About IPEF

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Illinois Patriot Education Fund
4044 N. Lincoln Avenue, Suite 436
Chicago, IL 60618

Mission:

The Illinois Patriot Education Fund 501c(3) provides financial assistance to support the educational journey for Illinois military service men and women who have given their lives or become disabled in service to our country and their families. We encompass early education (K-12) through advanced, collegiate educational needs.  We also support the education of active duty members of our Armed Services over and above the benefits provided by the Post-911 GI Bill.

In expanding our reach to early educational needs, the goal is to ensure the children of Illinois service men and women have access to the school supplies and materials; programs; and schools to prepare them for vocational careers and college.

IPEF assistance could include school supplies and materials; professional tutoring programs, funding to help offset charter school costs, and scholarships.  Educational support for our Illinois service men, women, and families is our Mission.

The Illinois Patriot Education Fund 501c(3) Tax ID number is 80-0681047

Vision:
To inspire others to replicate this fund raising model on a state-by-state basis in order to influence local, state, and federal government to enhance the educational benefits, beyond those provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, to our service men and women; and the families of these men and women who have been wounded, disabled or killed while serving our country.

The Illinois Patriot Education Fund incorporates the latest technology to promote best practice fund raising models, community collaboration, and independent, non-for-profit governance to provide Illinois military families the financial support necessary to achieve their educational dreams.

Background:
Over the past ten years of combat operations in our nation’s ongoing War on Terrorism, hundreds of Illinois military families have suffered the loss or disability of a loved one in service to our country. Government programs, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, offer only limited educational benefits to service members and their dependents. This lack of educational opportunity translates into fewer prospects for the family and creates an unreasonable and what should be an unnecessary financial burden.

The gap created by the minimal assistance offered through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and what the military families can provide on their own is startling. The Illinois Patriot Education Fund not only helps to bridge that gap in order to ensure all military families have access to the educational opportunities that prepare them for success in their post-service lives, but also to draw attention to the problem in order to effect change.

Our mission field is your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues. In the last ten years, everyone has been touched by the sacrifices made by military families who hail from Illinois. It is time for each and every one of us to return the favor. It is our responsibility to respect and assist those who answered the call of duty on our behalf. We can do so in a meaningful way by supporting the educational aspirations of our service men and women and that of their families.

Get involved today and make a difference.