Donate & Fundraise

Help us reach our goal!

Did you know that 1 in 15 children in Illinois will lose a parent or sibling by the age of 18? Did you know that children and teens whose grief goes unattended, are emotionally, physically, socially and academically at risk?

Willow House is the only independent organization in Illinois whose sole mission and passion is to serve this population.


Willow House provides support services to children, teens and families who are grieving the death of a loved one. For over 22 years, Willow House has been the go-to program in the greater Chicagoland area, called upon to help young grieving families, school communities and others in crisis as they cope with death. All services are provided at no charge.

The Annual Walk & 5K Run to Remember is one way we unite as a community to honor the memory of loved ones who have died, while raising essential funds to keep programs going. As we navigate these unprecedented times, the demand for Willow House grief support programs is greater than ever. We need your help to ensure Willow House remains ready to support each child, family, school and community in need!

There are three easy ways you can help today: (1) Make a donation, (2) Create a fundraising page, and (3) Register to participate in the event!

There is an impact behind every dollar raised:
– A gift of $25 provides grief-focused books for a newly bereaved child and adult.
– A gift of $50 provides art supplies for 10 families at a support group.
– A gift of $100 provides 1 family an intake session with a clinical counselor.
– A gift of $250 provides clinical staff for two support groups.
– A gift of $500 provides an expressive arts workshop for 15 families.
– A gift of $1,000 provides an 8-week school-based support group series.

At the heart of this, and all of our fundraising efforts, is the goal to continue providing grief support services at no cost to families in need. From the staff and families of Willow House, we thank you for your support!

Fundraising Tips


Support Willow House by creating a fundraising page to raise critical funds for grief support services. Invite your family, friends, coworkers, and network to support Willow House and join your fundraising team! With your help, we can ensure that no child or family grieves alone.


Download a sample letter to send to your friends and family!


Social media has made it easier than ever before to share with friends and family that you are participating in the Week to Remember.

Utilize Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn to recruit team members, share your personal story, and fundraise. Post a direct link to your personal fundraising page, ask your friends for support, provide updates on your fundraising progress, and thank your contributors!


Send texts or emails to friends and family and include a link to your personal fundraising page telling them why their support is so important to you, your family, and Willow House.


Get your employer involved!

Many companies offer corporate giving programs that match the funds you donate. Ask your HR department for more details. Ask your company to sponsor each employee who participates for $25!

Be a Sponsor!

Make an impact in the community by sponsoring this event and support bereaved children and families. Sponsorship levels can be customized to suit all giving levels, are fully deductible, and begin at $250. For more information regarding sponsorships or team registration packages, please click here:


Thank You to Our Sponsors