DuPage Foundation is pleased to announce a total of $1 million in grants from its emergency COVID-19 Response Fund has been delivered to not-for-profit service providers in the DuPage County region to date. The third round of grants, totaling $500,000, was delivered this week, to support 43 DuPage County not-for-profits that provide food and emergency assistance, technology to support virtual health and education, access to healthcare, housing, and mental health services to support the community.

“This grant means some of the most in-need people who are DuPage residents are going to receive help. Some people called us back crying with happy tears after receiving the great news. I am sure you do know how much this help means to them,” said Alexandra Sossa, executive directorFarmworker and Landscaper Advocacy Project.

“Reaching this $1 million milestone has been a true testament to the power of the DuPage philanthropic community and how much they care about the County’s residents and its not-for-profit service providers,” said Dave McGowan, Foundation President & CEO. “The needs have been extraordinary but our community has stepped up in an extraordinary manner. However, there is more to do. DuPage Foundation is uniquely positioned to meet community needs.”

The COVID-19 Response Fund will continue to meet community needs as they arise and donations can still be made to this fund to address those needs.

DuPage Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund Grant Recipients Round 3:

Food and Emergency Financial Assistance: $324,000

Technology to Support Virtual Health and Education: $59,000

Access to Healthcare: $56,000

Housing: $41,000

Mental Health Services: $20,000

Previously, 36 grants totaling $500,000 were awarded in April and May during the first rounds of special COVID-19 Response Fund grantmaking. See all the recipients here.

DuPage Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million for its COVID-19 Response Fund. Our thanks goes to our lead partners including the Birck Family, the Hyett Family, two area private foundations wishing to remain anonymous, the Shebik Family, the Gustafson Family Foundation and the Snodgrass Family funds of the DuPage Foundation, along with scores of contributions from other individuals, businesses, and foundations. Special thanks to our most recent donors, Doris K. Christopher and Family and the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund.

The Foundation encourages donors to continue giving directly to their favorite charities and, for those who are interested and able, to continue to contribute to the DuPage Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund to help do a world of good, right here in our own back yard, and be part of a powerful, collaborative response to help people and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.