Make a merry Christmas for our favorite nonprofit community organizations

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer
and Frank Schier
Editor & Publisher

It’s simple: give your money to Uncle Sam in taxes, or give your money to local not-for-profits. They make this community better and keep the money here.

Last year, did you have to pay in on your tax return, on top of what was held out in your payroll deductions? If so, and if your taxes aren’t completely done, like most of us, use last year’s pay-in to estimate the amount you’ll give to one of the organizations listed in this article. Make giving a getting experience for your neighbors trying to make our world a better place.

We have a few out-of-town organizations listed here, mainly because they do have ties to this area. We’ve tried to list something of interest for everyone who follows our newspaper. They are part of our local economy.

You may know people who work for these organizations or their children. You may go to their events for entertainment or enjoy how they improve the quality of life in our community. Keep your quality of life and give to them. Be a gift.

Yes, Christmas gift ideas can be tough to come by sometimes. So, here you go. This year, adding a contribution to an area non-profit organization can be a good way to give a gift that will benefit many people in the Rock River Valley, including yourself. Donations to any of the following agencies are tax deductible.

If you’re not sure about whom to donate to, go with what’s close to your heart. Look at their websites. We’ve listed folks who are dedicated to the arts, children, education, history, nature, various animal and human conditions, and saving our planet. Make it a merry Christmas and happy new year for those doing good work close to all of us.

In alphabetical order, these are some of the favorites of The Rock River Times:

Angelic Organics Learning Center—Tom Spaulding, director, Agelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Road, Caledonia, IL 61011, (815) 389-8455,

The Arc—Jacki Neil Boss, executive director, 1222 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104-2230, (815) 965-3455,

Artists’ Ensemble Theater—Richard Raether, artistic director, 5050 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61107, (815) 904-2277,

Burpee Museum of Natural History—Dr. Alan Brown, executive director, 737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103, (815) 965-3433,

Charlotte’s Web for the Performing Arts—Lani Richardson, executive director, P.O. Box 765, Rockford, IL, 61105, (815) 964-2238,

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois—Robert M. Hammes Jr., president, Board of Directors, 946 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107, (815) 962-2110,

Comprehensive Community Solutions/YouthBuild—Kerry Knodle, executive director, 917 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101, (815) 815-963-6236,

Coronado Performing Arts Center—314 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101, (815) 968-0595,

Discovery Center—Sarah Wolf, executive director, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103, (815) 963-6769,

Environmental Law & Policy Center—Howard A. Learner, 35 E.Wacker Drive, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 673-6500.

Four Rivers Environmental Coalition—Tim Lewis, president,, 815-874-3468,

Green Communities Coalition—Bob Lindstrom, 946 N. Second St., Rockford, IL 61107, (815) 985-1108,

Illinois Renewable Energy Association—Drs. Robert and Sonia Vogl, 1230 E. Honey Creek Road, Oregon, IL 61061, (815) 732-7332,

Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden—Attn: Development Office, 2715 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61102, (815) 965-8146,

Nature Conservatory of Illinois—Attn: Treasury, 8 S. Michigan Ave., suite 900, Chicago, IL 60603, (312) 580-2100,

Natural Land Institute—Jerry Paulson, executive director, 320 S. Third St., Rockford, IL 61104, (815) 964-6666,

Noah’s Ark Animal Sactuary—Marcia Brice, 111 N. First St., Rockford, IL 61107, (815) 962-2767,

Northern Illinois Food Bank—600 Industrial Drive, St. Charles, IL 60174, (630) 443-6910,

Northern Public Radio/WNIU/WNIJ—Staci Hoste, director of fund-raising and development, Northern Public Radio, 801 N. First St., DeKalb, IL 60115, (815) 753-0080,

RAMI Awards (Gary S. Wilmer Scholarship Fund)—Bruce Hammond, steering committee chairman, P.O. Box 4128, Rockford, IL 61110, (815) 847-8228,

Reiki Energy International—Rick Gubbe, president, board of directors, P.O. Box 5011, Rockford, IL 61125, (815) 398-6326,

Robert Frost Stone House Museum—Carole Thompson, 121 Vermont Route 7A, Shaftsbury, VA 05262, (802) 447-6200,

Rockford Area Arts Council—Anne O’Keefe, president & CEO, 713 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104, (815) 963-6765,

Rockford Art Museum—Linda K. Dennis, executive director, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103, (815) 968-2787,

Rockford College Charter Fund—Bern Sundstedt, director of Alumni and Development, Office of Development, 5050 E. State St., Rockford , IL 61108, (815) 226-3371,

Rockford Dance Company—Cindy Jo Lantz, executive director, Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103, (815) 963-3341,

Rockford Historical Society—Bruce Steder, president, board of directors, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford, IL 61107, (815) 962-6993,

Rockford Park District Foundation—Don Mosser, development executive consultant, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101, (815) 969-4077,

Rockford Peace and Justice Action Committee/Rockford Urban Ministries—Stanley Campbell, executive director, 201 Seventh St., Rockford IL 61104, (815) 964-7111,

Rock River Valley Blood Center—Linda Gerber, chief executive officer, 419 N. Sixth St., Rockford, IL 61107-4104, (815) 965-8751,

Rock Valley College Foundation—Pamela Owens, executive foundation and college advancement, 3301 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, IL 61114, (815) 921-4500,

Rockton Township Historical Society—Dean Mohring, P.O. Box 37, 529 Green St., Rockton, IL 61072, (815) 629-2210,

Severson Dells Nature Center—Don Miller, executive education director, 8786 Montague Road, Rockford, IL 61102, (815) 335-2915,

University of Illinois Extension-Winnebago County—Margaret Larson, county extension director, 1925 S. Meridian Road, Rockford, IL 61102, (815) 986-4357,

Womanspace Rockford—Carol Valaitis, board president, 3333 Maria Linden Drive, Rockford, IL 61114-5491, (815) 877-0118,

Wild Ones—Constance McCarthy, president, 7208 N. Second St., Machesney Park, IL 61101, (815) 282-0316,

Winnebago County Forest Preserve Land Acquisition Fund—Tom Hartley, director of Land and Development, 5500 Northrock Drive, Rockford, IL 61103, (815) 877-6100,

From the Dec. 22-28, 2010 issue

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