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Bounce Children's Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Bounce Children's Foundation transforms the lives of chronically ill children, and their families, shifting all from surviving to thriving.

Target demographics: We serve chronically ill children and their families, because when a child is diagnosed, the whole family is diagnosed. No other organization encompasses and uplifts the whole family in the same way that Bounce does.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 300 families find joyful experiences, practical support, education and resources, 24x7x365. Through a unique portfolio of custom-designed programs proven highly effective, Bounce allows kids to be kids and gives families a chance to feel safe and accepted.

Geographic areas served: Chicagoland metropolitan area (including SE Wisconsin & NW Indiana)

Programs: Bounce Bash - Family adventures specially designed to include kids with complex medical needs, yield fun and friendship, and create a safe place to belong. Bounce It Forward - Unexpected fun for Bounce families as donated tickets allow them to attend sporting and other high demand events. Bounce Back Kits - ‘Inspiration-in-a-box’ care packages that act as fun and distracting boredom busters for families locked-in due to medical necessity at home. Bounce Academy - Education for parents which enhances their ability to cope emotionally, financially, intellectually and psychologically. Bounce Net - A private, online community of 24/7 support that creates a virtual safety net, allowing parents to compare notes, ask questions, bond and even vent.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Georgean H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Bounce! We have met several great families and made friends we will always be grateful for. Bounce helps our family go to events that we would never be able to go to. These events help us forget our worries for a day. The staff is amazing and very supportive.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bounce is a unique organization that does something no other organization out there does. They truly make a lasting impression on the families they serve. Everyone involved in this organization is invested in the mission and it shows through their work. Whether it be a staff member, Board of Director or a volunteer, they all play a key role in the impact Bounce has on the children and families it serves.

I have had the amazing opportunity to work closely with Bounce families. It is a touching to see the joy Bounce brings to these families. Whether it be an everyday activity or a once in a lifetime opportunity, Bounce does it all. Providing families with a little normalcy in their everyday life helps them build the resilience they need to overcome yet another setback.

Dominika B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Dominika and I've been blessed to be a part of this organization for the past few months. I'm an intern here but also I volunteer at their events. Words can describe how dedicated and carrying they are at Bounce. They take care of everyone in the family that is a part of their program. They go above and beyond to help those in need. I'm proud to say that I work every day on helping them on every day program operation and management. They do so much more than what their mission is. They connect families making life long friendships. I'm lucky to learn from every team member so many new things every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello! My name is Nicole and I've been volunteering for Bounce Children's Foundation. It has been such an honor to volunteer for such a moving and unique nonprofit. For years I have dedicated my life to children from being a Preschool Teacher, to dressing up as a princess at birthday parties but this foundation genuinely warms my heart. Not only does it succeed at assisting families whose children are chronically ill, but Joan (the CEO) and employees that I am surrounded with make every day THAT much better. Here, I am treated as family and although there are days that may be hectic and full of work to do, every day is satisfying and everything gets accomplished as a team. I could not speak more highly of such a dedicated team of people. I can't wait to continue volunteering and watch this company grow and help more families around the country.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello we are the Ollie family we have been members of bounce for about 4 years now. My son who is 15 now is in a wheelchair and has cerebral palsy. They have given us the most memorable times we could ever imagine. I never thought we could go out and do so much by him being in a wheelchair. This is one of the greatest organizations I have ever been apart of. I recommend all families that I think can benefit from becoming a bounce member. Thanks so much for all you do love the Ollie Family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shante I have a 14 year old with cerebral palsy. He is in a wheelchair and has never walked. I thought that he wouldn’t be able to enjoy life like normal kids his age; but becoming a member of Bounce House has gave me a new point of view. My son has done more with this organization then I thought he would. This Memorial Day we attended a boat cruise with bounce house and it was amazing. My son enjoyed everything we did that day. He did arts and crafts, did amazing dance moves with the other parents and children, he is still talking about this cruise. Bounce house is the best organization me and my family has ever been apart of. This was the best thing I did when I signed up for the program, and not to mention the awesome bounce kits that they send to families for holidays, they have enough arts and crafts for the whole family. We would like to thank bounce house and all of there volunteers for the awesome job they are doing. Hugs and kisses the Ollie Family

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for this invaluable help I am very grateful to share events with families similar to mine and so expensive that I could not cover, but above all thank you because I have a respite and I know that there are more eyes helping me with Jeny Thank you for making this possible this is Many thanks invaluable thanks

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bounce Children's Foundation has a unique mission to support sick or disabled children as well as their parents and siblings through enrichment, fun activities. We contribute financially, but more importantly volunteer at their many events.
The organization is run out of the amazing CEO's , (Joan Steltman) home to conserve resources. It is truly a unique mission

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a marketing/communications intern for Bounce, I have been able to experience the inner workings of this great organization. The small staff is dedicated and passionate about helping families impacted by chronic illness, pushing themselves in order to create the most impact with the time and resources they have. Joan, CEO of Bounce, has a strong forward-thinking focus that elevates the foundation. I have also had the opportunity of attending a Bounce Bash and the feelings of joy and relief from the families in attendance was almost tangible. Everyone was smiling and happy to be apart of such a relatable and safe community. Incredible events, incredible mission, incredible people.

