

#ILGive on GivingTuesday is gaining major traction as a unique way to encourage individuals to support their favorite charity or cause on a specific day. It is also a great way for nonprofits to build their skills in digital marketing and digital fundraising. Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement and ILGive is specific to nonprofits in Illinois. This years event is held on November 27th.

In partnership with Forefront, educational workshops are held for nonprofits in the Dunham Fund Service Area and the broader Fox River Valley during the fall leading up to Thanksgiving.

These workshops teach nonprofits skills needed to run successful digital marketing and fundraising, best practices for hosting an #ILGive campaign and how to engage others to support their campaign the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.


Last year $13.5M was raised for service agencies across Illinois. In the Dunham Fund Service Area, $625,000 was donated by 1,710 individuals to 58 nonprofits in 2017.

In 2018, 9,370,640 was raised across Illinois for nonprofit agencies. For those organizations who have participated in GivingTuesday workshops hosted in partnership by the Dunham Fund and the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 77 nonprofit organizations received over $813,800 from 2,530 donors.


At a celebration party held in honor of those nonprofits who attended the 2018 workshops and participated in the #ILGive campaign – ten nonprofit names will be drawn during the party for qualifying organizations and will receive a Dunham Fund grant of $3,500 in addition to what they raise during the campaign.

Recipients are:

Association for Individual Development

Aurora East Educational Foundation

Family Focus

Fox Valley Park District

Fox Valley hands of Hope

Giant Steps

Marklund

Mutual Ground

Spectrios

World Relief

#ILGive Incentive Awards

Grant Amount $36,000

#ILGive on GivingTuesday is gaining major traction as a unique way to encourage individuals to support their favorite charity or cause on a specific day. It is also a great way for nonprofits to build their skills in digital marketing and digital fundraising. GivingTuesday is a global giving movement and #ILGive is specific to nonprofits in Illinois.

In partnership with Forefront, educational workshops are held for nonprofits in the Dunham Fund Service Area and the broader Fox River Valley during the fall leading up to Thanksgiving. These workshops teach nonprofits skills needed to run successful digital marketing and fundraising, best practices for hosting an #ILGive campaign and how to engage others to support their campaign the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

The Dunham Fund is designating $36,000 in grant dollars towards #ILGive Incentive Awards. After the GivingTuesday event, qualifying organizations will have a chance to win a $2,000 Incentive Award — in addition to the money they raise during the #ILGive campaign. 18 Incentive Awards will be randomly drawn and awarded to qualifying organizations at a post-event Celebration Party.

Following a successful #ILGive Campaign, eighteen grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations in the Dunham Foundation Service Area.

360 Youth Services

Grant Amount $30,000

A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools

Grant Amount $28,250

In partnership with the West Aurora School District (WASD), Fox Valley Park District (FVPD) and the WAHS class of ’68, the Dunham Fund provided a $3,250 grant and $25,000 of a $1 for $1 challenge grant. WASD and FVPD both also contributed $50,000 towards this project.

The grant will provide for the creation of the new Wally Smith Playground at Hill Elementary in the Illinois School District 129. Hill school currently has a playground for younger children. The new playground will be designed for 3-5th-grade children.

Wally Smith grew up across from and attended Hill Elementary. Upon graduating from Aurora University, he taught in the West Aurora School District for 30 years before his passing in 2015. This playground will honor his legacy and leave a lasting impact on West Aurora students at the school where Smith faithfully taught.

A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools

Grant Amount $325,000

In August 2019, West Aurora School District opened the Weisner Family Center for Career Development (Weisner Center). This 18,000 square foot facility is designed to provide advanced educational and work-based learning and training to high school juniors and seniors; providing students with hands-on technical training in the areas of advanced manufacturing and welding. The Weisner Center combines rigorous academics with strong technical education to equip students with the skills and credentials to succeed in whichever career path they choose.

The Weisner Center features four classroom bays for flexible programming and 18 welding booths. Programming could include HVAC, diesel repair, advanced building trades, and mechatronics. Students will receive a 10-hour safety certificate through the program and will also have access to job shadow programs and internships.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools’ Weisner Center and its efforts to provide the best opportunities for our youth to advance in the increasingly competitive job market and create a sustainable career.

