Fall 2016



Dunham Fund Joins #ILGIVE to Aid Local Nonprofits

#ILGIVE is an annual one-day online initiative to promote local charitable giving and raise awareness for nonprofits doing good work across the state of Illinois. On November 29, 2016, supporters can make online donations to their favorite nonprofit at #ILGIVE, the statewide arm of the #GivingTuesday national initiative.

As an incentive to local nonprofits, Dunham Fund will match contributions $1 for $1 up to $2,500 raised by each of the ten nonprofits in the Dunham Fund service area receiving the most funds in the #ILGIVE campaign.

Nonprofit organizations must be registered at #ILGIVE to be eligible for Dunham matching funding. Register today at www.ilgive.com.



Dunham Grantees Attend Capacity Building Workshop

The Dunham Fund partnered with Forefront to host a workshop for 45 Dunham grantees on September 15, 2016 at North Island Center in Aurora. Having compiled the results of a survey that had been included in a previous Dunham Fund eNewsletter, the two organizations created a targeted curriculum for a capacity building workshop.

Sidney Freitag-Fey from North Park University’s Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management presented ways to build expertise and capacity. His presentation, “More Donors, More Dollars: Building Your Individual Donor Base,” focused on ways nonprofits can cultivate and retain individual donors while creating a compelling case for support. Eric Weinheimer from Forefront and Casey Keller from GiveGab explained how to organize and conduct a successful #ILGIVE fundraising campaign.

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Above: Eric Weinheimer discusses Forefront’s commitment to promoting #ILGive to the Dunham Fund workshop participants.


Forefront is a statewide, membership organization representing grant makers and nonprofits focused on building a vibrant social impact sector for all the people in Illinois. Dunham Fund is a member of Forefront and a strong supporter of #ILGIVE.



West Aurora School District Receives Science and Literacy Grants

Dunham Fund announced its award of two grants to the district totaling $1,347,856 at a West Aurora School District 129 Board meeting on September 6, 2016.

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Front row (left to right): Anna Gonzales, WAHS Science Curriculum Coordinator; Bob Vaughan, Dunham Fund Executive Director; Allyson Herget, SD129 Board Vice President; Michael Morcos, Dunham Fund Advisor; Ingrid Roney, A+ Foundation Executive Director. Back row (left to right): Robert Gonzales, SD129 Board President; SD129 Board Members: Robert Patterson; Ira Lathan; Amie Thompson; Valerie Brown Dykstra; Neal Ormond.


STEM Learning Center at West Aurora High School

As West Aurora School District students from the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University matriculate to high school, West Aurora High’s physical science teachers, through partnership with the Dunham STEM School staff, will align their curriculum and upgrade their science facilities, technology and equipment offering a smooth transition to West High with the desire to accelerate student performance. This $1M capital project includes an update of the learning environment through classroom redesign and the replenishment of existing and addition of new, cutting-edge scientific lab equipment and technology.

"Literacy Through the Arts" Elementary After School Program

This $347,856 Dunham Fund grant will support the instructional staff, high school student mentors, instructional materials, iPads and purchased services and subscriptions for a three year “Literacy Through the Arts” twelve-week, after-school program in eight targeted elementary schools in West Aurora School District. The objective of the program is to increase first and second grade students' reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension as measured by the Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy (ISEL) and Performance Series, a nationally normed assessment. 720 students who are below the reading benchmark on district assessments will be helped over the three-year period.

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“It has become increasingly more important to seek alternative funding sources for public education. With the Dunham Fund investment, we can continue to keep West Aurora district students current and competitive with the ever changing educational system in Illinois. With its emphasis on investment in quality education, Dunham Fund has been a truly collaborative partner with the A+ Foundation and the West Aurora School District.”

— Ingrid Roney, Executive Director of the A+ Foundation for West Aurora Schools
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Above: West High’s science teachers were on hand for classroom demonstrations and the unpacking of new science equipment on the day of the Dunham Fund check presentation.


The Dunham Fund provides grants to impact our service area through support of educational, community development programs and capital projects. We support both Aurora school districts along with others within our service area.