During the week of November 13-19, 2016, the DuPage Foundation will join more than 780 community foundations across America in celebrating Community Foundation Week. For more than 25 years, this community celebration has raised awareness throughout the nation about the increasingly important role of community foundations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address critical civic and economic challenges throughout their communities.

Locally, the DuPage Foundation will celebrate Community Foundation Week by holding its Annual Benefit Dinner on Saturday, November 19. The Pearl Ball: A 30th Anniversary Celebration & Benefit will be held at The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus in Oak Brook. Since its inception, the Foundation’s Annual Benefit has evolved into one of DuPage County’s premier galas. Its purpose is to generate vital support for the Foundation so that throughout the rest of the year it can concentrate on its mission and services to the community. Additional information about The Pearl Ball may be found on the Foundation’s website, www.dupagefoundation.org.

“Thanks to our donors, the DuPage Foundation has made an incredible difference in our community during the last 30 years,” said David McGowan, CFRE, president & CEO. “As the demand for funding increases, we work diligently to find ways to better meet area needs and help ensure that DuPage County remains a vibrant place in which to live, work and play.”

Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors and channel them to local not-for-profits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. They represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—working to advance solutions on a wide range of social issues.

Community Foundation Week, created in 1989 by former President George H.W. Bush, recognizes the important work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors to address community problems.