This grant supported the West Aurora School District’s Weisner Family Center for Career Develoment.

Advance Illinois

Grant Amount $100,000

Agape Connection

Grant Amount $15,000

Since its establishment in 1991, Agape Connection, Inc. has sought to prepare young people in the local community to be knowledgeable and culturally aware citizens and leaders. The Dunham Fund is proud to support Agape Connection’s 2018 Sankofa Summer School of History, Culture, and Creativity. This education program will help lay a foundation of knowledge and understanding of local children regarding African and African American culture. Sankofa Summer School provides an immersive, hands-on environment for students to explore topics related to diversity, African and African American heritage, and community leadership.

The program takes place at St. John Church in Aurora and students travel around the community to expand their perspective, engage in hands-on learning, and experience cultural diversity.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support a program that fosters education of cultures and empathy towards others.

Agape Connection Inc.

Grant Amount $2,500

This grant from the Dunham Fund provided sponsorship support for Agape Connection’s Sankofa Saturday School of History, Culture, and Creativity fundraiser.

Agape Connections

Grant Amount $

This grant from the Dunham Fund provided sponsorship support for Agape Connection’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

Agape Connections, Inc.

Grant Amount $50,000

Since its establishment in 1991, Agape Connection, Inc. has sought to prepare young people in the local community to be knowledgeable and culturally aware citizens and leaders. Through its Sankofa Program, Agape provides an immersive, hands-on environment through weekly classes for students grades 1-8 to explore topics related to diversity, African and African American heritage, and community leadership.

A $50,000 grant from the Dunham Fund is proud to support Agape Connection’s 2019-2010 Sankofa School of History, Culture, and Creativity. This education program will help lay a foundation of knowledge and understanding of local children regarding African and African American culture.

The program takes place at St. John Church in Aurora and students travel around the community to expand their perspective, engage in hands-on learning, and experience cultural diversity.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support a program that fosters the education of cultures and empathy towards others.

This grant supported the Sankofa School of History, Culture, and Crativity.

Air Classics Museum of Aviation

Grant Amount $14,400

The Air Classics Museum of Aviation, which opened in 1990 at the Aurora Municipal Airport, features a collection of aircraft, vehicles, uniforms, and other aviation memorabilia from the 1930s to present time where you can even climb into the pilot’s seat of a UH-1 Huey helicopter.

This grant from the Dunham Fund will help the Air Classics Museum of Aviation launch a Feasibility Study for expansion of the Museum, to bring a newly constructed venue and gathering space, along with new programming, with a specific focus on active and retired military families.

This grant supported the launch of a feasibility study for the Museum’s expansion.

Annunciation BVM Catholic Elementary School

Grant Amount $140,577

In 2017, Annunciation School launched a new, cutting-edge STEM curriculum and a new designated science lab designed to help prepare students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The new lab will provide a dedicated space to help students fully utilize the new STEM curriculum through hands-on engagement.

The new curriculum and laboratory will help prepare 230 Annunciation students, who all live in the Dunham Fund service area, for success in STEM courses at the high school and college level.

To support this curriculum and STEM initiative, Annunciation School will also offer a Lego and robotics program as after school and summer camp opportunities, open to both Annunciation students and Aurora District 131 students.

This will be the first private school in east Aurora offering a robust STEM program with a dedicated science lab, with the goal of fostering interest in STEM fields and preparing students to excel in STEM-based private and public high school courses.

Dunham Fund is proud to partner with Annunciation School to help bring STEM education to the east Aurora community and more than 200 local students through a grant of $140,577.

Association for Individual Development

Grant Amount $100,000

Association for Individual Development

Grant Amount $15,000

The annual Association for Individual Development (AID) Benefit Auction supports AID’s programs that help local residents with physical, developmental, and intellectual challenges enjoy lives of dignity and purpose. The Benefit Auction will raise much needed funds to support AID programs and services, which are expanding to meet local needs.

There are approximately 1,500 children and adults with disabilities living in the Dunham Fund service area who are on waiting lists, not receiving adequate care from service organizations due to backlog. AID’s goal is to eliminate this waiting list and provide vital support and services to all local people in need.

