About Us

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The Geneva Foundation for the Arts (GFA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization created in 2013. We are eligible to receive tax deductible donations from private citizens and businesses, grants from government sources as well as local, regional and national private foundations. 

We are dedicated to support all the arts in the community by providing grants to eligible applicants. The Foundation is also building an endowment to create, maintain and operate a Geneva Arts Center. 

We envision the establishment of an arts center that will provide a gallery, performance spaces and educational opportunities in the arts.  Consequently, in 2016 a panel of citizens, GFA Board members and City of Geneva cultural arts commissioners developed a business plan for a Geneva Arts Center, to be managed by the Foundation.


With concurrence from the Geneva City Council, whose members agreed that the foundation was needed for undertaking arts support in ways that the arts commission could not, members of the commission worked with Scott Finzen, an attorney specializing in nonprofits. 

Bylaws, policies and procedures were developed. The foundation chose a board comprised of Geneva Cultural Arts Commission members and local residents, then applied for and received its 501c3 status in the summer of 2013. 

Initial board was comprised of Kent Gallagher, President; Tim Vetang, Vice-President; Patricia Engel, Treasurer; 
Trish Tkach, Secretary; Carolyn Hill and Ernest Mahaffey.

 © 2015 Geneva Foundation for the Arts  •  P.O. Box 86  •  Geneva, IL 60134