Naperville Education Foundation Launches Kid Booster Crisis Fund

In these unprecedented times, the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) has created a Kid Booster Crisis Fund, an emergency fund providing immediate access to financial assistance for Naperville 203 students and families in need.

  • Financial support related to housing
  • Meals for evenings and weekends
  • Transportation needs

This crisis fund will directly help Naperville 203’s most at-risk students, including the 15% of Naperville 203’s 16,500 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, and the 1% of students who are homeless. These are the families in our community who are most vulnerable to the overall impact of this virus. 

Executive Director Wendy Goettsch explained, “As our community and nation navigate uncharted waters, NEF is proud to be a vehicle to support the most vulnerable students and families in our Naperville 203 community.”

This fund is a part of NEF’s existing Kid Booster Anonymous Fund. Kid Booster helps students in time of need and always has. This fund is accessed by the district’s social workers to meet the needs of the most at-risk students in our community. They access this fund when no other source of funding can be found. It’s the safety net for Naperville 203’s students.

NEF founders John Matsock and Ed Channell started the Kid Booster Anonymous fund 27 years ago to help provide financial assistance to the students in Naperville 203 who needed it most. Their support continues today with each making a significant contribution to the Kid Booster Crisis Fund.

“NEF is proud to use the Kid Booster Anonymous Fund to help even more during this time of national emergency,” NEF Board Chair Kitty Ryan said. “All the money raised will go directly to meet the needs of Naperville 203’s most vulnerable students and families, and will go to them now.”

Donations can be made online at or via checks made payable to NEF and mailed to NEF, 203 W. Hillside, Naperville, IL 60540.

The Naperville Education Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Illinois corporation, supporting Naperville 203.

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The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) raises and grants funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students. With the generous support of foundations, businesses, educational professionals and individual donors, NEF is able to provide financial resources that increase learning opportunities by supplementing school district budgets. NEF encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in our students by helping to ensure that every student in the district can take advantage of opportunities to make the most of their education.

Additional Info

Media Contact : Wendy Goettsch, Executive Director, 630-420-3086

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