Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest

Rating: 4.93 stars   43 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Health

Location: 30 E Adams St St 1020 Chicago IL 60603 USA

Mission: Starlight Children's Foundation Midwest partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Results: Starlight Midwest provides support to more than 330,000 kids and family members each year.
Target demographics: Children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses or life-altering injuries and their family members.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 330,000
Geographic areas served: Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan
Programs: Great Escape, Day Brighteners, Starlight Fun Centers, Hospital Happenings and Starlight Sites
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-3046501
312-251-7827
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Since joining Starlight Children’s Foundation Midwest two years ago as their executive director, I have been continually impressed by the strength and resilience of our Starlight families. They take whatever we can offer them—family outings to ballgames or bowling alleys, the Fun Centers we place in hospitals, the Halloween party we just held at a board member’s office—and make it their own. These kids, their sisters and brothers and parents, literally fight for their lives every day and still find a way to make the most of the joy that comes their way. I come to work each day, determined to find more ways to help. Starlight kids and families, you’re my inspiration!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having recently joined Starilght, I am more impressed than ever with the Foundation's impact on the lives of the children and families we serve. Lives truly are brightened; pain, fear and isolation are reduced. Thanks to Starlight sick kids get to be just regular kids for a little while and parents get the joy of watching that happen! Check us out and join the fun we create!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Hospital visits, Great Escape family outings, and conversations with kids and parents.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Grow it faster than it is already growing so we could help more kids and families.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Without Starlight's support of pediatric hospitals throughout the DC area and surrounding states - and the country - and overseas - I can't imagine how we could afford all the important programs they provide for hospitalized kids. Thank you Starlight.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a person who is involved in the planning and execution of programming, I've been given the opportunity to see first hand what an incredible difference this organization makes in the lives of the children and families involved. The stories I hear from these families everyday are truly inspirational and I feel so grateful to be able to play a tiny part in relieving the stress and isolation so many families with sick children face in their everyday lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This past weekend we held a Father's Day event at Lincoln Park Zoo where one family drove four hours with five kids, one being wheelchair bound, to attend the event and be with their fellow Starlight families. If that doesn't speak to the incredible work this organization does and the relationship it forms with its' families, I don't know what does.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to spread the word to more families who need this type of programming so every seriously ill or injured child and their family across the midwest could be a part of this incredible program.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Starlight is an excellent advocate and resource for children and families coping with chronic illness and hospitalization. Their Wii Fun Centers allow children to experience a piece of "normal life" even when hospitalized and bring an instant smile to the children's (and often times, other family member's) faces. The Great Escapes program is an excellent way to provide families activities that unite them as a family and social support from other families.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the hospital setting as well as community settings.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

advocate for them to be able to conduct Great Escape events in multiple cities & states!

 
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