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.

Making a donation 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 a variety of giving options to help donors maximize their impact.

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Lockard Family Fund

Lockard Family Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Lockard Family

Announcing the Lockard Family FundThis new Donor Advised Fund aligns with the charitable interests of Jim and Kathy Lockard and their family. The Fund provides them with an opportunity to participate in philanthropy together.

“As a family, we wish to help social service organizations working to meet the needs of our community,” said Jim Lockard. “We also have a great interest in the arts. Kathy’s father was a professional musician and conductor, and we recognize the value of the arts and the impact they leave.”

Jim and Kathy have lived in DeKalb and Sycamore since 1980. They are long-time supporters and volunteers of the arts. “The community has been very good to us, and we are pleased to be able to give back through the creation of the Lockard Family Fund,” they stated.

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Kirkland-Fairdale Community Endowment Fund

Kirkland-Fairdale Community Endowment Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

The Kirkland-Fairdale Community Endowment Fund is the first endowment Fund specifically supporting the Kirkland and Fairdale, IL, communities. The Fund was created through tax-deductible contributions from friends, neighbors, and community members and supports projects and services dedicated to improving the quality of life there.

The Fund was created late in 2021 through a generous donation from Kirkland resident Don Banks, thanking the Community Foundation for their work and assistance with the Fairdale tornado recovery. The Foundation used the gift to create a Fund dedicated to the Kirkland and Fairdale communities. From there, Kirkland representatives Sally Bruch and Kris Aves led a series of fundraising efforts to increase the Fund size and recognize those who became charter donors with a $1,000 contribution to the Fund.

“As a Board member of the Community Foundation, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that a Fund like this can have on smaller communities in DeKalb County,” said Kris Aves. “Kirkland and Fairdale may be small in size, but together, we can do great things here that will leave a lasting impression for generations to come. I’m proud of the people here and the commitment I’ve seen to supporting public and nonprofit entities that have a direct benefit to Kirkland and Fairdale residents.”

Learn more about the Kirkland-Fairdale Community Endowment Fund >

Earl and Jeanne Pritchard Fund

DeKalb County Community Foundation, Designated Fund, Earl and Jeanne Pritchard Fund

Earl and Jeanne Pritchard

Introducing the Earl and Jeanne Pritchard Fund. This new Designated Fund honors the life and legacy of Earl and Jeanne and provides an annual scholarship award to students enrolled at Kishwaukee College pursuing a career in horticulture.

Earl and Jeanne Pritchard each grew up on farms in the Maple Park and Hinckley area. Earl was the fifth generation to join the family farming operation, which dates back to 1849. He graduated from Hinckley High School in 1937 and Jeanne in 1938. Following their marriage in 1941, they rented land in Pierce Township until buying their farm next to Earl’s father in 1947. They had two sons, Donald and Robert.

“Our parents loved farming, being active in the community, and supporting education. They took great care of the land entrusted to them,” said Donald and Robert Pritchard. “We want these annual scholarships to honor their memory and share their passion for horticulture and conservation. It’s one way to encourage individuals to pursue horticulture careers and to be good stewards of our natural resources.”

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Hinckley Historical Society Endowment Fund

DeKalb County Community Foundation, Agency Fund, Hinckley Historical Society Fund

The Hinckley Historical Society.

Introducing the Hinckley Historical Society Endowment Fund, a new Agency Fund that allows the Hinckley Historical Society to focus on more than the day-to-day operations of collecting and preserving artifacts from Hinckley and the Townships of Squaw Grove and Pierce. The Historical Society’s board of directors created the Fund to support research and writing, expenses for special speakers, professional displays, and much more.

The Hinckley Historical Society was founded in the spring of 2007 by a group of individuals who realized no one was preserving their community’s history for future generations. While local resident Dorothy Phillips in her 1976 paperback book “Hinckley,” captured many facts and stories from the community’s first 142 years, nothing was being done to preserve artifacts, pictures, and documents.

The group began gathering items and, in 2011, opened a museum in a historic building in downtown Hinckley to house its collections. Since then, the Historical Society’s focus has been on restoring the building and expanding the museum to nearly double its current size.

Learn more about the Hinckley Historical Society Endowment Fund >

Friends of JAMS Operating Reserve Fund

Friends of JAMS Operating Reserve Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls (JAMS)

Announcing the Friends of JAMS Operating Reserve Fund. This new Agency Fund provides Friends of JAMS with financial reserves for emergencies or significant expenses.

“We established the Friends of JAMS Operating Reserve Fund to set aside some financial resources for emergencies or unexpected large expenses that may arise,” said Diana Swanson, Friends of JAMS board president. “As the campus ages, we also need to plan for maintenance of the buildings. JAMS is a long-term commitment, and we must be sustainable for long-term success.”

The Jane Adeny Memorial School for Girls (JAMS) started in 2011 through the time and attention of two Northern Illinois University faculty members, Teresa Wasonga and Andrew Otieno. JAMS is named in honor of Jane Adeny, Teresa’s mother. The Friends of JAMS nonprofit organization was established in 2013 and is headquartered in Sycamore, Illinois, and most of the board members are from DeKalb County.

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Randy and Christy Hayes Charitable Family Fund

Randy and Christy Hayes Charitable Family Fund, DeKalb County Community Foundation

The Randy and Christy Hayes family

Introducing the Randy and Christy Hayes Charitable Family Fund. This new Donor Advised Fund aligns with the charitable interests of Randy and Christy Hayes and provides them an opportunity to participate in philanthropy as a family.

Randy and Christy have lived in DeKalb County for most of their lives. Randy grew up in DeKalb and graduated from DeKalb High School. Christy graduated from Sycamore High School and received an associate’s degree in business at Kishwaukee College. They married in 1981 and settled in DeKalb shortly after. In 1985, they opened Hayes Body Shop Inc. in DeKalb, and in 2000, they moved the body shop to its current location in Sycamore. After 36 years of operation, they sold the business in October 2021 to Gerber Collision and Glass.

“God has blessed us with an amazing opportunity to run a successful business in a wonderful community,” Christy exclaimed. “Ending that chapter of our life was really hard. Our customers were a pleasure to work with, and many became great friends.”

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