This $15,000 Dunham Fund grant will support AID fundraising efforts as a sponsor for the 2019 annual AID Benefit Auction.

This grant supported AID’s annual Benefit Auction.

Association for Individual Development (AID)

Grant Amount $15,000

The annual Association for Individual Development (AID) Benefit Auction supports AID’s programs that help local residents with physical, developmental, and intellectual challenges enjoy lives of dignity and purpose. The Benefit Auction will raise much needed funds to support AID programs and services, which are expanding to meet local needs.

There are approximately 1,500 children and adults with disabilities living in the Dunham Fund service area who are on waiting lists, not receiving adequate care from service organizations due to backlog. AID’s goal is to eliminate this waiting list and provide vital support and services to all local people in need.

This $15,000 Dunham Fund grant will support AID fundraising efforts as a sponsor for the 2019 annual AID Benefit Auction.

Association for Individual Development (AID)

Grant Amount $100,000

This Dunham Fund Interim Grant provides funding to human service providers who are responding to the emerging needs of those in our community affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Aurora Area African American Men of Unity

Grant Amount $12,000

Aurora Area African American Men of Unity

Grant Amount $65,700

Aurora Area African American Men of Unity (AAMOU)’s FIRE program provides mentoring to at-risk Aurora high schoolers to help them achieve their full potential. Through group and one-on-one mentoring, this program provides students with strategies, coping techniques, and tools to help them make decisions that lead to lifelong success. FIRE’s innovative behavior intervention program takes students who have been suspended, expelled, arrested, or have gang affiliation and provides positive intentional mentoring.

The Dunham Fund is proud to partner with AAMOU to support the FIRE program. This grant, which will be paid out over two years, allows FIRE to reach 100 at-risk area students through intensive mentoring that includes life coaching, tutoring, counseling, behavior management, job and career counseling, pre-apprenticeship sessions, paid internship opportunities, and skill development. The skills learned at FIRE can transform lives and help at risk area students become self sufficient, find careers, continue education, and make a living wage. This grant will be paid equally over two years in 2018 and 2019.

Aurora Area African American Men of Unity

Grant Amount $12,000

This Dunham Fund Interim Grant provides funding to human service providers who are responding to the emerging needs of those in our community affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Aurora East Educational Foundation

Grant Amount $675,000

Building on the ongoing successes of the Dunham Fund-supported Benavides STEAM Academy, East Aurora School District 131 is developing three new grade-level STEAM academies: Rollins STEAM Academy (kindergarten – 2nd grade), Oak Park STEM Academy (3rd grade – 5th grade), and Beaupre STEM Academy (3rd grade – 5th grade).

This new project will redesign three existing elementary schools into new grade level centers, creating academies focused on a challenging integration of core content within STEM-based electives. These new academies will also emphasize community involvement through community events, including STEM-a-Palooza, an event for students and their families to participate in hands-on activities, and the Aurora STEM/STEAM Institute, a two-day professional development session for 400 educators in Kane County.

To help facilitate this large and important restructure, Dunham Fund will provide a total of $675,000 over the three years ($225,000 in 2018, 2019 and 2020) to help build these new STEM/STEAM academies. This funding will help provide 1,200 students a new educational environment, iPads loaded with textbooks and STEM software, support the renovation of four classrooms into interactive learning spaces, provide an annual professional development institute for upwards of 400 teachers to learn about STEM education, and support community STEM/STEAM events.

Rollins STEAM Academy, Oak Park STEM Academy and Beaupre STEM Academy will be managed by an interdisciplinary team of local educators, scientists, and community experts who will develop engaging STEM/STEAM curriculum and foster a cutting-edge learning environment for local students.

Aurora East Educational Foundation

Grant Amount $6,500

This Dunham Fund Interim Grant provides funding to human service providers who are responding to the emerging needs of those in our community affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Aurora Greenfest

Grant Amount $5,000

The Conservation Foundation presented the 9th Annual Aurora GreenFest on September 22, 2018. GreenFest is a free event that brings ideas for everyday sustainable living and conservation to the Aurora Area; including protecting local water supplies, appreciating the natural environment and wildlife, growing organic food at home, and supporting local food systems.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support GreenFest again this year. Helping keep the festival free allows more people in the community to enjoy GreenFest, learn how to adopt a green and energy saving lifestyle, help to keep the Fox Valley sustainable and beautiful for generations to come.

