Guide Dogs of America

Guide Dogs of America is a nationwide nonprofit organization that empowers people who are blind/visually impaired, veterans, children with autism and facilities to live with greater confidence and mobility by matching them with a highly skilled guide dog or service dog. Their mission is to transform lives through partnerships with service dogs.



RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, y in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.


The Bob Grahn Foundation

The Bob Grahn Memorial Scholarship Foundation provides some college or vocational financing to students who have had a troubled history and have gotten and remained clean and healthy. One of my Dad’s favorite places to substitute teach was the Off Campus Learning Center. This was the school that kids who couldn’t handle classes of 25 and school populations of 2000-3000 went to.  He loved working with these kids and helping them understand and live with their problems and issues being sober-clean. He was a recovering alcoholic and wanted to give back and share what he was given.

The address of the foundation is:
485 Laburnum Dr
Northbrook, IL 60062-2259


Smile Train

My Mom was born in 1929 with a cleft palate. Many surgeries, and heartbreak from stares, exclusion and bullying and yet mom never shared that pain. Instead she became successful publisher at SDRS and the first woman there to wear pants. She, through her example, taught us to be fierce.

Smile Train provides free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in developing countries. They provide training, funding, and resources to empower local doctors in 85+ countries.


Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven) devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research, early detection, education, and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease by 2023.