2021 End-of-Year Matching Challenge
 
2021 End-of-Year Matching Challenge
Written By David E. Smith   |   12.06.21

We are excited and very pleased to announce the 2021 end-of-year matching challenge! In an effort to help us raise $300,000 by the end of this month, a number of generous donors have offered to match donations to IFI all the way up to $150,000! So between now and the end of the year, you can double the impact of your giving!

Yes, you read that right! Every donation given to IFI during the month of December
through the end of the year is DOUBLED upon receipt.

So if you give $50, it becomes $100.

If you give $100, it becomes $200.

If you give $500, we realize $1,000!

If you donate $1,000, it is the same as giving $2,000, etc.

Polarization isn’t usually a good thing when it comes to public policy and public education. In the super politically-correct environment that our culture is immersed in, however, it has helped clarify the big picture. In other words, it is easier to identify those who are intentionally calling good evil, and evil good, which includes those who call boys girls and girls boys. The agenda of our adversaries have never been so overt. As a result, more and more Americans are seeing through the lies and fearmongering. 

That is why it is so vitally important that we continue to work diligently at fulfilling the IFI mission to boldly bring a biblical perspective to public policy.

While the 102nd General Assembly finished their spring session on May 31st, you may be shocked to know that state lawmakers introduced more than 7,000 bills this year, 600 of which have passed both chambers and have been sent to Governor Pritzker’s office for his consideration.

One of those bills approved by Springfield leftists is a new law mandating female hygiene products in boys bathrooms in schools state wide. Specifically, female hygiene products are to be in “each bathroom of every school building” that are “open for student use in grades 4 through 12 during the regular school day.”

They also approved of the “Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards,” which will infuse the assumptions of Critical Race Theory/identity politics/BLM into all teacher-training programs, 2. all Professional Education Licensing (PEL), and 3. indirectly into all public school classrooms. Yes, these teaching and leading standards will trickle down into classrooms statewide.

But perhaps the most troubling bill they passed this year is SB 818, the “Comprehensive” sex education for K-12. This bill was passed in the Illinois General in May along party lines.

This depraved law requires that highly objectionable sex “education” material be forced into government schools and into the impressionable minds of children as young as 5 years-old. The new law mandates that all public schools—including charter schools—align teaching in grades K-5 on “personal health and safety” with “National Sex Education Standards,” which are creations of the leftist organization SIECUS. And it requires all upper grade sex education to align with those same “standards.” Therefore, in order to understand what exactly Illinois children would be taught, Illinoisans must read—not just the bill—but also the National Sex Education Standards.

These “standards” can be updated without the approval or oversight of our state lawmakers, the new law requires that our schools teach them, even as they are rewritten, modified, and morally devolve.

This is why the Illinois Family Institute launched our Rescuing the Children initiative this year, one that urges church leaders, parents, and grandparents to get their precious children OUT of government indoctrination centers.

Let’s face it friends, left-wing ideologues have our children 30 plus hours a week to instill their godless beliefs on them through curricula, policies, and practices, while many Christian families neglect to pass on their Christian faith.

The Left is dedicated to diligently and intentionally making Apostles of Wokeism, while too many Christians neglect our call to make Disciples of Jesus Christ.

But it is not just the comprehensive sex-education and transgender agenda that pushed us over the edge. The overt brainwashing is wide-ranging, and includes Critical Race Theory, climate change, Black Lives Matter, a LGBT history mandate, Drag Queen Story Hour, hate-America history lessons,  pro-socialism, and pro-Sharia courses, not to mention Common Core math, etc.

This is perhaps our most important project to date. George Orwell wrote, “In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” The only thing that will save us from leftist lies is truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.”

Jesus is the Truth and the Life.

What can be more important than equipping our children and grandchildren to know, live, and love the truth? Proverbs 23:23 exhorts us,

Buy the truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction and understanding.

If you and your family are still deciding which causes you will support at year’s end, please know that our campaign stretches through the end of the year. We hope and pray that Illinois Family Institute makes your final list! End-of-year giving is critical to us, as more than 30 percent of all charitable giving happens in December, and a third of that giving comes in the last three days of the year

Together, with your prayers and support, IFI will continue to work to uphold the life, family, and truth in the public square in Illinois. Thank you very much for your support.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to partnering with you in 2022 to stand courageously for the values we share.

May God bless you during this Advent and Christmas season.

Sincerely,

David E. Smith
Executive Director

P.S. Help us reach our goal of raising a total of $150,000 by the end of the month — Donate today! To make a credit card donation over the phone, call the IFI office at (708) 781-9328. You can also send a gift to:

Illinois Family Institute
P.O. Box 876
Tinley Park, IL  60477


David  E. Smith
Dave Smith is the executive director of Illinois Family Institute (501c3) and Illinois Family Action (501c4). David has 25-plus-years of experience in public policy and grass-roots activism that includes countless interviews for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as the sanctity of life, natural marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. He and his wife of 28 years are blessed to be the parents of eight children. They strongly believe that their first duty before God is to disciple their children in the Christian faith, and impress...
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