Aurora GreenFest

Grant Amount $5,000

GreenFest is a free event that brings ideas for everyday sustainable living and conservation to the Aurora Area; including protecting local water supplies, appreciating the natural environment and wildlife, growing organic food at home, and supporting local food systems. This is the 10th Annual festival hosted by the Conservation Foundation.

The Dunham Fund is proud to support GreenFest again this year. Helping keep the festival free allows more people in the community to enjoy GreenFest, learn how to adopt a green and energy saving lifestyle, help to keep the Fox Valley sustainable and beautiful for generations to come.

This grant supported the 2019 Aurora GreenFest.

Aurora Hispanic Heritage Advisory Board

Grant Amount $21,500

The Dunham Fund is supporting two programs that will enhance services provided to local youth.

  • AHHAB ScholarshipProgram: $20,000
  • AHHAB CommunityBreakfast: $1,500

AHHAB Scholarship Program / $20,000

With this $20,000 grant, Dunham Fund will provide financial assistance to the City of Aurora Hispanic Heritage Board (AHHAB) for its college scholarship program. The scholarship fund is administered by the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley.


AHHAB Community Breakfast / $1,500

A $1,500 grant supports the AHHAB Community Breakfast where awards and scholarships are presented to recipients.

This grant supported the scholarship program and annual Community Breakfast.

Aurora Public Library Foundation

Grant Amount $100,000

Aurora Public Library (APL) is where people come to discover, create, connect, and succeed. For residents who cannot utilize services onsite, APL brings the library to them.

The Bookmobile, the mobile branch of the APL system, has served more than 35,000 individuals and made more than 8,000 visits to schools, senior living centers, parks, and housing units throughout the community during the last 66 years.

As the Aurora Public Library prepares to retire the current Bookmobile, it is looking for an opportunity to construct a state-of-the-art Bookmobile that aligns with new technology and would sport an innovative layout that allows APL to customize services based on the needs of each location.

Support from the Dunham Fund helped to support the start of the Bookmobile’s Capital Campaign.

This grant supported the start of a capital campign for the APL’s new Bookmobile.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Grant Amount $45,000

Fires are the third leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14. Research shows that a home fire occurs every 88 seconds, with 77% of fire-related deaths occurring in homes. In 2017, the Fire Museum added fire safety to its mission and has worked to develop and fabricate new experiences that center on fire safety and prevention.

Support from the Dunham Fund will help the Fire Museum develop the exhibit, Staying Safe: From Firehouse to Your House, a hands-on interactive experience designed for children and families to learn about fire safety and prevention. This exhibit helps the museum bridge the gap between history and fire safety education to teach families about fire safety and prevention and how to safeguard their homes and loved ones.

This grant supported the development of Staying Safe: From Firehouse to Your House, a hands-on experience for children and families.

Aurora Rotary Club Foundation

Grant Amount $

This grant from the Dunham Fund provided sponsorship support for Aurora’s  Festival of Lights 2020.

Aurora University

Grant Amount $

Aurora University Arts & Ideas

Grant Amount $35,000

The Dunham Fund is proud to continue support for the Celebrating Arts and Ideas Main Stage Series at Aurora University. This initiative brings world-renowned artists, performers, writers, and intellectuals to families throughout the Fox Valley community – free of charge.

In the 2018-2019 series, the Dunham Fund helped support the first performance and discussion with the Joffrey Studio Company and Academy Trainees. Aurora University also hosted author Walter Isaacson, professor and historian Peter Hayes, and Southern Poverty Law Center’s Lecia Brooks.

A $35,000 grant from Dunham Fund will help to support the 2019-2020 series includes best-selling author, journalist, and filmmaker, Alex Kotlowitz; VOCES8, a British vocal ensemble, and John Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and presidential historian. Additionally, Jessie Close and Calen Pick, mental health advocates, will lead a timely conversation on the stigma and misunderstanding of mental health disorders.

