The Sun Foundation Needs Your Help!

Join the Sun Foundation’s Board of Directors and volunteers in working to restore the funding that has been lost and help the Sun Foundation’s bright ideas for children and education continue to shine.

How to Donate

There are various ways of giving to the Sun Foundation that can help you meet your philanthropic goals & personal financial planning objectives.

Click the button to donate to the Sun Foundation using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or PayPal.

You will be transferred to the PayPal site, and from there you can enter the amount you wish to donate, and then either sign into your PayPal account (if you have one), or click on “continue” underneath “Don’t have a PayPal account?” to donate using a credit card.

You will receive a receipt after the payment is processed that you can print to document your donation for tax purposes.

Thank you very much for your donation; without your support, we could not continue the many programs that we offer.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please feel free to contact us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via phone at 309.246.8403.

Ways of Giving

Outright Gifts

Outright gifts such as cash, stock, and property, can lower your tax liability. They allow you to put your philanthropy to work immediately in an area of special interest to you.

  • Cash gifts. Many donors find that this is the simplest and most direct method of support.
  • Appreciated securities. By transferring stock you avoid the capital gains tax and brokers fees on the eventual sale of the stock, and you receive a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the stock.

Sun Foundation Endowment Fund, managed by the Central Illinois Community Foundation, of Peoria.

Contributions may be designated for a specific Sun Foundation Children’s Programs. Click on the programs below to see how  your monetary donation will be utilized.

Program Sponsor: $1,000
School Bus Sponsor: $600
Tent Rental: $350 per tent
Full Class Sponsor: $600
1/2 Class Sponsor: $300
1/4 Class Sponsor: $150
Porta Pottie: $100 each
Financial Need Student Scholarship: $200 each
Class Materials: $60 per student
Postage for registration packets: $220
Food, Lodging, & Travel for 1 Instructor: $1000
Student Lunches: $20 for 1 student for the week
Set-up/Maintenance/Clean-up: $175 per class site
Mower Maintenance and Fuel: $1400
Equipment Maintenance and Repair: $1200
Sun Foundation Journal Printing: $4,000
Student T-Shirt: $15 per student
Telephone and Internet Expenses: $500 for the month of June
Dumpster Rental: $300
Golf Cart Rental: $220 each
Ice: $370
Accounting: $240 for the month
Bookkeeping: $240 for the month
Sponsor an Intern: $600 for the week

Program Sponsor: $1,000 School
Bus Sponsor: $600
Peoria Civic Center Rental: $15,000
Sponsor a Presenting Artist or Scientist: $700
Keynote Speaker Sponsor: $2,500
Sponsor travel expenses for DNR biologist for watershed education classes: $2200
Sponsor Volunteer Refreshments: $800
Keynote Speaker Travel: $1200

School Field Trips

Community Art Access

Deferred Gifts

Deferred gifts give future benefit, usually after the death of a donor or another individual beneficiary. Such gifts can substantially lower income taxes and estate taxes.

  • Bequests. You can designate a charitable beneficiary in your will. This can be an important consideration for those whose estates may otherwise be subject to high estate tax rates.
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts. Creating a charitable remainder annuity trust or charitable remainder unitrust provides you with lifetime income, tax savings, and then, after your death, supports your philanthropic goal.

Gifts of In kind Services and Supplies

You can also give of your time to help maintain the facility, run staff programs, fundraise, make phone calls, or join our committees. If you have teaching, carpentry, electrician or general maintenance skills, consider volunteering at the Sun Foundation Center where 5 miles of trails need constant trimming and upkeep, and buildings need to be maintained. Teaching assistants are needed for the summer program. We also appreciate help from those with graphic layout, writing, & computer skills. A few hours of your time a week or a month would be of great help to our small organization with limited funds and staff. To volunteer call the Sun Foundation (309)246-8403 or visit the Volunteer link on our website to learn more.

Gifts of In kind Supplies

Our Foundation wish list includes:

  • Scholarships for financial-need students
  • Art and Science in the Woods and Youth Summer Camp-$200 each
  • Camp Tent Rental – $350
  • Program supplies
  • Food supplies
  • Auction items for fund-raising events