Doug and Lori Spesia instilled the spirit of philanthropy in their children—John, Chris, David and Sarah—through their strong Catholic faith and daily example. Doug Spesia was a founding Trustee of The Will County Community Foundation. He and Lori set up one of the Foundation’s first Donor Advised Funds. Their sons, John and Chris, along with their wives followed in their footsteps by establishing their own Funds. When Doug passed away in 2010, their son Chris took Doug’s place on the Board and has grown into his own valuable role. But the Spesia family has done more than just help the Foundation. Their philanthropic spirit, financial resources, time and talent have been shared widely and have touched organizations that they value, such as Daybreak Center, Catholic Charities, the Joliet Montessori School, The George Werden Buck Boys & Girls Club, local parishes, a Benedictine Monastery, and local Catholic educational institutions.
The Law Firm of Spesia & Taylor has also made a substantial financial commitment to the Community Foundation of Will County by establishing an endowed fund. The Spesia & Taylor Fund will provide ongoing support to the Community Foundation’s annual grant making program. According to Firm Partner Chris Spesia, a Board Member of the Community Foundation, “the Spesia & Taylor Fund is an investment in the most needy residents of Will County and in those agencies that provide invaluable service to our community.”