2018 September Impacts

9/11 Memorials and Survivor Support

Voices of September 11 is an organization that continues to address the long-term needs of those impacted by 9/11, while helping communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from other acts of mass violence and disasters. In support of that mission, the Foundation was pleased to contribute $3000.

The Foundation donated $1539 to 22KILL which provides traditional and non-traditional therapies for service members and their families.  Their focus is on empowerment and helping individuals in military, police, fire and EMS find a sense of purpose after service.


The Friends of Flight 93 National Memorial was founded in 2009 as the official non-profit supporting partner of Flight 93 National Memorial. The Friends focus on sharing the Flight 93 story and educating the next generation about the events of September 11, 2001. The Friends provide volunteer and financial support for projects at Flight 93 National Memorial. A donation of $2000 was made by the Foundation this month in support of this work.

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the 2,977 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993. The Museum offers a diverse set of inquiry-based programs designed to challenge students to think critically about a wide range of topics related to 9/11. The Foundation made a $2000 donation this month to continue its support of the Memorial and Museum.

To help ease the suffering that came with the many natural disasters that occurred in September 2018, the Foundation made donations to several trusted organizations:

Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived hurricane that caused severe damage in the Carolinas primarily as a result of freshwater flooding. For nearly 40 years, Americares has been delivering essential medicine and relief supplies quickly and efficiently in times of natural and man-made disasters here at home and around the world. They also help provide lifesaving medicine and other critical aid to people living in desperately poor or conflict-ridden countries struggling for daily survival. $2000 was donated this month to the Americares’ Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund.

Typhoon Mangkhut was a powerful typhoon that struck the island of Luzon in the Philippines on September 15, 2018. It was the strongest typhoon to strike Luzon since Typhoon Megi in 2010, and the strongest typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. In response to the devastation that the typhoon caused, the Foundation donated $1500 to ShelterBox to aid its effort to help provide emergency shelter and supplies. ShelterBox is a global organization made up of people who believe in shelter as a human right and that when people are plunged into crisis and normality is suspended, good, quality shelter can cut through the chaos. ShelterBox provides the tools that enable people to rebuild homes and transform their lives. 

Hurricane Michael was the most powerful storm to strike the Florida Panhandle in more than 150 years. The monstrous cyclone brought devastating winds, storm surge, and rain as it cut a destructive path in areas along the Florida coast and communities throughout the southeast. Already on the ground when the hurricane hit, Team Rubicon was there to help in the relief efforts. In support of that mission, the Foundation made a $3096 donation to Team Rubicon

Oxfam works with local organizations and governments to save lives in emergencies and reduce future disaster risks. The Foundation made a donation of $1539 to Oxfam’s relief efforts to help with the flooding emergency in India.


Extra Differences for September

By the Hand Club is an organization in Chicago, IL, that literally and figuratively takes 1,360 kids by the hand and walks alongside them, from the time they enroll in the program all the way through college. Kids are nurtured–mind, body and soul and their lives are being transformed with the power of human and divine love. The Foundation continued its long-standing partnership with BTHC with a donation of $1500.

The Starry Night Walk & 5K run fundraiser supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in the fight against the childhood brain tumors. This uplifting event shines a light on the more than 28,000 kids nationwide living with a brain tumor diagnosis, while honoring the children and teens who are no longer with us. The Foundation made a donation of $2586.25 to help in the fight against pediatric brain tumors.

The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of DuPage County is to advocate for the best interests of abused, neglected, dependent and vulnerable children in the DuPage County Court system. CASA’s vision is that all children deserve a safe, permanent and nurturing home where they can thrive. The Foundation was pleased to donate $1800 to their annual gala in support of their mission.

The DuPage Senior Citizens Council initiates, delivers, monitors, and coordinates services that promote the ability of older persons to live their lives in dignity. A donation of $3000 was made by the Foundation in support of DSCC’s programming and mission.