Ways to Give

Give to the Family Support/
Emergency Fund

Become a Monthly Giver

Become a Hope Builder

Support Harvest Festival

Donate Stock or Securities

Leave a Legacy

Mail Donations to:

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois
Attn: Development Department
One Oakbrook Terrace, Suite 501, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181

Make your check payable to LCFS. If you’d like your gift to be used for a specific program/purpose, please note that on the memo line of your check.

Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois is a 501(c)3 corporation (#36-2167778)

All Children Deserve A Forever Family

Without meeting my parents, I wouldn’t be as successful as I am today, and foster care was one of the many gifts I have.”    – Mikayla, former youth in care

Meet the Development Team

Meet the dedicated professionals that are here to support you in making a difference.

Cheryl Wendt

VP and Chief Development Officer

Contact me about:

  • Questions regarding gifts of stock
  • IRA Distributions
  • Donor-Advised Fund gifts
  • Leaving a legacy gift
Leslie Lopez

Senior Director of Development

Contact me about:

  • Financial donations
  • Giving societies
  • Presentations for your church or group
Mandy Widtfeldt

Development and Events Director

Contact me about:

  • Grant opportunities 
  • Corporate and volunteer opportunities
  • Harvest Festival and other LCFS events
Liz Beranek

Donor Database Manager

Contact me about:

  • Updating your contact information
  • Help with online donations
  • Credit card donations over the phone
  • Acknowledgement/tax letters
Melissa Gonzalez

Development Coordinator

Contact me about:

  • Back-to-School Drive
  • In-kind donations