Established in 1986 to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, DuPage Foundation helps area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals, provides impactful support to our community’s not-for-profits and fosters key partnerships to address critical issues affecting DuPage County. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation receives contributions and bequests from individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations seeking to make a difference for our community and the causes that matter most to them. Since its inception, DuPage Foundation has grown to more than $125 million in assets and awarded more than $60 million in grants to not-for-profits serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.
At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, DuPage Foundation recognized the not-for-profit sector was facing an immense surge in demand for essential services as the community suffered a multitude of economic hardships. Poised to ask the local philanthropic community for immediate assistance, the Foundation promptly created a COVID-19 Response Fund to support the local not-for-profits responding to the repercussions of the global emergency. The Fund was set up to receive contributions from those looking to give locally during a time of crisis as part of a powerful, coordinated response. The Foundation raised and granted $1.8 million to not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County over multiple rounds of grantmaking, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of donors.
As DuPage County’s philanthropic leader, the Foundation is in a unique position to champion every facet of the charitable giving process. Through strategic grantmaking, personalized donor services, sharing giving strategies with professional advisors, and providing resources to not-for-profit organizations, DuPage Foundation is the catalyst of philanthropy in DuPage County.
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