Danielle S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm an intern at Bounce and I've loved working here so far! They truly run the business with integrity, always putting the families first. They are very organized in going about projects and they really show their appreciation for us interns! I love being invited into the whole process, team meetings and all, and being given the space to share my ideas and propose new projects. My favorite part about working at Bounce is getting to meet the families at Bounce Bashes. When we work, we know that we're doing everything for them and it's so fulfilling knowing that we are creating a fun and stress free atmosphere for Bounce kids and their families! If you are looking to support or get involved with a great non-profit, I definitely recommend Bounce Children's Foundation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Bounce I have come to find that the team really does go above and beyond to improve these families lives. It can be extremely tough when one of your children is dealing with a chronic illness, as it greatly affects the whole family. However, through Bounce's many programs they are able to make dealing with this much easier, as well as change their situation from surviving to thriving. Being an intern at the organization I saw this first-hand. I also got to see all the hard-work, planning, and care that goes into each event, care package, and fundraiser that makes the organization work for the families. I could not be more proud to have spent my time helping an organization like this improve.

Stephanie M.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bounce is an amazing foundation that is very well-run and inspirational!
I've loved interacting with its members and the people the foundation serves.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an employee, my favorite part about Bounce is it takes into account what you are interested in learning, not just where your experience lies. They give you opportunities to broaden your horizons and introduce you to new skills. I have learned more from my one semester of interning than I could have sitting in class all year long. And looking at Bounce from a family's perspective; it is unique, it is considerate, and it is generous. I am constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of donors and sponsors who are so invested in this cause that they are willing to come back year after year with more donations. It is always a pleasure joining the families for events to see all those days of hard work pay off in smiles and new memories. Bounce is an incredible organization. I am proud to have been a member and I am eagerly looking forward to their expansion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Bounce's incredible staff dedicates themselves to creating thoughtful fun, excitement, and adventure for the children and the whole family, and their specific needs. Everyone is so nice to work with, and genuinely care about what they do and what Bounce represents. Once you join Bounce, you're really joining a great community full of love and support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an incredible opportunity for their interns. I am very thankful for what this organization has done for me. I have grown in my skills, knowledge, and experience in Non- Profits. The nonprofit has and will continue to do great things within the community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being a Bounce Family has made an incredible impact on our lives. It can be difficult to plan and participate in activities that are appropriate for my son who has significant physical and health issues. Bounce takes care of all of the challenging aspects. We can simply show up and enjoy! The staff is warm and caring, and it has been a pleasure meeting other families who have similar stories. We are so thankful to everyone who makes this organization possible!

Sarah D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

After spending literally years inside the hospital with my daughter, who has been in treatment for pediatric cancer, it has been so wonderful to be able to spend time together as a family at awesome events that we would never have been able to go to on our own. We just went on a lunchtime cruise on the Spirit of Chicago at Navy Pier over Memorial Day weekend, and it was fabulous! Thank you so much to Bounce Children's Foundation for giving my daughter and my two sons the opportunity to be able to enjoy life to its fullest!

Bridgette T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our Bounce kid is hospitalized frequently. Big brother often worries, and struggles with going to school. After going to a bounce bash he was super excited and couldn’t wait to show this picture of him helping the light guy. Bounce not only helps the bounce kid but also the siblings. They always go above and beyond to know the bounce kid and their siblings. We are forever grateful for everything Bouce does for our family, but especially for all the smiles and laughter all kids should have.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bounce has provided our family with opportunities we would not have been able to have otherwise. It's given our boys something to look forward to do with their sister outside of hospitalizations and doctors appointments. It's created memories we will be able to smile about for a long time. THANK YOU BOUNCE!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer here at Bounce, I have seen the impact it has had not only on the children it serves but the families too. This foundation creates a safe space for the families to bond with one another, and for the children to be children again. No child should have to deal with any of the disorders, diseases, or complications that many of them experience. I love volunteering with them and consider it one of my favorite things I have ever done. To see the smiles on the children's faces alongside all of the giggles and laughs, this would brighten anyone's day.

Jacob B.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since joining Bounce, it has been life-changing for me to witness the importance of bringing some sense of normalcy into the lives of chronically ill children and their families. It hit me at my first Bounce Event this past weekend: I saw the smiles on the faces of the children and their families, and how happy they were to live life normally for a few hours. Their minds shifted away from their illness, and instead to the joy they had on that Sunday afternoon, running around and having fun like every child deserves.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The organization has been wonderful on our recent journey with a child with a terminal illness and her two shattered siblings. We have enjoyed the activity boxes they sent and 2 of us had a wonderful day in the City attending a Cubs game courtesy of them. We are looking forward to the camraderie of meeting other families in a similar struggle.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Bounce Foundation is a great organization supporting families with children with special needs. They sponsor events that educate us and allow us to interact with other families that face similar challenges. Our children are provided with fun entertainment in a safe and caring environment. We love the Bounce Kits which provide us with hands on activities that engage the whole family.