Fox Development is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant community by donating to local organizations and sponsoring events.
Champaign & Urbana Public Libraries
Through a matching challenge donation to our local libraries in Champaign and Urbana, Fox Development Corporation has made an innovative, on-line after-school tutoring program available through tutor.com to every single school-aged child with a library card in the cities of Champaign and Urbana. Accessible from home, local libraries, school, and anywhere else kids can find a computer and internet connection, tutor.com allows kids of all ages to get Live Homework Help on a wide variety of subjects. Said one young user: “My tutor.com session was so helpful. I understand everything better now and want to thank [Mr. Fox and the libraries] for doing this. It really helps to have someone explain it to you. Tutor.com made me more confident with my chemistry.”
Parkland Community College is an important institution in our region, serving nearly 12,000 students through affordable vocational-technical and academic education. Founded in 1966, Parkland offers career and transfer programs, community classes and workshops, and online courses.
Fox Development Corporation has long been a supporter of Parkland, making considerable gifts to support college scholarships and other educational programs and improvements. In 2006, to honor retiring Parkland President Zelema Harris, Fox Development Corporation donated $12,600 as an endowment to help create five scholarships annually for Parkland students interested in health care-related professions. In 2004, Fox Development donated $2,500 to the Construction Education Alliance, teaching students construction trades. The funds were used for scholarships to boost the diversity of students able to afford to attend this program. Other gifts along the way have helped develop other scholarships for students interested in business, finance, and other related degrees.
"Peter Fox has assisted Parkland College immeasurably with his leadership in various projects over the past ten years. Financially, we appreciate Peter's contributions, but his insight and influence has been even more beneficial.” – Carl Meyer, Executive Director, Parkland College Foundation
University of Illinois Pollinatarium
Peter Fox was the lead donor and developer of the University of Illinois Pollinatarium, the first free-standing science center in the nation deveoted to flowering plants and their pollinators. Mr. Fox's personal goal for the project was to open up a community resource available for every elementary school in the area. For the Pollinatarium development, Peter arranged for an architect to draw up plans for the renovation, for local businesses to donate HVAC, plumbing, and electrical work, and for a Boy Scout Troop to take on site cleanup and prairie restoration as a service project.
Peter Fox is also a regular annual contributor to DIA and helps support the IFund and funding for recruiting new student athletes. Peter is part of the Loyalty Circle at the IFund.
Krannert Center for Performing Arts and Krannert Art Museum
Fox Development has been a continued sponsor of Krannert annually. Kim and Peter Fox have sponsored numerous exhibits at the museum, including:
Balance and Power: Performance and Surveillance in Video Art
Uninterrupted Flux: Hedda Sterne
When We were Young: New Perspectives on the Art of the Child
Fox Family Faculty Endowments
Kim and Peter Fox gave $2 million to the University of Illinois to help recruit top professors and promote business growth in Champaign-Urbana. The $2 million funds four professorships at $500,000 each, with priority given to faculty who are involved in private business and in the development and transfer of UI technologies to the private sector. The professorships will be in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the College of Business, and in one other department to be determined by the chancellor.
These professors have been named:
Electrical and Computer Engineering: Professor Thomas Overbye, Founder of PowerWorld
Chemical Engineering: Professor Richard Masel, Founder of Tekion
Business: Professor Mark C. Vonnahme
Cozad Lecture Series and Cozad Business Plan Competition
The Cozad Lecture Series was established by a gift from Kim and Peter Fox and enhanced by additional gifts from the family and friends of Dale Cozad. This lecture series honors the memory of Dale Cozad and the hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit that led to his great success. This program is administered through the College of Business and the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. Examples of past speakers include: Shahid Khan, Jimmy John Liautaud, Paul Orfalea who founded Kinko's, and Dr. Hatim Tyabji Chairman of Bytemobile, who is also a member of the Board of Directors for Best Buy.
The V. Dale Cozad Business Plan Competition is designed to encourage students, researchers, and community members to create new sustainable businesses in the Champaign-Urbana area. The winner gets cash and assistance. He is usually a judge for the competition and tries to help make business connections for the winners. Examples of successful companies that have been funded or were finalists include: aPriori, Kim Labs, Intersymbol, InstaRecon, etc. This program is administered through the College of Engineering TEC office. Peter Fox funds this competition annually. For more information about the Cozad Business Plan Competition, click here.