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The DeKalb County Community Foundation is pleased to report that $89,352 in spring Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grants benefited a total of 28 nonprofits and community organizations across the greater Chicagoland area for music education. Pictured: In February of 2020, students from Special Gifts Theater perform Step in Time in Mary Poppins Jr. The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund is a proud supporter of the Special Gifts Theater and the opportunities they bring to individuals with disabilities.

“Our board of advisors recognize that this is a very unusual grant cycle, said George Buck, advisory committee chair for the Wurlitzer Foundation Fund. “We realize that due to COVID-19, many of our grant recipients are unable to function normally at this time. In this cycle we granted a great deal of general operating support to aid in sustainability for these organizations.”

Spring 2020 grant recipients:

  • Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre – $3,750
  • Chicago Jazz Philharmonic – $2,500
  • Children’s Community Theatre – $3,000
  • Child’s Voice – $1,250
  • Christ the King Lutheran Church and School – $2,000
  • Community School of the Arts (Wheaton College) – $2,500
  • Cor Cantiamo – $3,000
  • Ellwood House Association, Inc. – $3,000
  • Fifth House Ensemble – $4,000
  • Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus D/B/A Anima – $3,000
  • Holy Family Ministries – $2,500
  • Holy Trinity High School – $3,750
  • Intonation Music – $2,500
  • Lawrence Hall Youth Services – $3,000
  • Little Kids Rock – $3,000
  • Merit School of Music – $4,500
  • NIU- College of Visual and Performing Arts – $2,500
  • Northern Illinois University School of Music – $5,418
  • Orion Ensemble – $2,250
  • People’s Music School – $2,500
  • Preservation of Egyptian Theatre, Inc. – $2,500
  • Sandwich Opera House (ARCH) – $10,000
  • Special Gifts Theater – $2,500
  • Charles Singers – $2,000
  • Suzuki-Orff School of Music – $5,000
  • Sycamore Education Foundation – $2,000
  • Sycamore Music Boosters – $4,434
  • The Allendale Association – $1,000

Farny R. Wurlitzer

The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund Grant is one of several grantmaking programs at the Community Foundation. Funding is possible through a donor advised fund established by the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation in 2012.

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Grant applications are due by midnight on March 1 and September 1 of each year. Funding support is determined by criteria met and the amount requested. Preference to 501(c)3 organizations is given.

Donate to any fund at the Community Foundation, including the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation Fund online or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.

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