Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley

111 West Downer Place, Suite 312
Aurora, Illinois 60506
(630) 896-7800

  Serving Charitable Donors Since 1948  
Nicholas Albers Charles & Mary Whinfrey Don & Betty Brownson Jacques & CharlotteToussaint Josh Sweet
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Welcome To Your Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley is a non-profit philanthropic organization that administers individual charitable funds from which grants and scholarships are distributed to benefit the citizens of the Greater Aurora Area, the TriCities and Kendall County Illinois.  We invite you to browse this website to learn more about the opportunities we offer to charitable donors, non-profit organizations and local students.  We especially encourage you to view our fund profiles that include donor biographies and photos.  See All Funds 

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Connect With Us

The Community Foundation is excited to announce that we are now on social media.  Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with information about our funds, scholarships, grants, and more!


2013 Annual Report 


We are pleased to present this annual report of our activities and progress during 2013.



In The News

Jeff Hartman


Stay current with the latest news on philanthropy and charitable giving! These articles are great for professional advisors, their clients, current donors, or anyone looking for the latest news from the world of charitable giving.

See Articles


History Of Aurora Industry

Our most recent historic video highlights the construction industry in Aurora from the early 1900s through 2010.  Based on David Hipp’s book – Reflections on the Transformation of Industrial Aurora – this video highlights three former businesses in Aurora: Austin-Western, Stephens-Adamson and Barber-Greene. See All Video Histories


eBooks Now On Our Website

Several local historical books have been converted into electronic format through the guidance of the Community Foundation to ensure their continued preservation.


William B. Greene wrote three memoirs which provide valuable insights into Midwestern life during the early to mid-20th Century. Read Memoirs


The history of the Old Second National Bank of Aurora has been captured in the book, "Banking at the Corner of River & Downer." Read History


Patricia McGrath wrote a poignant story of her son’s life in "Just Every Day."
 Read Story


The story of New England Congregational Church has been documented in the book, "Through These Doors" by Reverend Gary McCann. Read Story


Ten Reasons...

Please see our new guide for professionals – Ten Reasons to Discuss The Community Foundation With Your Clients. 




Honoring Our Donors

Please see our recent list of donors who have supported the charitable funds under our management. We are grateful for the opportunity to recognize their kindness.

Our Donors


Recent Tributes

Arnold E. Lies, an Aurora business leader, passed away on February 14, 2015.
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Sandy Erxleben, who passed away on September 20, 2014, has been honored through a scholarship fund.
Read More

Mary Calkins Barbee, a longtime educator at Bardwell Elementary School in Aurora, passed away on January 14, 2015.
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Gerald Morrow, a long time supporter of the Community Foundation, passed away on December 22, 2014.
Read More

A scholarship fund has been created to honor the life of John E. Hutchings, who passed on November 16, 2014.  Learn More


See Additional Tributes


Local Professionals Encourage Philanthropy


We salute Kevin Drendel of Drendel & Jansons Law Group for his endorsement of philanthropy as a meaningful way to serve the communities in which we live. Mr. Drendel is a member of the Community Foundation Council of Professional Advisors which is comprised of more than 70 local professionals who encourage contributions of our time and resources for the benefit of others.
See All Council Members


Are You Looking For A Speaker?

See our Slide Presentation with photos of our donors and local non-profit organizations. We would also be pleased to share our Community Presentation with civic clubs, professional firms, and area organizations. To schedule a presentation, you may contact our office at (630) 896‑7800.

Did You Know?

  Your Community Foundation strives to deliver the highest quality services
  $3.9 million – grants & scholarships awarded in 2014
  $54.8 million – grants & scholarships awarded since our founding
  453 – charitable funds currently administered
  112 – bequests received since our founding
  93 – anticipated future bequests
  10.5% – low administrative expense as percent of income

How may we serve you and your family?


Electronic Memorandums!

Click here to check out the Foundation's new monthly newsletters.


Council of Professional Advisors Memorandum



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