December 2017

$1M Grant Supports STEM Learning at West Aurora High School

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West Aurora High School (WAHS) science teachers and administration approached the Dunham Fund about supporting their efforts to create a more effective STEM learning environment to the over 600 students who enroll in the sciences per school year.

Using teaching philosophies developed at the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School and infusing them into the high school science curriculum became paramount to help those transitioning from the Partnership School to high school plus provide other students with an environment that promotes collaboration and a curiosity of science.

Robert Vaughan presents the award check to Michael Meyer of Fox Valley United Way.

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#ILGive 2017 Dunham Fund Awards Announced

Nonprofits in the Dunham Fund service area scored BIG with donations during the #ILGive 2017 campaign. #ILGive for Giving Tuesday is 24-hour period between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to raise awareness and needed funds to support vital services and programs in Illinois.

1,710 donors generously contributed $623,937 to almost 60 Aurora area service agencies. The Dunham Fund provided marketing workshops and an additional $35,000 in incentive awards this year.


$3,000 was awarded to each service agency in three categories:

Small Organization: Friends of Aurora After-School Programs
Medium Organization: Quad County Urban League
Large Organization: Association for Individual Development


$3,000 was awarded to each service agency in three categories:

Small Organization: Water Street Studios
Medium Organization: Mutual Ground
Large Organization: Hesed House (Public Action to Deliver Shelter)


Most dollars raised between Mon., Nov. 27 at 5:00 pm to Tues., Nov. 28 at 11:59 pm
$3,000 was awarded to each service agency in three categories:

Small Organization: Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry
Medium Organization: Paramount Arts Centre
Large Organization: Marmion Academy


$8,000 was awarded to the following service agency:

Fox Valley United Way

Happy Holidays!

In this season of gratitude, we would like to wish you a very happy holiday and thank you for making our community a better place to live and work.

The Board of Directors and Staff of the Dunham Fund

See Elf now through January 7 at the Paramount Theater in Aurora, a 2017 Dunham Fund Grant Recipient. Photo: Thomas J. King.