Give yourselves a hand!

We know you understand the impact the Education and Recreation Center will have on our kids at Cunningham Children’s Home. If you’ve been thinking about giving, now’s the time because we have a deal that’s just too good to pass up! 

Soon after the groundbreaking for the ERC on August 20, 2017, a former resident of Cunningham stepped forward to challenge individuals to make a first gift or pledge…or an additional gift or pledge…to the fundraising campaign. 

This donor, who wants to remain anonymous, will match any new gifts made between now and October 31, 2018, up to $200,000.

“The single greatest thing in my life has been the Cunningham staff and I want kids who are there now to have hope for their future,” this individual said.  “That’s why I believe in the ERC.”

So, there’s no better time to give than now.  Every dollar raised will be doubled thanks to this generous offer from an alum who knows the importance of our schools and programs. The challenge gift is contingent upon your donations, so your gift could help us raise $400,000 for the new building which, in turn, benefits our students and staff. Many have already stepped up to the challenge and have helped us raise an additional $88,760 -- that's 44% of our goal in just over the first four weeks!

Construction is underway and it’s exciting to know that our dream of providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for our youth will come to fruition when we move into the ERC in January of 2019.  Fundraising will continue until we reach our $8.5 million goal.  As of late October, we are 64 percent of the way there and your gift, doubled by the challenge gift, will help us to get under the $2 million mark.  

Will you take the challenge?  If you choose to make your gift online, select the Education and Recreation Center in the first drop down box. Complete the other information and then in the last text box (I'd like to share the following information about my gift:), please type in "matching gift challenge." We will make sure it's part of the matching effort. 

For more information about making a gift to the ERC, please contact Cunningham Development Officer Tim Manard by phone at 217.337.9071 or by email

Thank you for your consideration.  We can do this TOGETHER!