SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION
Detachment of Illinois
In 1954, The American Legion allowed the separate incorporation of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. Since then, the Foundation has granted over 17 million dollars to nonprofit youth-oriented organizations, providing them a means to educate families and communicate about the needs of special children across the nation. Most of the donations come in five or ten dollars at time from people like you.
This year 24 grants for an amount of $766,761 for projects to completed by 2019. Donations have exceeded $526,053 with $327, 594 donated from the SAL. To date the SAL has donated over 8 million dollars to the foundation. Members of the American Legion Family are the primary contributors to the success and growth of the foundation.
Remember the American Legions 4 Pillars, this is what the Legion stands for;
Veterans Affair and Rehabilitation
Children & Youth
Mission - Foremost priority is to contribute to the physical , mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of the children and youth.
History - In 1952 Dr. Gerald Murphy came to the American Legion with valuable contribution if they could figure out some way it would be used to help children and the idea of a foundation was created. Later that year the NEC(National Executive Committee) appointed a special committee to determine the feasibility of establishing such a proposed foundation.
In 1955 the foundation give its first grant totaling $22,000 to three organizations and to date 17 million has been awarded to organizations to assist the children of this country from the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.
About - The foundation though created by the American Legion is actually separate nonprofit corporation. It is composed of nine members appointed by the American Legion’s NEC upon nomination by the National Commander.
Grant seekers are nonprofit and tax exempt organizations which meet one the foundations basic purposes.
Purposes - Contribute to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or their programs designed to benefit youth; and
Contribute to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by well-stablished organizations, to the end that such information can be more adequately used by society.
24th District Sr. Vice Commander