Please join us as we say THANK YOU to Tim Suter for his time and service on the DeKalb County Community Foundation Board of Directors.
Tim served on the Community Foundation Board for a combined 12 years, 2007-2015 and then again from 2019-2021. On the Board, he represented DeKalb and worked in Sycamore.
“The thing I love most about DeKalb County is the endless generosity of the people,” he said. “It is truly a blessing to live, work, go to school, and raise a family surrounded by so many wonderful people.”
During his 12 years of service, Tim served on various Foundation committees, including Community Grants, Executive, Finance, Governance, Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP), and more. He also served as Board Vice President and President.
In a follow-up to his time on the Board, Tim shared a few of his committee highlights. “The Community Grants Committee was very exciting to be a part of,” he said. “I learned about and saw firsthand the great work of our local nonprofit organizations. They do amazing work through their care of our citizens and making DeKalb County a wonderful place to call home.”
He went on to say, “The highlight of my two terms with the Community Foundation was watching the YEP Committee come to life. We began with a few interested students and a mission to improve the quality of life for youth in DeKalb County. Each year it grew a little more in membership and grant impact. YEP is currently in its 13th year, has over 70 members, and has granted a cumulative $167,000 for youth programs and projects in the community.”
A favorite memory of Tim’s is working with the Foundation staff. “Watching them deliver over and over again on the high-level priorities of the Foundation is truly impressive. The staff is a small but highly dedicated group of professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life in DeKalb County.”
In a final question, we asked Tim to share advice for new and future Board members. “First of all, I would say thank you for giving your time to the Foundation and the community. You have joined a Board of like-minded folks who want the best for DeKalb County,” he said. “Next, I would say come ready to listen and learn in the first year or two as you come to understand the Foundation and its priorities. I have no doubt you will enjoy your time on the Board!”
Thank you, Tim Suter, for giving of your time, talent, treasure, ties, and testimony to DeKalb County. We greatly appreciate your 12-year commitment to the Foundation. You are a true philanthropist, and for that, we are grateful!