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DuPage County

DuPage Foundation awards $500,000 to numerous organizations

The DuPage Foundation is contining its annual Community Needs grant program with more than $500,00 awarded to 31 DuPage County health and human services agencies. 

“Community Needs grants support not-for-profits whose programs are improving the quality of life for DuPage County residents,” said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundation vice president for programs. “We’re proud to be providing financial support to so many vital area organizations during this unprecedented time of crisis as they work to help our community’s most vulnerable residents.”

The following organizations were selected to receive funding totaling $505,483 through the Foundation’s spring Community Needs cycle:

360 Youth Services (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund): $20,000

Bridge Communities, Inc. (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund): $20,000

Care for Cars (Partially funded by Betty W. Smykal and the Effort Counts Twice Fund): $12,000

CASA of DuPage County, Inc: $20,000

Chicago Dental Society Foundation: $20,000

Donka, Inc: $15,000

DuPage Health Coalition: $20,000

DuPagePads: $20,000

DuPage Sponsors: $10,000

Easter Seals DuPage & Fox Valley: $20,000

Evangelical Child & Family Agency: $10,000

Friends for Therapeutic Equine Activities: $15,000

Healthcare Alternative Systems, Inc: $10,000

Little Friends, Inc: $10,000

Mercy Housing Lakefront (Funded by the Edward & Minnie Ceragioli Fund): $15,000

Metropolitan Family Services DuPage : $20,000

NAMI DuPage: $20,000

Neighborhood Food Pantries (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund): $20,000

Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services: $20,000

Northern Illinois Food Bank (Partially funded by the Morrissey Family Fund): $20,000

Outreach Community Ministries: $20,000

People's Resource Center (Funded by the Snodgrass Family Fund): $9,983

Ray Graham Association: $20,000

Roselle UMC Community Food Pantry: $20,000

SamaraCare : $20,000

Sharing Connections (Partially funded by the Kenneth Holland Memorial Fund): $20,000

Special Kids Day (Funded by the Andi Stelzner Fund): $6,000

Syrian Community Network: $10,000

Teen Parent Connection (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund): $20,000

Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Service (Funded by the Betty M. Bock Fund) : $2,500

World Relief DuPage: $20,000

See project descriptions for each of the grantees here.

“This grant is an integral part of our planning for services in the coming year and is needed more than ever before due to the pandemic,” said John Tartaglione, president of Care for Cars, regarding the Community Needs grant his organization received. “Our clients are often those frontline essential workers who are cited so often in the news and are our unsung heroes. This funding will enable them to have one less worry in their lives because they'll be able to continue getting to their jobs in healthcare, grocery stores, and other essential services.”

“I’m inspired by the generosity of our donors,” said Szczepaniak. “During a time when the needs are huge and the requests they’re receiving are plentiful, donors stepped up and supplemented our Community Needs budget with an additional $134,483 in support.” 

In addition to this most recent spring grant cycle, the Foundationn in December awarded more than $300,000 to 31 organizations working in the areas of education,arts and culture, the environment, and animal welfare as part of its fall Community Needs grant cycle.

It also recently deployed $500,000 in grants to support 36 DuPage County not-for-profits providing food and emergency assistance, housing, mental health services, access to healthcare, and other support for DuPage residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. See all COVID-19 grantees and learn more about our COVID-19 Response Fund here.

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