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Funders Panel

  • Thursday, June 15, 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • NIU Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Road, Naperville
  • 81


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Please join us for a panel of area funders who will tell us about their foundations in general and their grant programs in particular. 

What burning questions do you need answered regarding grants and foundations?  This program will be highly interactive in nature and encourage open dialogue between panelists and attendees.  

Learn first-hand from the experts how two family foundations and your local community foundation determine their giving priorities, how they prefer to build relationships with the charities they fund, what they look for in appeals and proposals, what they expect and appreciate when they receive reports or make follow-up visits with your organization, and hear about their recently funded projects and how their funding processes work.

Moderator: David M. McGowan, CFRE, DuPage Foundation

Dave has been the chief staff officer of the DuPage Foundation in Wheaton for more than 19 years. He has nearly 36 years of fundraising, grantmaking and not-for-profit management experience in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is the 2009 receipient of the WSPN Distinguished Service Award.


Allen M. Gustafson, President, Gustafson Family Foundation

Al Gustafson is a spiritual director and retreat leader.  He has been a staff member at Old St. Patrick’s Church, Chicago since 1994. He is a founder and past president of the Career Transitions Center of Chicago. Al is the president of the Gustafson Family Foundation, a private foundation promoting the development and education of young children at risk.

Timothy J. Kolschowsky, President Gerald A. & Karen A. Kolschowsky Foundation

Has served as President of the Gerald A. & Karen A Kolschowsky Foundation since 2011.  Prior to the Foundation worked in Statistical Process control for several food companies.  Currently travels to Africa in support of Programs partnerships with Iowa State and Michigan State.

Barbara S. Szczepaniak, Vice President for Programs, DuPage Foundation

Barb provides oversight for all of the DuPage Foundation’s grant programs.  She works with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Grant Committee and staff to develop and implement initiatives aimed at raising the quality of life for DuPage residents. She is the recipient of the 2012 West Suburban Philanthropic Network Grantmaker of the Year Award and Suburban Life Magazine’s 2016 Woman of Distinction Award.

Registration and coffee begin at 8:00 AM. 

Program starts at 8:30 a.m.

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