Featured Funds

Various new Funds are created at the DeKalb County Community Foundation each year. These new Funds support donors’ charitable interests and work to enhance the quality of life in DeKalb County. Below is a list of new Funds to the Community Foundation.

Donating to the Community Foundation is easy to do. Whether you want to give to an established Fund or create one of your own, we offer various giving options to help donors maximize their impact.

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Charles and Carol Orr Memorial Scholarship Fund

Charles & Carol Orr Memorial Scholarship Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Carol and Charlie Orr

Announcing the Charles and Carol Orr Memorial Scholarship Fund, a tribute to the late Charles and Carol Orr, honoring their love of education and community impact. The intention of this scholarship is for a graduating senior from DeKalb High School or Indian Creek High School pursuing a degree in healthcare, agriculture, or the trades.

“We are honored to work with Charles and Carol’s daughter, Pamela Niemeyer, to fulfill their wishes to give back to DeKalb County in a way that is a testimony to what was important in their lives,” said Dan Templin, Community Foundation Executive Director.

Upon their passing, Charlie (2011) and Carol (2023), the Orr estate created the Charles and Carol Orr Memorial Scholarship. The Orrs had a great love of community. They were members of First United Methodist Church of DeKalb and longtime members of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau with a special interest in 4H and FFA.

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DeKalb County Veterans Recognition Fund

DeKalb County Veterans Recognition Fund, DeKalb County Community FoundationAnnouncing the DeKalb County Veterans Recognition Fund. This new Donor Advised Fund supports public memorials recognizing and honoring veterans throughout DeKalb County, IL.

Residents, including former military members and civilians, worked together to create the DeKalb County Veterans Recognition Fund. Their shared goal is to ensure that veterans and their families in the greater DeKalb County area receive the recognition and honor they deserve. As a result of their hard work, the group has formed strong and respectful partnerships with community members, academic institutions, businesses, and civic leaders.

“There is always more we can do to support and honor our veterans for their service, sacrifice, and willingness to serve their country,” remarked Michael Embrey, veteran group member. “Many gave their lives for something greater than themselves, our freedom. Saying ‘thank you for your service’ is a good start. We desire to do even more, embracing all of DeKalb County.”

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Elmwood Cemetery Endowment Fund

Elmwood Cemetery Endowment Fund, DeKalb County Community FoundationAnnouncing the Elmwood Cemetery Endowment Fund. This new Designated Fund supports the Elmwood Cemetery Company for general maintenance, historical restoration or preservation, historical burial site or war memorial maintenance, and other public enhancements at the Elmwood Cemetery in Sycamore, IL.

The Elmwood Cemetery Company was formed in 1865 by local citizens who wanted a special place of honor for loved ones who fought in the Civil War. The citizens formed a board of managers to create a new cemetery in Sycamore. The board purchased 18 acres of farmland from Henry L. Boies.

“We established the Elmwood Cemetery Endowment Fund to provide revenue for ongoing historical and public-facing needs,” said John Boies, president of Ellwood Cemetery Company. “As a 501c13 organization, the Elmwood Cemetery Company wants to provide donors with tax-deductible options for giving. We take pride in this community treasure’s upkeep and ongoing restoration.”

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Cindy Graves Nursing Scholarship Fund

Cindy Graves Nursing Scholarship Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Cindy Graves

Announcing the Cindy Graves Nursing Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was created by Graves’ children, Brandon and Ethan, and her good friend, Janet Hunt. The Fund honors Cindy Graves, a DeKalb County public health nurse who had a tremendous impact on the community.

The scholarship is awarded annually to DeKalb County residents currently working as nursing professionals and continuing their education in nursing to grow professionally and better serve their patients.

Cindy was a registered nurse at Kishwaukee Hospital for 30 years – working as a pediatric nurse and emergency room RN, house supervisor, ER charge nurse, EMS educator, EMS coordinator, and ER director (2005 – 2012). From 2012 until her passing in May 2022, Cindy worked at the DeKalb County Health Department as the director of community health and prevention, health promotion, and emergency preparedness.

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Malta Township Public Library Endowment Fund

Malta Township Public Library Endowment Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Malta Township Public Library

Announcing the Malta Township Public Library Endowment Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide unrestricted support to the Malta Public Library in fulfillment of its mission. Additionally, the support provides the financial resources needed to grow with the community, whether it’s technology upgrades or a large-scale infrastructure project.

“As we celebrate 100 years of serving Malta Township, we realize how important it is to plan for the next 100 years,” said Janet Clark, Library Director. “We are grateful to the Trust of Lt. Col. John R. and Phyllis McCormick for their gift, which provided the seed money to start the Fund. Their donation to the library, and many other organizations throughout DeKalb County, will make an enduring difference in the lives of many.”

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