What Is the DuPage Foundation?
The DuPage Foundation is a grantmaking foundation created in 1986 to benefit the people of DuPage County, Illinois. Our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds are used to address community needs while our donor-advised and other restricted funds accomplish the charitable goals of their creators throughout DuPage County and beyond. Because the Foundation is a public charity, donors enjoy maximum tax advantages.
The Foundation's strength and character come from its distinctive qualities:
- A flexible, yet permanent, collection of funds supported by a wide range of donors.
The expertise to determine the best use of those funds to meet community needs in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services. The Foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $24 million to agencies servicing the residents of DuPage County and beyond.
A Board of Trustees representing the community and serving the public interest.
An organizational commitment to provide leadership on current and emerging community problems such as basic human needs, the environment, and children and youth.
A commitment to create funds and distribute proceeds in accordance with donors' intentions.
The adherence to a sense of "community" that cooperates with individual interests and objectives.
Who Does the DuPage Foundation Serve?
We offer several vehicles for giving.
- Named or anonymous
- Permanent or pass-through
- General or specific interest
- Active participation or less-direct involvement
We offer resources for estate planning.
- Various options for making deferred gifts
- Potential to involve family members
- Contacts for discussing philanthropic objectives
We offer immediate program support.
- Community Needs grants from the Foundation Board
- Partners in community-wide initiatives seeded by the Foundation
- Recipients of designated funds established by donors
We are partners in building charitable capital.
- Able to establish agency endowments at the Foundation
- Able to collaborate in assessing needs
The community is the beneficiary of charitable capital.
- Can obtain local support for initiatives sponsored by local groups
- Can meet emergency needs and manage them locally
- Can be a neutral convener to address local issues
- We maintain a community endowment to ensure future support