Building Future Leaders – The Cornerstone Christian Academy Fund


Announcing the Cornerstone Christian Academy Fund, a new designated endowment fund at the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Created through the generosity of Bud and Debra Burgin, this fund will provide ongoing support to Cornerstone Christian Academy to continue their mission of providing each student a comprehensive education, based on God’s truth, while building stronger relationships among parents, staff, and students.

Bud and Debra Burgin have lived in DeKalb for over 30 years. During those 30 years, the Burgins have stayed connected to the community through a variety of volunteer roles at their church and local nonprofits. One of these volunteer roles for Bud included a term from 1993-1996 on the inaugural board of directors for the DeKalb County Community Foundation. Their desire in setting up this new fund is to continue the good work they see at Cornerstone Christian Academy, the school where their grandson attends. “We are so impressed with the way our grandson has stretched and grown both academically and spiritually, since enrolling in Cornerstone,” said Bud. “We want to ensure this institution continues to build leaders that will influence society for the glory of God.”

Cornerstone Christian Academy is located at 355 N. Cross Street in Sycamore. Founded in 1976, Cornerstone exists as an independent PreK-12 grade Christian School accredited by the Association of Christian School International (ACSI).

“Through faithful donor partners who help support our annual financial obligations, Cornerstone is able to live out its mission,” explained Cornerstone Christian Academy Interim Administrator Kevin White. “We are beyond grateful to Bud and Deb for looking at the ongoing, lasting legacy of our school and investing in the lives of these young people. “

To date, there are more than 75 designated endowment funds at the Community Foundation. Designated funds provide much needed support to organizations, nonprofits or institutions both now and in the future. For more information, please contact Executive Director Dan Templin at 815-748-5383 or

Donate to the Cornerstone Christian Academy Fund, or any other fund, online at or by mail to the DeKalb County Community Foundation – 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.

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