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Featured Funds

Featured Funds

Each year, a variety of new Funds are created at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. These new Funds support the charitable interests of donors and work to enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County. Below is a list of new or existing Funds that we would like to highlight.

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DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund

In uncertain times one thing remains constant — we are facing this COVID-19 challenge together. We will do what we can to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our fellow citizens, especially the most vulnerable among us, during this healthcare and economic crisis.

Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the DeKalb County COVID-19 Response Fund exists to expedite charitable resources to nonprofit and community organizations responding to COVID-19 related needs throughout DeKalb County. Resources are granted where they are needed most, with an initial focus on the basic needs of those most significantly impacted by this crisis.

Learn more about the DeKalb County COVID-19 Fund >


Elder Care Services Endowment Fund

DeKalb County Community Foundation, Agency Fund

Elder Care Services

Announcing the Elder Care Services Endowment Fund, a new Agency Fund at the Community Foundation. The purpose of the Fund is to create a mechanism to accept donations for Elder Care Services of DeKalb County (ECS) and in turn support the agency in their mission of assisting senior citizens and vulnerable adults of DeKalb County. An endowment Fund will ensure that the agency will remain a stable resource to the community for many years.

“Our goal for the future is to be a huge part of seniors lives and to support local residents through the aging process,” said Tara Russo, Executive Director, Elder Care Services of DeKalb County. “We want to support and assist, but also provide services to keep seniors safe, secure, and supported in the home and community they love.”

Learn more about the Elder Care Services Endowment Fund >


The Wrennhouse Fund

DeKalb County Community Foundation, Donor Advised Fund

Wrennhouse Fund

Announcing the Wrennhouse Fund, a new Donor Advised Fund that provides donors Kent and Kris Wrenn a charitable way to express their love for the Sycamore community and the nonprofit organizations that serve it.

Kris and Kent were both raised in homes that believe strong communities were created by “doing your part”, giving back, and helping your neighbors. For them, Sycamore is a city that places a unique focus on family, community, and values. A place that gives others the opportunity to flourish.

The Wrenns were motivated to give of their time, talent, and treasure because of the lessons learned and values instilled during their upbringing. Through the Wrennhouse Fund, they have another opportunity to promote philanthropy through their support of nonprofit organizations that serve youth, families, and learning.

Learn more about the Wrennhouse Fund >


Terry S. Jones and Nancy J. Eyer Kishwaukee College Nursing Student Fund

Terry S. Jones and Nancy J. Eyer

Introducing the Terry S. Jones and Nancy J. Eyer Kishwaukee College Nursing Student Fund, a new Designated Fund at the Community Foundation. Support provides for an annual scholarship award to a student enrolled in the nursing program at Kishwaukee College.

Terry died peacefully from metastatic lung cancer on October 2, 2020 surrounded by his family. The Fund honors his memory and compassion for others.

“We both have seen the vulnerability that patients experience during medical treatment and we want to ensure that patients receive exceptional care from a competent, caring, and compassionate professional,” said Nancy Eyer. “We are grateful for the education we received and want to create this opportunity for others. Many thanks to Kishwaukee College for preparing me for a career in nursing.”

Learn more about the Terry S. Jones and Nancy J. Eyer Kishwaukee College Nursing Student Fund >


Tim and Bev O’Shaughnessy Loving Kindness Fund

Tim and Bev O’Shaughnessy Loving Kindness Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation, Designated Fund

Tim and Bev O’Shaughnessy

Introducing the Tim and Bev O’Shaughnessy Loving Kindness Fund, a new Designated Fund at the Community Foundation. The Fund provides support to five organizations in DeKalb County that focus on meeting the many needs of the community through kindness and compassion.

Tim O’Shaughnessy passed away in 2020 and this Fund was established in his memory. He was a talented photographer and loved to share his work at markets, art shows, KVAL, and at an art gallery in Dixon.

Both Tim and Bev retired as high school special education teachers. They recognized the importance of trying to meet very diverse individual needs through a variety of strategies and personal connections.

“We know these same core values will be carried on through the agencies and programs that receive assistance from the Loving Kindness Fund,” said Bev O’Shaughnessy. “Both Tim and I felt very fortunate to live in such an amazing community.”

Learn more about the Tim and Bev O’Shaughnessy Loving Kindness Fund >


Ben C. Eade Scholarship Fund

Ben C. Eade Scholarship Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Mr. Ben Eade

Introducing the Ben C. Eade Scholarship Fund, a new Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation. The Fund will award two scholarships annually to graduating seniors from Sandwich High School in Sandwich, IL.

The scholarship was created in memory of Ben Cooper Eade who taught agriculture and biology in Sandwich until 1962 and was known for his hands-on approach to teaching. He inspired many students to further their education by pursuing secondary degrees after high school.

Ben retired in 1962 to care for his ailing wife. The Eades had two children, Dean and Ruth (Hartman), as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, many of whom have attended Sandwich Schools.

Learn more about the Ben C. Eade Scholarship Fund >


Friends of NIU Art Museum Endowment Fund

Friends of NIU Art Museum Endowment Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Jerry and Annette Johns

Created by long-time NIU supporters and local philanthropists, Jerry and Annette Johns, this new Designated Fund provides annual financial support to the NIU Art Museum to further their mission of serving campus and community by balancing traditional and contemporary art to explore connections through visual culture.

Jerry and Annette’s personal and professional interests are clearly reflected in the Funds that they directly spearheaded at the Foundation. “We feel very strongly about supporting local organizations that enrich all our lives,” they said. “The DeKalb County Community Foundation helps you put your money where your heart is.”

Learn more about the Friends of NIU Art Museum Endowment Fund >


Jack E. Norling and Norma E. (Rex) Norling Fund

Jack E. Norling and Norma E. (Rex) Norling, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Jack E. Norling and Norma E. (Rex) Norling

Started in 2020, this Designated Fund provides financial support to the Indian Valley Vocational Center (IVVC) as well as to the Sandwich School District #430.

Jack and Norma Norling were long-time residents of Sandwich, Illinois, a community they loved and cherished. They met while attending Northern Illinois State Teachers College, today known as Northern Illinois University, and were married on December 26, 1953.

Jack died in April of 1991 and Norma in January of 2019. According to Norma’s sister, Nancy Rex, “The Jack E. Norling and Norma E. (Rex) Norling Fund was created to honor the legacy of Norma and Jack and note the importance of education in their lives. The Fund will provide support for continuing the important work of educating students in the Sandwich School District and Indian Valley Vocational Center.”

Learn more about the Jack E. Norling and Norma E. (Rex) Norling Fund >