Teri Spartz - Foundation Staff

Meet Teri Spartz, community engagement director for the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Teri has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, with 16 years of major gift fundraising experience in higher education and healthcare. Before joining the Community Foundation in 2019, Teri was a senior director of advancement with the Northern Illinois University Foundation, where she held numerous roles. Prior to her time at NIU, she led the fundraising activities for a capital campaign at Rochelle Community Hospital.

ROLE AT THE FOUNDATION: (Community Engagement Director)

Teri works with the Community Foundation's proactive grantmaking areas, including education, environment, economy, and equity. She partners with community issue area experts, Board members, and volunteers who help to inform and support the Foundation's work in these areas. She oversees various proactive committees focused on community engagement, land use, workforce development, early care and education, and more.

Additionally, Teri is an adult advisor for the Youth Engaged in Philanthropy proactive grantmaking subcommittee, YEP 2.Pro. This select group of high school students (YEP members) work together to address youth issues in DeKalb County.

"I'm truly inspired by the incredible donors and volunteers who contribute time and treasure to make a lasting impact in DeKalb County. Without their support, our work would not be possible. The Community Foundation is a hub of meaningful initiatives, managing various programs that positively impact our county. I'm continuously amazed by the broad scope of work the Foundation is engaged with and the number of nonprofit organizations serving our county. I learn something new every day!"

For questions or more information about the Community Foundation's proactive initiatives and grantmaking, please get in touch with Teri at 815-748-5383 or t.spartz@dekalbccf.org.

Teri has achieved the following educational degree: a bachelor's in communication, public relations, and marketing from Western Illinois University.
Teri grew up on a farm in Rochelle and has lived in Ogle and DeKalb Counties nearly all her life. She lives in Sycamore with her husband and their two children. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, cheering on her children at sporting events, and hanging out with family and friends. Her creative side finds joy in helping people find their personal (clothing) style, bolstering their self-confidence.