Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation Donates $25,500 to Chicago-Area Charities
by Gordon Flesch Company, on 10/17/2018
CHICAGO, IL October 11, 2018 – The Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded $135,000 and 35 grants to charities throughout the Midwest, including $25,500 to seven Chicagoland organizations. These grants will help these vital organization continue providing support and non-profit work for their communities. Organizations receiving grants in 2018 include:
Pediatric Resource Center https://peoria.medicine.uic.edu/prc/ is a program of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria which provides direct services to victims of childhood physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. GFC's donation will help staff the center.
Gigi's Playhouse https://gigisplayhouse.org/ offers free therapeutic and educational programming to individuals with Down syndrome and their families, and GFC's donation will subsidize its speech and language therapy program.
Salvation Army https://www.salvationarmyusa.org will use GFC's 2018 gift to provide scholarships to families through the Summer Day and after-school program.
Dress for Success www.dressforsuccess.org GFC's grant will help fund the Going Places Program, part of the organization's efforts to empower women to achieve economic independence.
West Suburban Pantry https://wscpantry.org/ the GFC Foundation's 2018 donation will go directly to the organization's bimonthly distribution of eggs, milk, meat and other nutritious food items to families in need.
Well Child Center http://www.wellchildcenter.org/ offers nutrition and dietary supplies to low-income families and the GFC Foundation's donation will subsidize new family dental care kits.
Chicago Lighthouse www.chicagolighthouse.org supports the blind, visually impaired, disabled and Veteran communities with comprehensive vision care and support services. Our 2018 donation is earmarked specifically for the seniors program.
Since its inception in 2002, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation has donated nearly $1.9 million to various philanthropic organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Each year, the foundation donates to the communities within GFC’s territories, staying true to founder Gordon Flesch’s mission to support the communities where GFC’s employees and customers live and work.
Unlike most corporate giving programs, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is managed entirely by company associates. Each year associates nominate organizations close to their hearts and close to their communities. The foundation’s board of directors reviews nominations and selects award recipients.
“The Gordon Flesch Company Foundation was created so that GFC and its employees would have a vehicle to engage with and support the communities we serve,” says Cheryl Halverson, President, of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “We are proud of the work our people have done and will strive to ensure we remain a vital and active part of our communities. We look forward to helping local non-profits and charitable organizations in all of our markets continue to grow and thrive.”
“These charities are chosen by our own employees, so they are very near and dear to us and reflect the civic-minded spirit our founder, Gordon Flesch, hoped his company would embody,” said Jill James, Vice President of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “We are consistently humbled and impressed by the tremendous work we see each organization continue to do each year and we look forward to see how each organization will use their grant to continue their great work.”
About The Gordon Flesch Company
The Gordon Flesch Company is one of the largest independent providers of office technology solutions in the nation. Family-owned since 1956, the Gordon Flesch Company employs more than 600 people throughout 23 offices in the Midwest, with their corporate office in Madison, Wisconsin. They deliver unique business process expertise to solve challenging problems and achieve organizational goals. This includes integrating industry-leading software and hardware to build custom solutions that are supported by technical expertise, customer service and flexible, in-house financial services.