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.
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, 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 1970-2000. Deeply respected by faculty, students, and clients, he modeled the behavior of a caring professional in all of his interactions.
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.