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Community Impact Funds (Undesignated Funds)

Community Impact Funds provide the DeKalb County Community Foundation's Board with the greatest flexibility to help today and shape tomorrow. Through grantmaking, these Funds allow the Foundation to give where the need is most and support a variety of grantmaking mechanisms/programs including Community Needs Grants, Emergency Grants, Economic Development Grants, and Give DeKalb County (incentive pool dollars).

Through donor generosity and grantmaking, we impact the community all around us. Check out these inspiring Grants in Action stories to learn more! Together, we are Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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 dan@dekalbccf.org. For questions on grants and grant programs, please contact Grants Director Tiffany McQueen Lewis at 815-748-5383 or tiffany@dekalbccf.org.

Albert Kerby and Helene Tink Endowment Fund

This Fund was established through a gift of stock in 1999, following Albert’s death in August of that year. The Tinks have been generous to the DeKalb-area community, where they resided while Albert worked at Northern Illinois University. Through grantmaking, this Fund allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Bothe Family Endowment Fund

This endowed Fund was created in 1998 as a way for Joe and Robin Bothe to give back to their community. This Fund enhances many Foundation programs in addition to supporting the ever-changing needs of DeKalb County residents. Through grantmaking, support from this Fund allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Charles and Mary Roberts Family Endowment Fund

This Fund was created in 2002 to keep the philanthropic spirit of DeKalb County Community Foundation founders Charlie and Mary Roberts alive and well in DeKalb County. Thank you to Douglas Roberts, John Roberts, and Virginia Roberts Holt for honoring their parents in this way. Through grantmaking, this Fund allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Charles W. Otto Undesignated Fund

This DeKalb resident left part of his estate to the Community Foundation, realizing that it would distribute a portion of its proceeds to needy community causes. Through grantmaking, this Fund allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Community Stewardship Fund in Memory of Charles C. Roberts

This Fund was established in 2005, following the death of Charlie Roberts, with an initial gift of $250,000 from Richard Ryan, who had worked with Charlie when the two were at DeKalb AgResearch, DeKalb Genetics, and Monsanto. Mr. Ryan then challenged the community during 2006, with a dollar-for-dollar match, resulting in another $250,000 raised for this unrestricted Fund. The effort was a wonderful way to memorialize Roberts, the Community Foundation's "founding father." Through grantmaking, this Fund allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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DeKalb County Building & Development Association Endowment Fund

This organization of area homebuilders and trade contractors established this Fund during 2003, to support the Foundation's general grantmaking. Ultimately, the DCBDA hopes to focus the Fund's yearly distribution to causes matching its major interests, such as vocational education and other civic purposes. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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DeKalb County Community Endowment Fund

Established in 1993 by Charlie & Mary Roberts as a means of starting the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Grantmaking from this Fund is flexible, strategic, and directed in both responsive and proactive ways to invest in communities throughout DeKalb County. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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E. T. and Jean B. Juday Fund

This Fund started as a Donor Advised Fund in 1997 to align with the charitable interests of E.T. (Tug) and Jean Juday. E.T. Juday, the last surviving successor advisor to the Fund, passed away in March 2013 at which time the Fund was renamed and became a Community Impact Fund to continue supporting charitable causes in DeKalb County. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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George E. and Betty B. Dutton Undesignated Fund

This prominent Sycamore couple established this Fund in 1998. George Dutton passed away in late 1999 and Betty in April 2011. The Fund creates a lasting legacy of the love and support they showed to a community that they cherished. Through grantmaking, this Fund allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Gordon and Lucy Melms Fund

This Fund was started in late 2000 by Gordon and Lucy Melms, shortly before Gordon completed his term as President of the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Their support allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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James & Loretta Hipple Community Fund

Established in 2017 through the generosity of Jim and Loretta Hipple, this Fund provides the Community Foundation Board of Directors with additional support to use for needs and opportunities in the community. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Jerome and Blanche Cerny Undesignated Fund

Initiated in the latter part of 1999, this Fund will benefit the greater community and exists through the generosity of a former DeKalb couple who spent many years here as previous owners of WLBK-WDEK, DeKalb Radio Studios, Inc. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Richard and Carol Ubl Fund

This Fund was started through generous gifts from present and former Board members of the DeKalb County Community Foundation, to honor the Foundation’s first Executive Director, Dick Ubl, and his wife upon his retirement in 1999. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Rodney A. and Dorothy Thiele Wright Fund

Established in 1996 with a bequest of a large farm, this Fund provides support that allows the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. The intent of the donors was to give something back to the community that had been so good to them and their parents. Within the subdivision that was built on this farmland, there is a park that pays tribute to this generosity. Wright Park is a standing reminder of a family who is leaving a lasting legacy of love and support. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Ronald G. Klein Community Fund

Honoring the DeKalb County Community Foundation's first Board President Ronald Klein, allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Sally Stevens Community Fund

This retired Northern Illinois University secretary chose to use a life insurance policy to provide support to the Foundation. Ultimately funded from the policy's proceeds, it will allow the Foundation to support many of the causes that Sally has supported during her lifetime in the DeKalb-Sycamore area. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

S.B. and Eloise Watson Community Impact Fund

This Fund was established through a Charitable Remainder Trust to align with the mission of the Community Foundation and support causes in DeKalb County. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

Stephen R. and Betty L. Brown Endowment Fund

This Fund, established in 1999, honors lifelong Sycamore resident and founder of Brown's Supermarket, Steve Brown, who died in early 1999 and his wife Betty Brown who passed away in 2011. Through grantmaking, this Fund allows flexibility for the Community Foundation Board to give where the need is greatest. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Steven G. Anderson Community Fund

This Fund was established by Steven Anderson to provide grant resources that are directed by the Community Foundation Board. Helping today...Shaping tomorrow.

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Fundholders have 24/7 access to their Fund through the Fund Portal. The portal provides you the ability to interact with your Fund via a secure, password protected website.

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Donate online to any Fund at the Community Foundation in a few easy steps. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Together we are leaving a legacy of love and support.

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