March Is Scholarship Application Month – March 2016



U‐46 school district students, who have been recommended by their counselor or
another school administrator, are encouraged to apply for a Wisdom Family Foundation Scholarship.   The scholarship provides funding for higher education expenses, offers an incentive to students who have

overcome difficult circumstances and encourages their commitment to learning.

Check eligibility and submission requirements here.



Boys & Girls Club of Elgin Supporter – December 2015


We are delighted to be a Boys & Girls Club of Elgin supporter and help them in their mission to be the leader in youth development programs and serve over 2,000 Elgin-area youths as well as be a Great Futures Gala fundraiser sponsor.

IMG_1544-12815Last December, we were visited by some of the young members of the Boys & Girls Club of Elgin. They thanked us for our support and sang a variety of holiday songs to us.

Food For Greater Elgin Hunger Partner – 2015


We are proud to be a Food For Greater Elgin Hunger Partner and support their efforts to serve low income residents in Elgin, South Elgin, and East Dundee where individuals and families in need can receive meat, fresh produce, dairy, deli and shelf stable items. Food For Greater Elgin serves 1,200 families each month.

Change for Hunger Challenge – October 2015

SOuth Elgin High School


Last year, the Wisdom Family Foundation matched South Elgin High School’s Change for Hunger contributions to fight hunger in the community. Change for Hunger was an Elgin-area food challenge fundraiser sponsored by Food For Greater Elgin and in partnership with Elgin Area School District U-46.

Kane County Bar Association Turning Point Juvenile Diversion Program Grant – September 2015

Kane CountyWe are thrilled to be a grantor to the Kane County Bar Association’s Turning Point Juvenile Diversion Program.

Their Turning Point Juvenile Diversion Program is an early intervention program that offers first time offenders an opportunity to divert from Juvenile Court processing, “with the completion of the program’s requirements.”  Turning Point addresses today’s issues by providing current education on drug trends, risk taking behaviors and its consequences.

The Kane County Bar Association is a professional legal organization whose membership includes over 1200 attorneys, judges, paralegals and students

Click here to learn more about the Turning Point Juvenile Diversion Program


Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation Sponsor – August 2015

Cal's AngelsCal’s Angels, a pediatric cancer foundation, grants wishes and provides financial assistance to Chicago-area kids fighting cancer and their families. We are pleased to be a Cal’s Angels sponsor and help Elgin-area children and families who are dealing with cancer.

Wisdom Family Foundation Awards Scholarships to Fourteen U-46 High School Seniors – May 2015

Elgin, IL- The Wisdom Family Foundation, supporter of sustainable initiatives for children and families in the greater Elgin area, awarded fourteen U-46 high school seniors with $1,500.00 Wisdom Family Foundation scholarships to be used towards higher education expenses. The recipients are:

Larkin Student Recipients

Paul Preston, Vice President of Sales at Wisdom Adhesives Worldwide and Larkin’s College Coordinator Brittney Walker with the 7 Wisdom Family Foundation scholarship recipients from Larkin High School

Bartlett HS :  Alazee Bey
Larkin HS: Hernan Ramirez-Chevez; Jenna Nacht;  Jeong-Mee Mok-Morrison;
Dulcy Walbridge; Brittany Brannon; Genelle Ortiz; Trenten Jackson
South Elgin HS: Tiffany Kroll; Robert Valdez-Withrow; John Hansen
Elgin HS: Lorena Villagomez
Streamwood HS: Aaliya Winters; Khatiya Phommavong

In order to qualify for this scholarship, candidates must meet specific application criteria including being recommended by their school’s guidance counselor, submitting a written essay, obtaining a letter of recommendation as well as providing acceptable GPA and ACT scores.

Managing Director of Kristi Wisdom of the Wisdom Family Foundation explains, “Our U-46 scholarship program targets students who have faced and overcome extraordinary challenges. We applaud their strong passion and commitment to furthering their education and feel very fortunate to be able to offer these students scholarships.”

