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Ways to Give

There are many ways to help the kids we serve. Whether it's through a cash donation, long-term gift or sharing your time and talent, Children's Home is always in need of your support. How can I help, you ask? Here are some answers.

1. Long-Term, Planned Giving

Gifts of this nature come in various forms... bequests (giving through your will), beneficiary designations, insurance, securities or real estate. These vital arrangements help ensure the good work we do at Children's Home.

Barker Society

When you make a bequest, you become a member of the Barker Society. Established in 2000, the Walter & Mary Barker Society recognizes those dedicated individuals who share the Barkers’ passion for children and who have made a financial commitment to fulfilling our mission.

Barker Society

Membership Benefits:

  • The satisfaction of making a strategic financial commitment to the children and families in our community for many years to come.
  • An invitation to the Annual Barker Society reception with an update on agency activity.
  • A membership plaque.
  • Your name will be placed on our donor wall.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a member of the Barker Society by including Children’s Home in your will or estate plan, please contact us at 309-687-7215.

The following members have confirmed will or estate plans that include Children's Home Association of Illinois:

  • Mr. & Mrs. David Bartolo
  • Ms. Lillian Florey
  • Mr. & Mrs. Anthony A. Frank
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. Gilmore
  • Mr. & Mrs. Darrell & Brigitte Grant
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jerry L. Hayden
  • Mr. & Mrs. Harold* & Susan Heun
  • Mr. Conrad C. Iber*
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bernie & Teresa Koch
  • Mr. Leonard F. Korgie*
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert E. McMillan
  • Anonymous
  • Ms. Helen Muellecker*
  • Mr. & Mrs. David & Caryl Noelken
  • Mr. & Mrs. Lowell Peterson
  • Mr. & Mrs. George* & Barbara Schaefer
  • Mr. & Mrs. Andy & Amy Schlicksup
  • Mr. & Mrs. James G. Sherman
  • Mr. E.B. Smart*
  • Mr. & Mrs. William Steadman
  • Mr. Dennis A. Steele
  • Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Lou Tenarvitz
  • Mrs. Sandra Garrett Ullman
  • Anonymous
  • Mr. Warren M. Webber*
  • Mr. & Mrs. Curtis & Jacqueline White
  • Mr. & Mrs. Clete & Jeanie Winkelmann
  • Mr. & Mrs. James & Marlene Wogsland
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joe & Diann Yelton
  • * deceased


Light the Way Society

By joining the Light the Way Society you are demonstrating, in a real and effective way, that you care about healing children, you admire their courage, you believe in their ability to overcome life's challenges, and you are committed to giving them hope for a brighter future.

Light the Way

If you would like to learn more about taking the pledge to commit to support Children’s Home, please contact us at 309-687-7215.

The following members of the Light the Way Society have committed to a ten-year plan for giving $1,100 annually to The Children's Home Association of Illinois:

  • Mr. & Mrs. Bryan E. Boland
  • Mr. Mark P. Brown
  • Mr. & Mrs. Timothy L. Elder
  • Mr. Philip L. Graves
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jason & Kimberly Hauer
  • Mrs. Susan Heun
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bernie & Teresa Koch
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery F. Lewis
  • Mr. & Mrs. Joseph D. O’Brien Jr.
  • Mr. & Mrs. William H. Parker
  • Mrs. Lois M. Pucelik
  • Mr. Frederick J. Stuber
  • Mr. & Mrs. Sean Seckel
  • Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Lou Tenarvitz
  • Ms. Sandra Garrett Ullman
  • Mr. James F. Vergon
  • Mr. David Wentworth, II, & Mrs. Elizabeth Jensen
  • Mr. & Mrs. Stephen E. Daggs

2. Endowment Funds

Endowment Funds are gifts that perpetuate our ability to continue identifying creative and innovative means of reaching out to current and future generations of children in our community. The Children’s Home Foundation is honored to acknowledge the following endowment funds:

  • Mary A. Barker Trust
  • Benjamin D. Desilets Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Arthur G. & Betty T. Heidrich Children in Crisis Fund
  • Harold Heun Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Frank Hoppert Trust
  • Laura Nelson Jobst Memorial Fund
  • Virginia & Homer Keller Memorial Fund
  • Lynne & Jerry Lisenby Scholarship Fund
  • Mabel Moir Lockwood Trust
  • Greg Noelken Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Phoebe Rose Fund
  • Craig E. Russell Memorial Fund
  • Scott’s Prairie Endowment Fund
  • James G. Sherman Leaders of Tomorrow Fund
  • Evelyn L. Smart Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Ullman Community Centered Fund
  • Herbert B. & Madeleine R. White Scholarship Fund

If you would like to learn more about establishing an Endowment Fund at Children’s Home, please contact us at 309-687-7215.

Or, you can start the process right now on our Donate page.

3. Tributes/Honorariums/Memorials

Celebrate family and friends on their birthday or anniversary. Say thank you on special occasions. Honor the life of a loved one. All of these can be done with tribute or memorial gifts to Children's Home.

4. Seasonal and Year-Round Giving Campaigns

Children's Home has several annual fundraising events that affect our kids not only financially, but also emotionally. Here are a few of them...

Holiday Adoption program

This is a seasonal favorite with our supporters. Helping a child's "Wish List" become a reality is quite a miraculous and wonderful event. To find out how you can participate, download the brochure below.

A Light in Every Window campaign

This campaign gives you a way to make a child's holiday season a little brighter.

5. In-Kind Gifts

In-kind donations are those contributions that are provided as goods and services rather than money. We've compiled a list of our most frequently needed items. Your generous help and support with these items is always appreciated.

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