Ann Haskins Foundation
The Ann Haskins Foundation Board of Directors granted over $3.5 million to Wheaton College in 2013 for expanding the special education options in Wheaton’s education department. The funds will be used to permanently endow a faculty line dedicated to offerings in special education, create scholarships for students pursuing special education credentials, offer research opportunities for students pursuing this track, and provide other support funds that will be used toward the new program. Through this grant, education students will have more opportunities to specialize and earn credentials in this field. The Ann Haskins Foundation made this grant to help commemorate the life of Ann Haskins, a wonderful human being who bore a severe tragic learning disability cheerfully, uncomplainingly and with innate poise and grace. The Foundation is excited over Wheaton College's commitment to developing a special education teaching program, including collaboration with Marklund Day School.
Kern Family Foundation
In 2013, the Kern Family Foundation awarded a grant to the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy towards a four-day symposium taking place in the summer of 2014 on the campus of Wheaton College. This symposium will assist pastors to engage with their congregants in the areas of work and economics.
Illinois Arts Council
The Illinois Arts Council awarded Wheaton a $6,015 grant in 2013 to support the annual Artist Series, which brings world-class performing artists to Wheaton "for the purpose of exploring, enjoying, and celebrating God's creative gifts." Thanks to this grant and others, the Artist Series at Wheaton College has made performances by internationally acclaimed artists accessible and affordable to the local community.
Support for the Community School of the Arts (CSA) at Wheaton College
Tyndale House Foundation, Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, The DuPage Community Foundation
The Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) initiative, launched in 2006 by the Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College, has received ongoing grant support from the Tyndale House Foundation, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation, and The DuPage Community Foundation. CODA provides no-cost music instruction to more than 500 at-risk children in DuPage County who lack exposure to the arts due to financial and demographic barriers. The CODA program is currently focused in West Chicago District 33 schools, with a small component at World Relief DuPage Preschool in Wheaton. The District 33 program includes both a Suzuki violin and a recorder program, as well as pre-kindergarten and kindergarten early childhood music classes.
JCS Fund for Arts and Education at The DuPage Community Foundation
In 2013, the JCS Fund for Arts and Education awarded CSA a $200,000 grant, designated as two $100,000 awards to be received in 2013 and 2014. This generous grant will expedite the growth of the CODA Program by adding an administrator and additional teachers, and will also purchase instruments for CODA students. This substantial funding will provide an introduction to the arts for hundreds of DuPage County children who would not otherwise have the opportunity.