Suter Family Scholarship Fund
Made possible through the generosity of the Suter family, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is happy to announce the Suter Family Scholarship Fund. This newly created scholarship fund will provide an annual award to graduates at both DeKalb and Sycamore high schools. The award will honor the late Charles and Helen Suter, their love for education and learning, and the family’s ongoing service to the community.
The Suters have been a part of DeKalb County for over 75 years, beginning when Charles and Helen moved to Sycamore in 1938. Charles, founder of The Suter Company Inc., ran a successful family business for many years, eventually handing it off to his sons in the early 1950’s. The Suter Company Inc. has continued to find success as a maker of top quality, innovative food products with distribution nationwide. Now run by the 3rd generation of Suters, the company continues to expand through innovation.
As with many funds at the Community Foundation, the Suter Family Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of a loved one. Recipients of the award will know it as the Charles & Helen Suter Memorial Scholarship award. Eligibility criteria for the award speaks to the values and ideals held by the family, holding academic achievement, volunteerism and service club involvement as preferred.
Malta Community Endowment Fund
The DeKalb County Community Foundation is excited to announce the first endowment fund created for the community of Malta, IL. Built through tax-deductible contributions from friends, neighbors, businesses, and community members, the Malta Community Endowment Fund will provide support for projects and services dedicated to improving the quality of life in Malta.
The idea for the Malta Community Endowment Fund came during the expansion of the Malta Public Library. At that time, the building campaign for the library was the talk of the town, bringing in a great deal of support from the people of Malta. Seeing the pride and dedication that arose from this project, local resident Kevin McArtor began to conceptualize a way for the people of Malta to invest in their community for years to come. After pitching the idea to his mom, Mary Lynn McArtor, the Malta Community Fund was on its way to fruition with a lead gift.
Over the last year, support for the fund has grown continually through meetings in the community. The fund became official on December 13, 2016 through generous support from twelve community members.
James Richard Andrews Graduate Student Clinical Award Fund
Introducing the James Richard Andrews Graduate Student Clinical Award Fund, a newly established fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Created by friends, colleagues, and former students, this fund will provide an annual award to a second-year graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology at Northern Illinois University.
The student receiving this award will have demonstrated the ability to include family members and/or significant others as partners in the treatment process. He/she will clearly advocate for clients and their family members as they collaborate to promote speech-language change. An ability to listen carefully, respect differences, show creativity, and emphasize the unique characteristics of the client and family members will be evident in the student’s work – as it was for Dr. Andrews.
James Andrews, Ph.D., NIU Professor Emeritus, passed away on February 16, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. He was a faculty member in the Department of Communicative Disorders from 1970-2000. He was the Director of the Speech and Hearing Clinic and served as Department Chair from 1980-1990. Deeply respected by faculty, students, and clients, he modeled the behavior of a caring professional in all of his interactions.
Soil & Water Conservation Fund
The DeKalb County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new agency fund, the Soil & Water Conservation Fund. Created by the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District to align with their mission, this fund will provide ongoing support to conserve healthy soil and clean water for all generations.
Funds used for creating for the Soil & Water Conservation Fund came by way of a donation by the DeKalb County Farmland Foundation. After 26 years of working to protect farmland and vital resources in the county, the Farmland Foundation Board of Directors voted to dissolve the organization and transfer funds to the DeKalb County Soil and Water District. Through the Soil and Water District, the mission of the Farmland Foundation will carry forward for the benefit of future generations.
Pictured: Members of the DeKalb County Farmland Foundation and DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District present a fund creation check to the DeKalb County Community Foundation.
Bob & Pam Bowman Fund
Created to honor the charitable wishes of Bob & Pam Bowman, the DeKalb County Community Foundation introduces a new donor advised fund, the Bob & Pam Bowman Fund. With the passing of Bob in November of 2016, this fund will continue to make memories in his name.
As their story goes, Bob was born and raised in DeKalb and Pam in Waterman. Both grew up in DeKalb County and attended Waterman High School. Married as high school sweethearts, the Bowmans spent the next 53 years learning, living, and contributing to the community they love.
In early 2016, the Bowmans met with a few close friends to explore and discuss options for their generosity. Their desire was to give back and help others in the immediate community. As a local organization serving DeKalb County, the Community Foundation was a great fit and aligned with their desires. On November 3, 2016, the Bob & Pam Bowman Fund was established.
On November 28, 2016, a few short weeks after creating the fund, Bob’s courageous four-year battle with cancer ended. His memory will live on forever in the number of lives he influenced. And new memories will be created through the continued generosity of the Bob & Pam Bowman Fund.
Safe Passage Angels Endowment Fund
Introducing the Safe Passage Angels Endowment Fund, created by the estate of Sharon Dowen. As a designated fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation and the very first endowed fund benefitting Safe Passage, this fund will provide ongoing support, where it is needed most, to Safe Passage, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing and preventing domestic violence and sexual assault in DeKalb County.
Sharon Dowen was known as a woman of courage. As an internal auditor for NIU (1983-2008), her strength, personal integrity, positive attitude and hard earned credibility brought her great respect among the university and the community. She was one of NIU’s “25 Amazing Women” and a true role model for others to follow. During her retirement Sharon gave of her time, talent, and treasure to her local church and nonprofit organizations in DeKalb County.