Due to the global health crisis, donors responded throughout 2020 with swift and profound generosity to meet the needs in local communities and around the world. As we head into 2021, giving back has never been easier, and charitable organizations, like SOS Illinois, need your support now more than ever!
In an effort to make contributing to SOS Illinois as simple as possible, we share two simple ways that you can make an impact on a local charity this year.
1) Utilize Facebook Fundraising on Your Birthday and Share Your Special Day with Children in Foster Care
Fundraising through Facebook on your birthday is a quick, safe, and user-friendly way to help support sibling groups in Illinois foster care. Money raised helps support food and clothing costs, educational expenses such as tutoring and workshops, and wrap-around services such as clinical therapy and case management services. Additionally, your donations help to ensure that the children and families we serve are able to participate in extracurricular activities, family outings, and special occasions that help create memories. Learn more about this opportunity on our other blog resources by clicking here.
This year, celebrate your birthday with SOS Children’s Villages Illinois and all the wonderful children in our care. Use this resource and guide to get started or follow these steps to create your Facebook fundraiser for SOS Illinois.
2) Give Incrementally to Help Cover the Unmet Cost of Caring for Children
Did you know that, after receiving funding from the State of Illinois, the unmet cost of supporting a child in our care for one day is $30? This gap in cost means that essential programs that boost the quality of life, educational accomplishments, and wellness initiatives for our youth in Illinois foster care are at stake if this need is not met. You can help us cover this cost for the next year and beyond.
Here are five giving levels inspired by this need:
- Donate $30 to support one child in our care for one day
- Donate $90 to support one sibling set of 3 for one day
- Fundraise or donate $180 to support one sibling set of 6 for one day
- Fundraise or donate $900 to support one child in our care for a month
- Join our Dream Makers Monthly Giving Program at $30/month
Beyond these giving levels, tax-deductible donations of any size make a tremendous impact on the lives of the children and families at SOS Illinois. No matter what you contribute, you can know that your gift goes directly towards life-changing programming and services for youth in foster care. Get started today, and invite your friends and networks to get involved, too!
Confidence in Your Donations to SOS Illinois
Transparency in fundraising is important, and at SOS Illinois, we have been awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar. We also hold a Four-Star rating on Charity Navigator (the highest rating possible), and are accredited by the Council of Accreditation. These are due to the fact that we are a fiscally responsible organization ethnically using and offering transparency on the use of our funds.
Your Donation Can Add Up
Whether you use the collective force of your friends on Facebook or the amassed total of your own incremental giving through our Dream Makers Monthly Giving Program, in 2021, you can make an impact by supporting local youth in foster care at SOS Illinois. With multiple ways to give, you can easily find the one that’s right for you and your giving needs. Interested in supporting our mission in other ways? Subscribe to our e-newsletter at the bottom of our media page and stay up-to-date on future events, volunteer opportunities, and programs.