Jay & Lynn Montgomery Fund
Announcing the Jay & Lynn Montgomery Fund, a new donor advised fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. As lifelong residents of the Sycamore community, this fund provides a way for the Montgomery’s to give back to the community they love.
Jay and Lynn Montgomery have lived in DeKalb County their entire lives. Both were born in the old Sycamore Hospital on the corner of Somonauk and Elm St. and later graduated from Sycamore High School. The Montgomery’s owned and operated “The Goldmine”, a jewelry store located in St. Charles for 33 years.
Staying connected to the community is a high priority for the Sycamore couple. Both Jay and Lynn give of their time and talent in a variety of volunteer roles including board membership, officers of organizations and clubs, leaders, teachers, co-chairs, and coaches. One of the highlights from their volunteer activities include the instrumental roles they played in the establishment of the “Take Root” fundraiser for the Sycamore Education Foundation. Learn more.
Tails Humane Society Fund
Introducing the Tails Humane Society Fund, a new agency fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. This new fund will provide unrestricted financial support to Tails Humane Society to fulfill their mission and purpose, to build a compassionate community through the care of companion animals.
Assisting with the care of over 2,400 homeless animals each year, the Tails Humane Society Fund will provide additional support to meet the ongoing needs of the shelter. Tails Humane Society, located in DeKalb, is a limited admission animal shelter. Animals in their care receive quality medical care and shelter, giving each the best chance at adoption. These expenses include, but are not limited to, food, medication, surgical and veterinarian bills. Ongoing programs at the shelter and fees for service cover only a portion of the necessary funds to continue day-to-day operations and care. Additional revenue comes through fundraising and dedicated donor support. Learn more.
Endowment Fund in Honor of Edna L. Nelson & Kenneth A. Johnson
The DeKalb County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new agency fund, the Endowment Fund in Honor of Edna L. Nelson & Kenneth A. Johnson. Created by Yvonne Johnson and First Lutheran Church of DeKalb, this fund will provide support for the purchase of children’s Bibles, expenses associated with Vacation Bible School, and/or other Christian education programming for children and youth in the congregation.
As a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church and caretaker of her family estate, Yvonne approached the church about combining the gifts left by her aunt and brother to create a single fund. As a former teacher and a passion for learning, Yvonne proposed using the fund to support education in the children’s program. Through an endowed agency fund at the Community Foundation, this fund would provide annual support for the children’s ministry, freeing the church from the administrative and investment burdens of managing a fund.
The Endowment Fund in Honor of Edna L. Nelson & Kenneth A. Johnson is the second agency fund providing support to a faith-based organization in DeKalb County. Learn more.
Suter Family Scholarship Fund
Made possible through the generosity of the Suter family, the DeKalb County Community Foundation is happy to announce the Suter Family Scholarship Fund. This newly created scholarship fund will provide an annual award to graduates at both DeKalb and Sycamore high schools. The award will honor the late Charles and Helen Suter, their love for education and learning, and the family’s ongoing service to the community.
The Suters have been a part of DeKalb County for over 75 years, beginning when Charles and Helen moved to Sycamore in 1938. Charles, founder of The Suter Company Inc., ran a successful family business for many years, eventually handing it off to his sons in the early 1950’s. The Suter Company Inc. has continued to find success as a maker of top quality, innovative food products with distribution nationwide. Now run by the 3rd generation of Suters, the company continues to expand through innovation.
As with many funds at the Community Foundation, the Suter Family Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of a loved one. Recipients of the award will know it as the Charles & Helen Suter Memorial Scholarship award. Eligibility criteria for the award speaks to the values and ideals held by the family, holding academic achievement, volunteerism and service club involvement as preferred.
Malta Community Endowment Fund
The DeKalb County Community Foundation is excited to announce the first endowment fund created for the community of Malta, IL. Built through tax-deductible contributions from friends, neighbors, businesses, and community members, the Malta Community Endowment Fund will provide support for projects and services dedicated to improving the quality of life in Malta.
The idea for the Malta Community Endowment Fund came during the expansion of the Malta Public Library. At that time, the building campaign for the library was the talk of the town, bringing in a great deal of support from the people of Malta. Seeing the pride and dedication that arose from this project, local resident Kevin McArtor began to conceptualize a way for the people of Malta to invest in their community for years to come. After pitching the idea to his mom, Mary Lynn McArtor, the Malta Community Fund was on its way to fruition with a lead gift.
Over the last year, support for the fund has grown continually through meetings in the community. The fund became official on December 13, 2016 through generous support from twelve community members.