CREO DuPage receives $10K grant from DuPage Foundation

  • Spanish professor Patricia Bayona, right, welcomes CREO DuPage families to North Central College on a brisk Saturday morning in December.

    Spanish professor Patricia Bayona, right, welcomes CREO DuPage families to North Central College on a brisk Saturday morning in December. Courtesy of CREO DuPage

Updated 1/11/2022 5:55 PM

CREO DuPage was one of 31 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant through DuPage Foundation's Community Needs Grant Program.

During the fall, 2021, Community Needs cycle, DuPage Foundation awarded $432,193 to organizations working in the areas of education, arts & culture, environment, and animal welfare. CREO DuPage received a grant in the amount of $10,000 to support Build CREO which will provide additional volunteer and staff support to facilitate the increase in the number of CREO students and families served each year.


CREO's mission is to empower motivated Latinx high school students and their families with the resources and relationships to prepare them to complete college degrees and progress to meaningful careers.

"We are very excited to be partnering with the DuPage Foundation to meet the needs of the Latinx community in DuPage County. The opportunities that this grant represents will equip us with the resources that we need in order to reach more students and families."


"CREO is a wonderful program where it not only benefits the students but the whole family. They care about your future and help you establish goals to get you where you should be," said Jocelyn T., a Glenbard West High School senior

During the past fiscal year, DuPage Foundation granted nearly $9 million dollars through Community Needs, donor-advised grants, special initiatives, and designated grants. Thanks to additional donations from DuPage Foundation's donors and donor-advisors, the Foundation was able to grant $179,393 above its regular Community Needs grant budget.

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"We are proud to deploy these much-needed grants to the not-for-profit organizations that work tirelessly to serve our community, especially as the lingering effects of the pandemic have forced many to reimagine and rebuild their operations and programs," said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundations vice president for programs. "We are grateful to our donors for their generosity and desire to expand funding to support these organizations."

Applications for DuPage Foundation's Community Needs Grant Program are accepted twice per year. The Spring Cycle delivers grants to organizations working in health & human services with applications due on March 4.

DuPage Foundation is a 501(c)(3) community foundation, is the philanthropic leader in DuPage County, Illinois. DuPage Foundation manages more than $125 million in assets and has awarded more than $60 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations serving the residents of DuPage County since its founding in 1986. Individuals and organizations seeking to provide impactful support to address critical issues in DuPage County and beyond can create powerful customizable gift solutions and partnerships through DuPage Foundation. More at Doing a world of good in our own backyard.

For further information regarding CREO DuPage, a 501(c)(3) organization, please contact James Johnson at (708) 232-3132 or

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