Spirito! Singers receives 2017 DuPage Foundation Community Needs Grant
Spirito! Singers was one of 24 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant at the DuPage Foundation’s Holiday Open House held on Wednesday, December 6, at the Foundation’s office in Downers Grove. The DuPage Foundation awarded more than $240,000 in grants to organizations working in the areas of Arts & Culture, Education and the Environment as part of its 2017 Fall Community Needs Grant Cycle. The $5000 grant will help underwrite the purchase of choral sheet music for the Spirito! Music Library.
Music is alive like no other art; through innovative fresh performances, it is reborn for new generations. An organization’s music library is at the very core of this ability. “Much consideration goes into the purchase of music each season for our library,” states Molly Lindberg, Spirito! Artistic Director and Founder. “The goal is to provide an outstanding experience for our 235 singers and our audience of 5000+ annually. To fulfill Spirito!’s mission, it is important to provide music that is new, fresh, and representative of differing styles, cultures and traditions.”
“I feel fortunate to work with our exceptional Grant Committee members who carefully review the many applications we receive each grant cycle to select programs for funding that address the most critical needs of DuPage County as well as those that make our community a vibrant place in which to live and work,” said Barb Szczepaniak, Foundation vice president for programs. “There is never enough funding to support every deserving program, but thanks to the generosity of a Foundation donor and representatives of some of our donor-advised funds, the Committee’s grant budget this cycle received a boost of $79,500. We were excited to be in the position to fund an unprecedented 63% of the applications we received and to be able to provide every single recipient organization with the full amount of their request.”
The DuPage Foundation is DuPage County’s philanthropic leader. Established in 1986 to raise the quality of life throughout DuPage County, the Foundation serves our community by helping area residents and organizations realize their unique charitable goals, providing impactful support to our community’s not-for-profits, and fostering 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 looking to make a difference for our community and the causes about which they are most passionate. Since its inception, the Foundation has grown to nearly $90 million in assets and awarded nearly $35 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and beyond.