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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: We exist to support children and adults with disabilities through philanthropy for Northwest Special Recreation Association.

Results: Funds raised through business partnerships, fundraising events, grants and individual donors support 5 focus areas, including: Transportation – Purchasing wheelchair accessible vehicles for attending weekly programs, special events, trips and more. Scholarships – Offers financial support for those in need, enabling them to participate in NWSRA activities. Inclusion – Enabling children and adults with disabilities to participate in their home park district. Athletics – Providing support to Lightning athletes who have the opportunity to compete in various athletic opportunities. Programs – Purchasing equipment and supplies to enhance recreational experiences.

Target demographics: Children and adults with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 600 individuals receive scholarships, more than 500 people receive transportation to recreational programs, over 600 athletes compete and more than 1,100 individuals receive inclusive services and adapted equipment.

Geographic areas served: Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Programs: Fundraising towards recreational opportunities including trips, special events, weekly programs and more. These programs help children and adults with disabilities have fun, make friends, be included, go new places, learn new things and celebrate their lives.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SLSF continues to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families!

Tracey C.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF) provided the funding needed to build a ramp that allows people with disabilities access into the Hanover Park Park District Community Center! This was truly out of the box thinking and lead to the opening of the second PURSUIT Adult Day program that NWSRA and Clearbrook have opened to provide adults with disabilities day services. The program is located right in the heart of the community! The ramp is used by mothers with strollers, seniors, and people with disabilities all looking to recreate together at their local park district. SLSF has helped to build a community!

Liz T.1


Rating: 5

This organization has very unique and fun events that we love to attend and volunteer at. They always go the extra mile with explaining their services and really give me a great picture of where my money is going.


Rating: 5

I love to volunteer for events, whenever I volunteer with SLSF it is organized, fun, and best of all, it benefits a great group of individuals with special needs. These individuals are often working alongside the volunteers to develop independence and communication skills. Every event I've attended has been a blast!

Jodi S.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SLSF is a wonderful foundation that does great work for people with disabilities! The small but mighty group of people that run this foundation are fantastic and work tirelessly to raise funds for children and adults with disabilities so that they can experience outstanding recreational opportunities in the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This charity provides necessary funding for children and adults with disabilities, that create outstanding opportunities for these individuals throughout the community!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Board Member for SLSF, I've had the opportunity to meet a number of participants and their families. It is evident that the results of the programs supported by SLSF are outstanding, with a number of individuals with disabilities finding a path to self-sufficiency that may not have otherwise been possible without access to these programs.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The best part of working for NWSRA is being able to focus on everyone's unique abilities. It is great to be a part of a diverse and passionate staff that is all focused on helping our participants have fun, be included, make new friends, go new places, and learn new things. The staff do not do all of this on our own. None of this would be possible without the generous donation of time and talent from our outstanding volunteer team and the financial support of SLSF.