Ralph and Ann Dufour Scholarships for Catholic Education Acorn Fund


An Anniversary Gift to the CommunityRalph and Anne Dufour Scholarships for Catholic Education Acorn Fund

Ralph and Ann were married on November 10, 1951. Ralph was a sheetmetal worker and Ann was a nurse at St. Anthony’s, which later became Trinity Medical Center. They were involved in their church and all eight of their children received Catholic educations.

The Best Gift of All 

As their 60th anniversary approached in 2011, Ralph and Ann told their children they didn’t want any gifts. The children discussed an appropriate gift for some time, trying to reach a consensus. Then Chris Dufour, who serves on the Board of Catholic Charities, told them about the Community Foundation and the work we do.

The children decided to open the Ralph and Ann Dufour Scholarships for Catholic Education Acorn Fund. They will contribute a minimum of $1,000 a year to the Acorn Fund. Within 10 years, when it reaches $10,000 (it could be sooner depending on the contributions), the Acorn Fund will convert to an endowed fund and will begin providing scholarships to Catholic students in the Illinois Quad Cities area.

“It gives us an opportunity to give back to our parents for everything they gave us,” Bill said.

Their Cause

After spending decades involved in the Mothers and Fathers Clubs at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Ralph and Ann Dufour’s endowed fund will provide scholarships to help students afford a Catholic education. In a way, they will end up having children in Catholic schools for many decades to come.

"The Foundation ensures that our dollars are used as efficiently as possible."

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