This fund, created through the transfer of the Vernon Haase Advisory Fund, became an endowment in 1999.
It received further funding from the receipt of an unrestricted bequest from Mr. Haase’s estate in 2000.
Vernon Haase (1918-1999) was chairman of the board of the Henry Pratt Company until his retirement in 1979.
Mr. Haase was active in numerous civic and business organizations including memberships on the boards of directors of Aurora University, Mercy Center for Health Care Services, the Old Second National Bank, Sheer-Korman Associates of New York, Applied Management Research, Inc., Geneva Anadite Inc. and Republic Packaging Corporation of Chicago.
Vernon Haase was a director of the Community Foundation for twenty-five years, serving as chairman for two of those years. He also served as a senior or emeritus director for two years.