This grant supported Aurora University’s 2019-2020 Celebrating the Arts and Ideas Main Stage Series.

Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation

Grant Amount $6,000

This grant from the Dunham Fund provided sponsorship support for the Aurora Women’s Empowerment Foundation’s virtual fundraiser: Our Hope for Social Justice: A Conversation with Nontombi Naomi Tutu and Mungi Ngomane.

Batavia Artists Association / Water Street Studios

Grant Amount $245,000

  • Artistic Advancement & Ripple Effect / $ 225,000
  • Dunham Fund Mural / $20,000

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The Dunham Fund is proud to continue support of Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios.The $245,000 grant for Artistic Advancement Program, Ripple Effect, and Dunham Fund Mural will be paid out in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

The various programs make local arts education and hands-on art experiences accessible to children and families in the Fox Valley community. Batavia Artists Association is serving the community through several programs that bring art to the community in hands-on, accessible ways. Including:


Artistic Advancement Program

This program provides artistically-inclined students in under-resourced areas with the opportunity to take a bus to Water Street Studios for an arts-based field trip every month. By partnering with The Dunham Fund and others in the local community, Batavia Artists Association hopes to reach almost 600 students in 8 schools over the next three years through the Artistic Advancement Program.

Ripple Effect

Batavia Artists Association’s Ripple Effect provides locat students grades 3 through 5 with a weekly after-school art class that integrates art with STEM learning. Dunham Fund’s support will help Ripple Effect serve almost 1000 students throughout 10 locations in the Fox Valley area.


Dunham Fund Mural

Building on the strategic partnership between the two organizations, Water Street Studios will design and install a mural for the Dunham Fund offices. The mural will be created by community artists and will commemorate the legacy of John C. Dunham and the Dunham Fund Service Area through layered images of Mr. Dunham’s company, Equipto, images representing the service area, notable programs and projects funded by the Dunham Fund. This commissioned work helps promote local artists by making their art visible to a larger audience and giving them an opportunity to build their portfolio and marketing opportunities.

The Dunham Fund will provide a grant of $20,000 to commission local artists to create and install the mural in the Dunham Fund office.

Batavia Community Chest / Batavia United Way

Grant Amount $65,000

The Dunham Fund is partnering with Batavia United Way’s Batavia Community Chest with a $65,000 grant, paid over 3 years, to launch a 211 service. By calling 211, local residents can directly connect with the right non-emergency services and information without burdening 911 operators.

The 211 services will offer live 24/7 personal assistance and provide a comprehensive database of information to help citizens navigate community services, serving as a reliable point of contact for non-emergency services. This grant will help Batavia United Way contract with PATH Crisis Center in Bloomington, IL to acquire the necessary 211 certifications and training.

The 211 service will be available 24/7/365 and help meet various essential community needs through live operators.

Batavia Fine Arts Centre

Grant Amount $5,000

The Dunham Fund is proud to support Batavia’s newest venue for the visual and performing arts, Batavia Fine Arts Centre (BFAC). The $5,000 grant from Dunham Fund will help sponsor the 2018-2019 season, supporting the ongoing operations for at least seven touring shows at BFAC. Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s season begins in September 2018 with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical and runs through June 2019.

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

Grant Amount $

Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence – Batavia Fine Arts Centre

Grant Amount $5,000

The Dunham Fund is proud to support Batavia’s newest venue for the visual and performing arts, Batavia Fine Arts Centre (BFAC). This $5,000 grant from Dunham Fund will help sponsor the 2019-2020 season, supporting the ongoing operations for at least seven touring shows at BFAC.

Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s season begins in September 2019 with America’s Got Talent finalist Catapult: The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dance and runs through June 2020. To view the season lineup, visit BFAC’s website.

This grant supported the Batavia Fine Arts Centre’s 2019-2020 season.

Boy Scouts of America

Grant Amount $41,500

  • Three Fires Council: $40,000
  • Foxfire Special Needs Committee: $1,500

Three Fires Council / $40,000

The Dunham Fund is partnering with the local Boy Scouts of America council (Three Fires Council) as they expand their STEM program, Hispanic outreach, and family scouting programs with a $40,000 grant.

