Donor Advised Funds
Donor Advised Funds enable the donor to make grant recommendations to eligible organizations that align with their own charitable interests in the community. Grant recommendations are made by the donor through the Fund Portal and reviewed by the Community Foundation for final approval.
To discuss your charitable interests or to give back to the community by establishing a Fund of your own, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Fund was established in early November 2016 by Bob and Pam Bowman to provide them a way of giving back to the community. Learn more about the Bob and Pam Bowman Fund >
This Fund continues to support the charitable interests of First Lt. Brian D. Slavenas who died in Iraq while serving our nation. Learn more about the Brian D. Slavenas Memorial Endowment Fund >
Created in memory of Charles Krull and his love of music, this Fund provides a depository for public contributions to support low income children in DeKalb County to fully engage in music education and lessons – as determined by the donor and other community members who are active in musical arts. Learn more about the Charles Krull Music Support Fund >
The Chulick Family Fund was created in December 2015 by Tony and Micki Chulick of DeKalb to align with their philanthropic interests for the community. Learn more about the Chulick Family Fund >
Created in 2017 out of a love for the community, this Fund will allow Curt and Karen Lang to make yearly recommendations to the Foundation in support of causes that align with their charitable interests for the Sycamore community. Learn more about the Curt & Karen Lang Charitable Fund >
Created in December of 2020, this Fund supports the charitable interests of David Castle. Learn more about the Drake Castle Charitable Fund >
Provides philanthropic support that aligns with the charitable interests of First Midwest Bank, formerly NB&T. This Fund is used to help area nonprofits go the extra distance in meeting local needs. Learn more about the First Midwest Charitable Impact Fund >
This Fund honors Jon Wrenn, an adventurous and generous spirit who lived his best life with a traumatic brain injury. Jon taught the importance of caring for others, especially those often not seen, which inspires all to be better. The Friends of Jon Fund will ensure this spirit continues to inspire!
This Fund was created to align with their charitable interests of Jay and Lynn Montgomery, longtime Sycamore residents with a desire to give back to the community they love. Learn more about the Jay and Lynn Montgomery Fund >
Established in 2018 to align with the charitable interests of Karen and Joseph Grush, this Fund provides support to DeKalb County organizations that promote services for families and children. Learn more about the Karen & Joseph Grush Charitable Fund >
Established in 1996 as the Sycamore Containers Fund, this Fund was initially created to allow Sycamore Containers to provide grant support to DeKalb County nonprofit organizations. Sycamore Containers, Inc. was purchased a number of years ago and no longer exists as a separate corporation. Today, this Fund provides grant support to charitable organizations in DeKalb County per the interests of Larry and Sue Kendzora.
This Fund was established in memory of Samuel P. Baker II, better known as Lil' Sam. Lil' Sam was diagnosed early in life with Down syndrome. During his 15 years of life, Lil’ Sam was blessed and fortunate to experience many things, including access to the resources necessary for daily living. His family established this Fund in order to continue this legacy of kindness, access, acceptance, and teaching through an annual gift. Learn more about the Lil' Sam Joy Fund >
This Fund aligns with the charitable interests of the Haines family and provide a tangible way for them to participate in philanthropy. Their interests include protecting land, air, and water for today and future generations, supporting organic, sustainable gardening and farming, increasing access to food and health care, promoting education and literacy, and creating beauty accessible to the community. Learn more about the Michael and Lana Haines Family Fund >
This Fund was created by the Oncken family to support their charitable interests for the community and to provide a tangible way for them to participate in philanthropy as a family. Learn more about the Oncken Family Fund >
This Fund was created in June 2019 by the Schelkopf Family to align with their philanthropic interests for the community. Learn more about the Schelkopf Family Fund >
This Fund provides annual support to programs and organizations that align with the charitable interests of Sharon Kay Conlin. Learn more about the Sharon Kay (Kinczewski) Conlin Memorial Fund >
Supports the charitable interests of Dan and Kristal Templin and their children – with a future goal of this Fund becoming a Community Impact Fund to be used by the Foundation Board to respond to needs and opportunities throughout DeKalb County. Learn more about the Templin Family Fund >
This Fund provides Todd and Christine Curtis a way to express their gratitude and love for the communities throughout DeKalb County. Learn more about the Todd and Christine Curtis Family Fund >
The Thomas A. Hulseberg Donor Advised Fund was created in 1997 by Barbara Hulseberg following Tom’s untimely death. In 2013, the name of the Fund was changed to the Tom and Barbara Hulseberg Fund to reflect the family’s ongoing active involvement, benefiting the visual arts within DeKalb County. Thomas A. Hulseberg owned a Sycamore-based painting and decorating business for 25 years. He was a member of the U.S./Illinois Snow Sculpting Team that competed successfully in several countries, including representing the USA at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Tom was an avid reader and collected modern and rare first editions. He was an art collector and enthusiast with endless knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts. Most importantly, Tom was a man who embraced people and ideas and deeply loved his family.
Created in 2017, this Fund provides a means for the Turner family to generously support needs in the community that align with their charitable interests. Learn more about the Turner Family Charitable Fund >
This Fund was created in memory of Victor Barresi by his family to continue his practice of giving back to the community that he loved. Learn more about the Victor F. Barresi Memorial Fund >