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Ways to Give

The Cradle’s support for all those touched by adoption is made possible by our community. For assistance with making a gift or with charitable giving paperwork, please contact cradlefoundation@cradle.org or call 847-733-3227.

How can you support The Cradle?

  • By Check – Made payable to “The Cradle Foundation.” Please mail checks The Cradle Foundation attn: Violet Karcher 2049 Ridge Avenue Evanston, IL 60201.
  • Wire Transfer – The Cradle Foundation accepts gifts via electronic funds transfer.
  • Gifts of Stock – The Cradle Foundation accepts donations of shares of publicly-traded stock. Download Form
  • Donor Advised Funds – The Cradle coordinates DAF giving with several community foundations and charitable gift funds. Access Form
  • Individual Retirement Account (IRA) – The Cradle Foundation is qualified to receive qualified charitable distributions from individual retirement accounts. Donors age 70½ or older may transfer monies from their IRA to The Cradle Foundation without paying tax on the distribution.
  • Purchase a Commemorative Brick – Honor a loved one or special day with a customized brick in The Cradle courtyard. Download Form
  • Insurance, Savings and Investment Accounts 
  • Charitable Gift Annuities and Charitable Trusts 
  • Workplace Giving – Would you like to donate to The Cradle directly from your paycheck? Your employer may have a workplace giving or United Way campaign currently accepting pledges for donations to agencies including The Cradle Foundation (EIN: 45-0506764).
  • Employer Matches – Does your employer match charitable giving? Double the impact of your donation by submitting for a match from your company.
  • Planned Gifts / Charitable Bequests – Click here to learn more
  • Donate Your Vehicle – The Cradle partners with CARS to receive proceeds from sold used automobiles. Contact cradlefoundation@cradle.org to learn more.
  • Shop for The Cradle – Learn about opportunities to benefit The Cradle through our retail partners. Note: The Cradle does not accept donations of used items or items outside of those requested on our Amazon Registry.

Be a Fundraising Champion for The Cradle! Share your story on a customized page or raise funds for The Cradle around a special celebration. Click here to learn more about our peer-to-peer fundraising.

Interested in coordinating a gift to The Cradle or contributing in a way not listed above?

Contact cradlefoundation@cradle.org or call 847-733-3227 to coordinate your gift.

The Cradle Foundation was created in 2003 to raise and manage funds in support of The Cradle’s outstanding adoption and child welfare programs and services. Gifts made through The Cradle Foundation directly support The Cradle. The Cradle Foundation’s Federal Tax Identification Number is 45-0506764.