Cook fund responds to needs, opportunities in DeKalb County

The Don and Faith Cook Community Fund, recently established through the DeKalb County Community Foundation, adds resources to the foundation’s board-directed grant programs, allowing them to respond to needs and opportunities throughout DeKalb County.

“We wanted to give back to the community and help with local needs,” Don and Faith Cook said in a news release. “Through the creation of this fund, we can do just that. The board of the Community Foundation is aware of ongoing issues and needs. We trust them to be good stewards of our contribution.”

Don and Faith Cook have lived in the DeKalb community most of their lives. They both graduated from DeKalb High School and attended classes at Kishwaukee College and Northern Illinois University. Don extended his education while working with the General Electric Company, completing a four-year journeyman toolmaker program. He followed up with a three-year management course, which consisted of training in all phases of manufacturing. This program led to various positions, including tool design, production control, process planning, shop supervisor, quality control, manufacturing engineering and area manager, to complete his 42-year G.E. career.

Faith studied floral design at Kishwaukee College and has made many designs for family and friends over the years. She developed a passion for youth and education during her 27-year career with the DeKalb School District. But, overall, she cherished her time as a homemaker and mother to their three children.

Don and Faith are members of St. Mary’s Church, the Elks Club (P.E.R.), and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. They are avid golfers and have won many trophies over the years. Their most outstanding golf achievement was entering the Farm Bureau State Golf Tournament in 1993 and winning the state championship for couples. The Cooks also love to travel, visiting all 50 states in the U.S. and at least a dozen other countries. To top it off, they are huge sports fans and enjoy rooting on the Chicago Bears, Cubs and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Donations to any fund at the Community Foundation, including the Don and Faith Cook Community Fund, can be made online at or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178. For questions or to start your charitable fund, contact Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or