2019 April Impacts

Service/Therapy Animals


$500 was granted to Ready Set Ride, a therapeutic recreation facility in the Chicago suburbs that utilizes horses and individualized activities to assist children in the community.


$1578 was granted to The Dog Alliance’s Hounds for Heroes program which provides a highly-trained psychiatric service dog at low- or no-cost to service men and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder in order to improve their quality of life.


The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation trains Canine-Firefighter Disaster Search Teams to search for people buried alive in the wreckage of disasters. The Foundation continued its support with a donation of $2,574.97 to help fund this important work.

$3622.50 was given to The National Education for Assistance Dog Services, Inc. (NEADS) to sponsor and name a puppy that will be trained to become a service dog. The Foundation will be running a contest in June for First Trust employees to choose the name of the sponsored puppy.  NEADS provides independence to people who are deaf or have a disability through the use of canine assistance.


The Israel Guide Dog Center for the Blind is dedicated to improving the quality of life of visually impaired Israelis by providing them with mobility, independence, self-confidence and companionship through the faithful assistance of guide dogs specially trained in Hebrew to meet Israel’s rigorous and challenging environment. The Foundation granted $1000 to Israel Guide Dog Center in support of its mission.

The Foundation made the following Extra Differences in April:

Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) works to help rebuild shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line-of-duty deaths.  A donation of $500 was made to C.O.P.S. Walk Midwest, an event which brings together survivors, friends, and members of the law enforcement community who are willing to take on the challenge of walking 25 miles in 2 days to raise funds for C.O.P.S.

The Foundation made an extra difference for two organizations this month by helping support their golf fundraisers.  Clare Woods Academy received $1500 to support its work in assisting learning and developmentally disabled youth and adults to become self-sufficient and self-directed, in personal grown, general health, education, social and emotional well-being and functional living skills. 


DuPage Care Center Foundation is a philanthropic organization serving residents of the DuPage Care Center. Formed in 1993, DCCF is guided by a volunteer Board of Directors who raise funds to improve the quality of life for DuPage County residents needing long-term skilled nursing and rehabilitative care and the foundation strives to enhance the quality of residents’ lives by making their environment as enjoyable and home-like as possible. DCCF received $3000 for their golfing event in support of their mission.

The Foundation was also proud to help employees make an Extra Difference this month.  $200 was donated to the National MS Society in support of Erik Jackson’s walk for MS and $206 was donated to the March of Dimes for Cassie Henry’s walk.