Double Your Impact with the Matching Gift Challenge

Double Your Impact with the Matching Gift Challenge

You give $100, we get $200…you give $500, we get $1,000…you give $1,000, we get $2,000. YOU GET THE IDEA.

Dick Noel, and his late wife Rosann, have been avid supporters of our kids at Cunningham Children’s Home. This fall, they made a commitment to match every gift and new pledge that comes in for our Noel Education Center (NEC) (formerly the Education and Recreation Center (ERC)) between now and April 30, 2019.

“We can change the lives of these kids. They have been through so many difficult situations. Together, we can offer them a remarkable new space and hope for a better future.”  – the late Rosann Noel

Like you, the Noels believe in the potential of our kids and the work of our teachers and staff. Their challenge gift will match up to $250,000. Today, your pledge or significant one-time gift to the NEC will have double the impact!

Will you help us raise $500,000 for the new building?

Your gift will give our students the best learning environment for their academic and behavioral needs.


Stretch Your Gift

If you believe in our kids and the long-lasting benefits of the NEC, then consider the significant role your gifts can make to their future.

Gary and Cindy Denzer made a 3-year pledge in 2017. “The ERC (now NEC) is an important project for Cunningham and we wanted to help. Our desire to help outweighed any concerns about not having enough in our monthly budget. We just make it work. We trust that God is asking us to do this, so He takes cares of everything else. And now, we’re near the end of our pledge and feel invested in the project and the success of the kids. It’s so tangible now that we can see the building.”

Like Gary and Cindy, start with your heart. Decide the total amount you would like to give, then divide it by 5-7 years. Then divide again by 12 months (see chart below for ideas). Be confident in your commitment. As you give, your joy will increase as you see your investment bring hope and healing to our kids.

Rhonda and Jim Whitaker have made two pledges to the ERC (now NEC) in the last 10 years. Their monthly giving has provided more than $25,000 for the new building. “Giving one month at a time has allowed us to work it into our budget. We don’t really feel the sacrifice. Instead we receive the great satisfaction that we are supporting Cunningham kids.” 

All new multi-year pledges will be included as part of the matching gift challenge. You can help us reach our goal much faster with a pledge today. Go to and complete a credit card gift or complete the form below and send in your bank information for a monthly deduction.

You may also contact Sharla Jolly, Director of Advancement, at 217.337.9073 or or Tim Manard, Development Officer, at 217.337.9071 or They are happy to answer any questions you may have.