The Three Fires Council identified major initiatives to help serve the Fox Valley community will include expanding staff including bilingual speaking staff and facilities at the local Camp Big Timber scout camp while also introducing more innovative STEM activities.


Foxfire Special Needs Committee / $1,500

Dunham Fund is proud to partner with the Boy Scouts of America (Foxfire District’s Special Needs Committee of Aurora) with a $1,500 grant to build an adaptive climbing wall for kids with special needs. This portable rock wall is specially designed to allow people with physical limitations or disabilities to climb up the wall without assistance.

This project will directly benefit the Fox Valley community and provide recreational opportunities to members of the community with disabilities.

Breaking Free

Grant Amount $20,000

Breaking Free provides counseling and support services to individuals and families impacted by substance abuse and other life challenges throughout Kane County.

In 2019, Breaking Free merged with Mutual Ground, the domestic violence shelter that serves the Kane County area. Often, substance abuse and domestic violence are directly related, and this merge offers both organizations to provide seamless supports for their clients and their families.

This grant from the Dunham Fund provides general operating support to Breaking Free to continue serving its clients seamlessly during the transition.

Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation Inc.

Grant Amount $25,000

The Dunham Fund is proud to support Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation Inc.’s work to cure childhood cancer. Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation is supporting the development of clinical trials with Lurie’s Children’s Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine to initiate a drug discovery program for the repurposing over 900 existing drug compounds for adults with cancer to dosages appropriate for children and of new medications.

The goal of these trials is to speed development of less toxic and more effective therapies for pediatric cancer in a more cost effective and efficient way.

The Dunham Fund’s $25,000 grant will help Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation conduct testing across Chicagoland hospitals and perform clinical trials that have the potential to save lives and help childhood cancer patients all over the world.

CASA Kane County

Grant Amount $5,000

Dunham Fund is proud to support the 8th Annual Super Heroes Luncheon on November 1st, 2018. Every year hundreds of community-minded people attended the event to learn how they can help make a difference in the lives of local abused and neglected children in need.

Dunham Fund’s $5,000 grant supports this event to helps increase community visibility for CASA, recruit new volunteers who will advocate for kids in need, and find new donors and supporters.

CASA Kane County

Grant Amount $51,000

CASA Kane County is a nonprofit organization that helps provide each child in the child welfare system with the voice of a well-trained CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate. CASA Kane County’s more than 220 CASA volunteers are specially trained advocates who work within the juvenile court system to help advocate for more than 600 children in our child welfare system.

Each CASA volunteer goes through a 45-hour initial training. To remain compliant with National CASA standards, each volunteer must complete 12 hours of continuous education credits annually through CASA University – a resource created to help CASAs have the most effective child advocacy information and training at their fingertips.

This three-year matching grant, totaling $51,000 from the Dunham Fund will help support CASA Kane County’s CASA University to continue enhancing the quality and specialization of its education programs to meet the needs of its volunteers, as well as support staff to coordinate the services through CASA University.$17,000 paid each year for 2019, 2020, 2021.

This three year grant supported CASA University, a continuing education program for CASA volunteers.

Celebrating Arts & Ideas at Aurora University

Grant Amount $35,000

The Dunham Fund is proud to continue supporting Aurora University’s efforts to bring in world-class speakers from around the country and build a public issues platform for students and the whole community–serving nearly 80,000 attendees in the last six years. Aurora University’s Arts and Ideas and the Town Square Series are free events that create a space for the local community to engage with a variety of important issues from renowned and inspiring speakers.

Last year, funding from the Dunham Fund helped underwrite presentations by CIA Director David Petraeus, San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros, and retired Illinois Congressman Ray LaHood. Dr. Nathalia Holt, a researcher and science writer, lectured on her New York Times bestselling book, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us From Missiles to the Moon To Mars.

In 2018-2019, Dunham Fund continues to help underwrite Aurora University’s efforts to bring in even more dynamic speakers including author Walter Isaacson, professor and historian Peter Hayes, and Southern Poverty Law Center’s Lecia Brooks. In a first, Joffrey Studio Company and Academy Trainees will perform followed by a discussion on the future of dance.

