Community Needs Grant from DuPage Foundation

June 16, 2021
Community Day Services

Ray Graham Association Receives $24,835 Community Needs Grant from DuPage Foundation

Ray Graham Association was one of 37 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant through DuPage Foundation’s Spring Community Needs Grant Program (Community Needs or CNGP). DuPage Foundation awarded $702,860, a new record amount, to organizations working in the areas of Health & Human Services. Ray Graham Association received a grant in the amount of $24,835 to provide peer counseling support for people with disabilities. “The Harbaugh Family Fund through DuPage Foundation’s community-driven generosity has brought together NAMI DuPage and Ray Graham Association to ensure that DuPage residents with disabilities have access to valuable mental healthcare,” said Ray Graham Association President & CEO Kim Zoeller.

Founded in 1950, Ray Graham Association serves nearly 2,000 people with disabilities and employs about 350 people. Ray Graham enriches lives by empowering those we support and those who care for them to reach, grow, and achieve. Since 1997, the Council of Quality and Leadership (CQL) has accredited Ray Graham Association for our leadership’s vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people. 87% of every dollar donated to Ray Graham Association goes directly to people with disabilities. Learn more at

Thanks to additional donations from DuPage Foundation’s donors and donor-advisors, the Foundation was able to grant $307,388 above its regular Community Needs grant budget. “We are so fortunate to have such caring and generous donors who see the value in helping those with limited resources in our community,” said Barb Szczepaniak, DuPage Foundation vice president for programs. “With their added support, we were able to award well-deserved grants to more local not-for-profit organizations which in turn expands services and resources to those most in need in DuPage County.”

During the past fiscal year, DuPage Foundation has awarded $8.3 million on behalf of donors and the community. Applications for the Community Needs Grant Program are accepted twice per year. Grant applications in the areas of education, arts & culture, environment and animal welfare are due Friday, Sep. 3, 2021, at 5 p.m. See more information and apply here. Since its inception, DuPage Foundation has grown to more than $115 million in total assets and awarded more than $55 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations. For more information, visit

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