Established in 2007, the Wisdom Family Foundation’s mission is to foster the positive growth and well-being of children and families in the greater Elgin, IL area through financial and charitable support. The foundation advocates for strong families and youth programs. Applications for Wisdom Family Foundation grant money from organizations, individuals and families need to be sustainable in nature and must have a positive effect on their beneficiaries, the environment or a cause.

To apply for foundation grant money, visit the foundation’s new website at or write The Wisdom Family Foundation, c/o Wisdom Adhesives, 1575 Executive Way, Elgin, IL 60123.


Boys and Girls Club of Elgin – Great Futures Gala – October 17, 2014

Boys and Girls Club Gala We are proud to be a sponsor of the Boys and Girls Club 2014 Great Futures Gala and help Elgin area youths realize their potential and help guide
them towards GREAT FUTURES.  Click here for information on the gala.

Wisdom Family Foundation is Honored to Support Project Access in their Mission to Provide Equal Opportunities for Students Without Housing – September 2014

“The Wisdom Family Foundation has offered hope, a chance for school success and a promising future to hundreds of U-46 children in need. The continued support through their generous donations have paid for laptops, scholarships, outdoor education field trips, school instrument rentals, dance lessons, field trips to Springfield, emergency transportation to doctors, clinics, hearing aid checkups, sports equipment and the list goes on. With all this being said, the generosity of the Wisdom Family Foundation has offered hope and a level playing field to these most vulnerable students, but most importantly, they have shown these children that there are people that care about them, their lives and future and that their community is a good caring place with wonderful caring people.”

~ Maggie Schroeder, Project Access Coordinator

Project Access removes barriers for access to equal education and serves children in the School District U-46 community that have no housing to call their own. Whether they are victims of generational poverty or have fallen on hard times, their wishes are to have the same experiences, opportunities, and chances for a promising future as their housed peers. Engaging children in learning is complicated and is so much more than sitting in a classroom.

Wisdom Adhesives and Wisdom Family Foundation are Proud to Support Food For Greater Elgin and their Expansion! – September 2014

“ Food For Greater Elgin is honored to be a collaborative partner with Wisdom Adhesives/ Wisdom Family Foundation and applauds their passion for giving back to the community. With the help of Wisdom Adhesive /Wisdom Family Foundation’s ongoing support of Board leadership, generous funding, and volunteerism, Food For Greater Elgin is currently providing food assistance to 1200 families monthly, benefiting 5500 individuals, of whom half are children.”

~Susan Ericson, Executive Director, Food For Greater Elgin


The Wisdom Family Foundation is a proud Founding Partner and sponsor of Food For Greater Elgin since 2012. Food For Greater Elgin provides food security for families within Elgin and South Elgin for the past 3 years, and recently expanded its services to its northern neighboring community – East Dundee. With the collaboration of key community leaders and the awareness of additional hunger needs, Food For Greater Elgin will now provide the low income residents of East Dundee with food through 5 weekly client choice food distributions at the Food For Greater Elgin facilities in Elgin.


Food For Greater Elgin has officially opened their new Community Resource Center, which provides clients with access to many additional services they may need to stabilize their lives. In addition, Food For Greater Elgin has launched its own additional service of SNAP/food stamp application assistance.


Food For Greater Elgin practices the innovative Client Choice Food Distribution approach where families can shop with grocery carts, choosing food items versus receiving pre-bagged groceries. Through this method, Food For Greater Elgin serves 1200 families, benefitting 5500 individuals in those households. 44% of those individuals are children under 18 years old. There are 5 food distributions weekly, including daytime, evening, and weekend hours. 75% of Food For Great Elgin’s client population visits one of the food pantries 6 or less times annually. By stabilizing lives with food, Food For Greater Elgin enables families to address other basic needs in their lives, which results in more independence.