Write your name in this Society’s great history by giving a gift in the spirit of kindness.
In 1845, a group of Scots gathered in a small frontier town called Chicago, population just 12,000 to celebrate Scotland’s patron saint as a symbol of empathy, charity, good-will and care. They established the first charity in Illinois and committed to a purpose: “that no deserving Scot in need would ever go hungry, or homeless, or without medical care or be buried in a Potter’s Field.” As I reflect on all the good things this organization has done, one word comes powerfully to mind – kindness.
178 years later, the early Scots’ commitment to kindness remains at our very core. Kindness is in our DNA. The resonance of even a single, small act of kindness can be felt across time and space. No one can know exactly the full impact of how an act of kindness affects our world and the people around us. But, I see it – I feel it – made manifest every single day by the incredible people who live, work and volunteer at Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care. By caring deeply and lovingly for one another, they dignify time.
From one generation to the next, this entire Society is built upon people who made the choice to do the right thing, the kind thing, to pay kindness forward for the nameless and faceless people who will come after. Now, it is our generation’s turn to stand up for everything this community stands for.
Just as those early Scots did over 178 years ago, I ask you to feel the spirit of kindness. I invite and encourage you to seize your opportunity to write your name into this community’s great history by giving a gift. Whether you are Scottish by birth, heritage or simply inclination, your involvement means a great deal to me and to all of us at the Chicago Scots. Together, we will ensure that the guiding principles of our Society – culture, care and kindness – will endure for generations to come.
Ways to Support Chicago Scots
Chicago Scots (the Illinois Saint Andrew Society*) is the oldest 501(c)3 charity in Illinois. We nourish Scottish identity through service, fellowship and celebration of Scottish culture in order to provide support to our Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care campus in North Riverside, Illinois.
Cash, Check or Credit Card
Gifts of cash, check, or credit card are the easiest and most immediate way to support Chicago Scots – this can be a great way to recognize special occasions, to celebrate the life of a loved one or to show family, friends or colleagues that you care.
Online gifts through credit cards can be made by clicking the button below.
Checks can be made payable to ‘Chicago Scots’ and mailed to:
2800 Des Plaines Avenue
North Riverside Illinois 60546.
For gifts of stock or annuities, please contact Dawn Miller, Vice President of Philanthropy, at email@example.com.
You can increase your personal contributions to Chicago Scots if your employer is one of the many organizations that offers a program to match the charitable contributions of its employees. Contact your human resource office to see if your company participates. Matching gift revenue makes a big difference.
Corporate and Foundation Giving
Many companies have foundations or corporate giving programs to support organizations like Chicago Scots. Your professional or business relationships are beneficial in facilitating these types of gifts.
Bequests made through wills, annuities, or living trusts play an important role in securing the future of Chicago Scots. To receive more information on planned giving, please contact Dawn Miller, Vice President of Philanthropy, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Illinois Saint Andrew Society dba Chicago Scots and Caledonia Senior Living