End-of-Year Matching Challenge!
 
End-of-Year Matching Challenge!
Written By David E. Smith   |   12.17.16

I am pleased to announce that in an effort to help us raise $110,000 by the end of this month, a number of generous donors have offered to match donations to IFI all the way up to $55,000! So between now and the end of the year, you can double the impact of your giving!  

As we approach the end of 2016 and reflect on a year of challenges and rewards, I thank God for all his mercies and blessings. We have much to be grateful for.

Despite relentless attacks on the natural family, we know that God is at work in our lives, in our communities, and in his church. This year more than ever, I am grateful to have all of you as our partners in this fight.

Every year we face an onslaught from the Left: relentless attempts to maintain and fund the so-called “right” to destroy unborn lives; to erode conscience rights and religious liberty; to expand marijuana use and increase gambling locations; and to eliminate of gender distinctions–including drafting our daughters into military service, and sexually integrating restrooms and locker rooms.

The stakes in 2017 will remain high. The Left doesn’t give up on their godless worldview or walk away from the battle. They are already planning marches, forming coalitions, and devising strategies.  They are preparing to redouble their efforts to push their agenda in the media, through pop culture, in our government schools, and in our legislatures and courts.

If we can learn anything from the Left, it’s to be persistent, tenacious, and bold.

We should not give up! Will you stand with us in 2017 and double the impact of your donation today? Donate online today!

Please join us to make sure we can start next year strong by making a special tax-deductible gift before December 31st—every dollar up to $55,000 will be matched!

Next year, there will be tremendous opportunities for effecting positive cultural change. It is only through your support that we are able to work tirelessly to promote pro-family views. 

We must continue to stand up to the attacks on our inalienable, God-given parental rights and constitutionally protected rights of speech, religion, and freedom of assembly and association. 

The challenges facing Illinois are serious. Untangling the cultural mess created by politically correct humanists will be difficult. However, the Illinois Family Institute is committed to the mission to “boldly bring a biblical perspective to the public square.

In 1516, lawyer, judge, and Christian martyr Thomas More wrote this in Utopia:

If you cannot pluck up bad ideas by the root…you must not therefore abandon the commonwealth. Don’t give up the ship in a storm because you cannot hold back the winds.

Four and a half centuries later in “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. echoed More’s reproach of political inaction:

More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will. We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people. Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God.

With your prayers and support, IFI will continue to speak unashamedly and unequivocally about the fundamental truths concerning life, marriage, faith, decency, and the natural family.

Illinois Family Institute is needed now more than ever.  We are your voice in the public square!  

Please DONATE ONLINE or call the IFI office
at (708) 781-9328 to support our work.

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We appreciate all that you do, and ask for your continued prayers and participation. Thank you for your support! We look forward to partnering with you in 2017 to stand courageously and winsomely 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 $110,000 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 Illinois Family Institute’s executive director.  He and his wife of 23 years are blessed to be the parents of seven children. David has been interviewed for numerous radio, television, cable programs and newspaper articles on topics such as marriage, broadcast decency, sex education, marijuana, gambling, abortion, homosexuality, tax policy, drug decriminalization and pornography. From 1996 – 2004, he worked as an aide to a City of Chicago Alderman.  During that time, he was a volunteer decency advocate for the group Citizens for Community Values of Illinois, filing 70 indecency complaints over a period of four years with...
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