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DuPage Foundation presents 36 grants to nonprofits focused on health and human services


Above / Bridge Communities Children’s Program received a $20,000 grant from the Snodgrass Family Fund of the DuPage Foundation, one of 36 awards presented on June 12, 2018. Pictured are Margo Matthew, Manager of Government and Community Relations, Bridge Communities; John Kaiser, DuPage Foundation Trustee; and Andrea Carradus, Manager of Foundation and Corporate Relations, Bridge Communities.

Glen Ellyn, IL—June 19, 2018— Bridge Communities was one of 36 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant at the DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Awards Breakfast held on June 12 at Glen Oak County Club in Glen Ellyn.  The DuPage Foundation awarded more than $500,000 in grants to organizations working in the area of Health and Human Services.  The $20,000 grant from the Snodgrass Family Fund of the DuPage Foundation will help underwrite Bridge Communities’ Children’s Program.

Bridge Communities has expanded its Children’s Program to better serve our clientele and provide holistic services to help Bridge children recover from the trauma of homelessness. Some of these services within the program include a needs assessment to determine how to best help each child succeed; adaptive behavior and development screenings to connect each child to health care resources in the community; age-appropriate goals for each child; activities and academic scholarships; and case management to ensure children can reach their potential. 

According to the news release, DuPage Foundation staff and grant committee members received 53 applications and are proud to say 68 percent of the projects submitted this spring were funded. 

“It is because of donors who have given unrestricted gifts or established field of interest funds that our Community Needs Grant Program exists,” DuPage Foundation Vice President for Programs Barb Szczepaniak explained. “And it is because of donors with individual donor-advised funds that we can supplement the original program and award even more organizations their grant requests. This wonderful teamwork results in support for so many worthy causes!”

DuPage Foundation since 1986

Established in 1986 to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, DuPage Foundation serves our community by helping area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals, providing impactful support to our community’s nonprofits, and fostering key partnerships to address critical issues affecting DuPage County.

For more information, please contact Melissa Fischer, marketing manager, at (630) 598-5290 or melissa@dupagefoundation.org.  

Story and photo submitted by Lisa Doyle, Marketing and Communications Manager, for Bridge Communities.

2018 DuPage Foundation Grant Recipients

Grants were distributed to 36 nonprofit organizations located throughout DuPage County, most of which serve Naperville residents, too. **Indicate nonprofits headquartered in Naperville.

  • 360 Youth Services (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund) – $15,000**
  • Action for Healthy Kids – $20,000
  • Bridge Communities, Inc. (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund) – $20,000
  • Care For Cars (Funded by pass-through gifts from The McWethy Foundation and Betty W. Smykal) – $10,000
  • CareNet Pregnancy Services of DuPage (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund) – $7,000
  • CASA of DuPage County, Inc. – $20,000
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet – $20,000
  • Community Career Center – $2,500**
  • DuPage Federation on Human Services Reform – $20,000
  • DuPage Health Coalition (Funded by the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund) – $20,000
  • DuPage Senior Citizens Council – $10,000
  • DuPagePads – $20,000
  • Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley – $14,778**
  • Equine Dreams, Inc. – $20,000
  • Family Focus (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund) – $10,000
  • Family Shelter Service – $20,000
  • Freedom Golf Association (Funded by the Linda and Clark G. Carpenter Fund) – $2,500
  • H.O.M.E. DuPage (Funded by a pass-through gift from Betty W. Smykal) – $20,000
  • HCS Family Services – $2,430
  • Hope’s Front Door (Funded by the Louise Ingalls MacArthur Fund and Edward & Minnie Ceragioli Fund) – $2,500
  • Loaves & Fishes Community Services – $27,500**
  • Mayslake Village (Funded by the Edward & Minnie Ceragioli Fund) – $5,000
  • NAMI DuPage – $20,000
  • Naperville Elderly Homes – $7,500**
  • Neighborhood Food Pantries – $20,000
  • Outreach Community Ministries – $20,000
  • The Outreach House (Funded by a pass-through gift from Jim & Jan Dondlinger) – $2,500
  • People’s Resource Center – $12,650
  • SamaraCare – $15,000**
  • Sharing Connections (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund) – $10,000
  • Special Kids Day (Funded by the Andi Stelzner Fund) – $6,000
  • Teen Parent Connection (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund) – $20,000
  • Western DuPage Special Recreation Association – $14,000
  • World Relief DuPage (Partially funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund) – $10,000
  • Youth Outlook – $20,000
  • YWCA Metropolitan Chicago – $20,000

For more information about the 2018 spring DuPage Foundation grant awards, visit www.dupagefoundation.org.

Update! Next Generation Initiative Grant Application due by 5PM July 20

DuPage Foundation’s Next Generation Initiative Offers Special Grant Opportunity to Culminate at Annual Benefit

The DuPage Foundation and its Next Generation Initiative (NGI) also announced a special grant opportunity for DuPage County nonprofits that will culminate at their November 17, 2018 Imagination Ball.
NGI Community Innovation Grants will celebrate three nonprofit organizations that have successfully established solutions to community needs that are inclusive, creative, and resourceful. The grant application is open until 5PM Fri., July 20.
For more info, contact Kait Balsewicz at kait@dupagefoundation.org. 

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