Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation Donates $20,000 to Chicago Area Charities in 2023

GENEVA, IL – The Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is proud to announce that it has awarded over $148,000 to 36 Midwestern charities providing key community services. These donations included $20,000 to Chicago area charities providing key community services.

Created in 2002, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation has donated more than $2.4 million to various philanthropic organizations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and South Dakota. 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.

The foundation also engages in targeted giving for emergency disaster relief. This year, funds were sent to assist the Hilliard (Ohio) Food Pantry to rebuild after a fire destroyed their warehouse.

Organizations in the Chicago area receiving grants in 2023 are: 

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County (bbbsmchenry.org) ignites, inspires and defends the potential of youth in our community.
  • Envision Unlimited (envisionunlimited.org) provides people with disabilities or other special needs quality services that promote choice, independence and inclusion.
  • Family Health Partnership Clinic (hpclinic.org) provides high quality health care services to the uninsured adults of McHenry County.
  • Home of the Sparrow, Inc. (hosparrow.org) provides hope, opportunity and support that empowers women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
  • Live R.E.A.L. Foundation (golivereal.org) advocates, educates and informs communities on the connections between trauma and substance use. 

The Gordon Flesch Company (GFC) has a long history in charitable giving and philanthropy. However, in 2001, after the September 11th attacks, Gordon Flesch’s personal spirit of generosity inspired the company to donate funds in lieu of the annual employee recognition dinners. The donation went to help the families of first responders in the New York City police and fire departments. This effort, led by Gordon’s sons, marked the beginning of what would become the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation.

Unlike most corporate giving programs, the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation is managed entirely by company associates. Each year associates nominate local community organizations close to their hearts. The foundation’s board of directors annually reviews nominations and selects award recipients. 

“It is a privilege to help these local non-profit organizations in expanding their reach and impact,” says Cheryl Halverson, President of the Gordon Flesch Charitable Foundation. “We are humbled to be a part of the work that this year’s grant recipients are doing to build stronger communities.”

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