2010
DuPage Community Foundation grant will help expand Benedictine arboretum

DuPage Community Foundation grant will help expand Benedictine arboretum
December 21, 2010

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University was one of 30 not-for-profit organizations in DuPage County to receive a 2010 Arts and Culture, Education and Environment Grant from The DuPage Community Foundation.

The $7,500 grant will help purchase trees and plantingArboreteum check Dec 2010 tools to expand the Benedictine University Arboretum. The arboretum plan was developed in 2006 in consultation and partnership with the Morton Arboretum to help break down pollutants before they enter the watershed, provide a natural habitat for wildlife, provide an outdoor classroom and laboratory for students to study woody plant life indigenous to DuPage County, demonstrate how green spaces can be incorporated into the corporate culture, and be a place of refuge and respite in a busy suburban environment.

Established in 1986, The DuPage Community Foundation is a publicly-supported 501 (c)(3) organization created to benefit the people of DuPage County. The foundation makes grants to not-for-profit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services.

Since its inception, the foundation has built its endowment to nearly $34 million and awarded nearly $11 million in grants to not-for-profit agencies serving the residents of DuPage County and elsewhere. For further information about The DuPage Community Foundation, contact Jeff Hartman, manager of development, at (630) 665-5556 or jhartman@dcfdn.org.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.