GENEVA—CASA Kane County, a local nonprofit organization serving abused and neglected children in Juvenile Court, was recently awarded a $500,000 grant from The Dunham Fund in support of its planned Grow a Healthy Child Program & Operational Endowment Campaign.
The first $100,000 represents an outright lead gift to the campaign that will be accompanied by a challenge and matching grant of 40 cents for every additional dollar raised by CASA, up to a maximum of $400,000 toward the organization’s overall campaign goal of $5 million.
CASA is the sole provider of trained Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem volunteers serving more than 500 children each year.
The Dunham Fund could provide up to 10 percent of the overall campaign goal that CASA has set to support the agency’s programs and services. The endowment will support educational resources for volunteers, volunteer supervision and case management, and the program’s Transitioning Youth Initiative, which provides resources for foster youths as they reach independence. All funds raised from CASA’s Grow a Healthy Child Program & Operational Endowment Campaign will be invested in one or more endowment funds at the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley and elsewhere. The interest generated from the two endowments will be used to support the ongoing program development and operational needs of CASA Kane County’s advocacy programs for the children it serves.
CASA Kane County has been appointed to represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in juvenile court since 1988. Over the past seven years, the organization has also been appointed to all private guardianship cases involving minors. The organization estimates that 500 children will be served this year, a number that has increased annually since 2007, resulting in the need to recruit and train additional Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteers each year.
For information, visit www.casakanecounty.org.