Celebrating Arts and Ideas at Aurora University

Grant Amount $25,000

With this grant, Dunham Fund is the Presenting Sponsor for Thomas L.

Friedman’s “Pausing to Reflect on the Twenty-First Century” on

October 18, 2016. This presentation is part

of Aurora University’s 2016-17 Arts and Ideas series, offered by the

university as a public service to the Greater Aurora community.

Friedman is the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes and has covered significant

stories from around the globe for The New York Times since 1981. Vanity Fair

called him “the country’s best newspaper columnist.” He is the author of “The

World is Flat”, “From Beirut to Jerusalem” and “Thank You For Being Late: How

to Find a Job, Run a Country and Keep Your Head in an Age of Acceleration”. Ranked

#2 on The Wall Street Journal’s list of “influential business

thinkers,” named to the 2011 Thinkers50 and the 2013 list of Foreign

Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, and considered one of “America’s Best Leaders” by

US News & World Report, Friedman is a frequent guest on programs such as

“Meet The Press,” “Morning Joe” and “Charlie Rose.”

Center for Healthcare Innovation

Grant Amount $

This grant from the Dunham Fund provided continued support for the Healthy Aurora Initiative.

Center for Healthcare Innovation

Grant Amount $50,000

The Dunham Fund is continuing to support the work of the Healthy Aurora,, created by the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI).

Healthy Aurora is a community-wide effort to help Aurora residents lead healthier lives through helping uninsured residents find the right coverage and encouraging insured residents to take control of their own healthcare choices. This includes creating content to help Aurorians understand their coverage, see the important of regular checkups, and learn vital healthcare information (including when to seek emergency care versus scheduled care, and more).

This grant will help Healthy Aurora reach more than 100,000 Aurorians with vital healthcare information in both English and Spanish.

Center for Healthcare Innovation

Grant Amount $45,000

The Dunham Fund is continuing to support the work of the Healthy Aurora, created by the Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI).

Healthy Aurora is a community-wide effort to help Aurora residents lead healthier lives through helping uninsured residents find the right coverage and encouraging insured residents to take control of their own healthcare choices.

This work includes creating content to help Aurorians understand their coverage, see the importance of regular checkups, and learn vital healthcare information (including when to seek emergency care versus scheduled care, and more).

This grant will help Healthy Aurora broaden its reach to Aurorians, providing vital healthcare information in both English and Spanish, and expand its focus to include mental health and dental health.

This grant provided continued support for the work of Healthy Aurora.

Changing Children’s Worlds Foundation

Grant Amount $1,000

This grant from the Dunham Fund provided sponsorship support for Changing Children’s Worlds’ 10th Annual Stand Up for Kids Fundraiser.

City of Lights Ukulele Fest

Grant Amount $1,000

Aurora hosted the inaugural City of Lights

Ukulele Fest on August 26th at Water Street Mall, featuring well-known ukulele

players including Lil Rev and Gerald Ross. The Dunham Fund provided a $1,000

grant to help kick off this unique festival, contributing to Downtown Aurora’s

growing cultural footprint and arts community.

Communities in Schools

Grant Amount $363,000

Communities in Schools (CIS) has received a $363,000 grant to be paid in equal amounts in 2018 and 2019 to support the expansion of the CIS Daytime Services.

This program will target 500 students who attend Aurora schools from Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery and Sugar Grove. These students are referred to CIS for the Daytime program because their academic, social and emotional needs are more severe than the mainstream population and they are most at risk of dropping out of school.

This program is an innovative model designed for middle and high school students.The services they receive will help them advance to the next grade level and ensure high school graduation. The goal is to prevent students from dropping out of school by providing academic, social work and family support.

In total CIS provides needed services to more than 6,500 students plus their families.

Dunham Fund applauds CIS’s commitment to help students succeed in the greater Aurora area.

Communities in Schools

Grant Amount $75,000

Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

Grant Amount $10,000

This grant from the Dunham Fund provided continued support for the Youth Engagement in Philanthropy Program.

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