Summer 2016

Local Teachers and Students Receive $100,000 in Funding to Buy Supplies

At DonorsChoose, citizen donors can support projects posted by educators that match their own educational and philanthropic passions. The Dunham Fund provided $100,000 of funding to the crowd funder, DonorsChoose to help local public school teachers obtain materials and supplies for area classroom projects not covered by their school district’s budget. Classroom projects came from every school district in the Dunham Fund service area.

Local teachers posted their projects on the DonorsChoose.org website soliciting up to 50% of the cost with the Dunham Fund dollars providing the balance. The Dunham Fund’s $100,000 resulted in $57,000 in community funding.

Learn more about the total impact of this project on communities in the Dunham Fund service area here.


Your Input Will Help Create Our Fall Workshop for Nonprofits

The Dunham Fund is partnering with Forefront to host a workshop for nonprofits in our service area to provide a meaningful program to enhance the work they are already doing. To better understand the needs of the service agencies, the survey delves into the strengths of nonprofit staff related to fundraising, board and volunteer development, marketing and communications and financial management. Results from the survey will be used to create a targeted curriculum for the Dunham Fund/Forefront capacity building workshop scheduled for area nonprofits on September 15th, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., in the Meyer Ballroom in North Island Center in Aurora.

Forefront is a state-wide, membership organization representing grant makers and nonprofits focused on building a vibrant social impact sector for all the people in Illinois through four key strategies: Attracting Investment to the Sector, Developing Top Talent, Improving Systems and Policies, and Building Organizational Capacity.

Your input matters. Take our short survey.


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Technology Lab Will Aid in Prosecution of Child Abuse Cases

Friends of Kane County Child Advocacy is a nonprofit volunteer organization, focused on providing support services free of charge to physically and sexually abused children and their families which cannot be supplied by the Kane Child Advocacy Center (KCAC), a division of the Kane Country State’s Attorney’s Office. Friends of KCAC helps to provide the additional support for these children to rebuild their lives through specialized counseling programs, family support groups, the Adopt-A-Family program, and medical assistance that reduces the trauma of investigative procedures.

Friends of KCAC has also assisted the Advocacy Center with the funding of special projects to aid in the prosecution of child abuse cases. Abuse suspects often take or request photos or videos of the victim using a mobile device, a type of technology-based court evidence invaluable in sustaining charges of sexual abuse. Currently, the Child Advocacy Center must utilize personnel and equipment from local police departments in Kane County to have an extraction of a mobile device done for a KCAC investigation. This $20,000 Dunham grant will help Friends of KCAC to accelerate this process by creating an extraction lab onsite at the Advocacy Center, equipped with UFED technology from Celebrite, to extract both surface and deleted data from mobile devices.


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Ripple Effect Program Adds Art to Transform STEM to STEAM

Batavia Artists Association at Water Street Studios (WSS), as part of its Gallery Outreach initiative, will implement a new program called "Ripple Effect" in all public elementary schools in Batavia in fall 2016.

"Ripple Effect" is an after-school program that gives elementary school students the opportunity to take an arts-centered approach to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. WSS invites the Batavia Public School District to participate in this innovative program that transforms STEM learning into STEAM learning by integrating the arts into academic curriculum.

The goal of the program is to improve academic performance and community engagement among Batavia Public School students.

This $94,000 Dunham Fund grant awarded over three years will help WSS address a community need by creating new jobs for working artists and educators, making STEAM learning accessible to an underrepresented student population, and improving youth engagement in community building projects in Batavia.

Photo courtesy of Christine Willett, Resident Artist, Water Street Studios.