FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Supporting Community Services Foundation.

A: Thank you for your support of Community Services Foundation. 100% of your donation goes directly into the programs supported by CTF ILLINOIS.

Q: How can you guarantee that 100% of my donation goes directly into the programs of CTF ILLINOIS?

A: Community Services Foundation was established in 1989. It began as a staff of one and now has over 15 staff members. Our staff is supported thought our property management systems, make way for all funds raised through special events, campaigns and private donations can go directly to the individuals supported at CTF ILLINOIS. Learn more about our gift policy standards.

Q: Will I get a receipt for my donation?

A: Yes. When you make your donation online, you will see a confirmation page and receive an email confirmation, either one of which may be used as an official receipt (sometimes you may have to check your Junk folder to retrieve the receipt). If you mail in your contribution, we will send you a confirmation letter which you can expect within 2-3 weeks of your contribution. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@csfil.org.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

A: Community Services foundation, Inc. is recognized as tax-exempt under section 50l(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible. Our Federal Tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 36-3650550.

Q: How can I update my information or preferences?

A: Please contact our Donor Services Department at 708-429-1260 or info@csfil.org and let us know about any changes to your information and preferences on how we communicate with you.

Q: What credit cards does Special Olympics accept? How can I be sure my donation secure?

A: We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Special Olympics takes every precaution to protect our donors’ information, please refer to our privacy policy. Companies we work with to process credit card transactions are among the most reputable in the field, trusted by major charities. SSL encryption and certificate services are utilized for communicating potentially sensitive data over the Internet. This method is the industry standard security protocol, which makes it extremely difficult for anyone else to intercept the credit card information you send to us. In addition to maintaining privacy and security controls over information you share with us, Community Services Foundation works to accurately process your contribution information. During business hours (M-F, 8:30am – 5pm CT) our Donor Services staff is available to answer questions about your financial donation at 708-429-1260 or info@csfil.org.

Q: Can I donate in honor or memory of someone? Will you send a tribute card to the recipient?

A: Yes, donating in someone’s name is a meaningful way to celebrate a friend or remember a loved one. You can enter information in the “Honor and Memorial Giving” section of the donation form. CSF will mail a card to the honoree or their family letting them know that you made a donation to honor them. Cards are processed each business day but please allow 1-2 weeks for your honoree’s card to arrive in the mail.

Q: Can I become a monthly contributor to Community Services Foundation?

A: Absolutely! Monthly giving is one of the best ways you can support Special Olympics, providing a reliable revenue stream for trainings and competitions. You can sign up using this secure online form. Your first donation will be processed right away and then each month on approximately the same date. You will receive confirmation when your contribution was processed. If you would like to make any changes to your monthly donation at any point or have any questions about monthly giving, please use the form below to request the changes or contact our Donor Services Department at 708-429-1260 or info@csfil.org.

Q: I would like to get more involved with you organization, how can I do that?

A: We are always looking for volunteers to assist us with our special events. Please contact our Development Department at 708-429-1260 or info@csfil.org.

Gift Policy Standards

All donations to Community Services Foundation (CSF) will support the CTF ILLINOIS mission of empowering individuals with disabilities to live the life they want to live.

On behalf of CTF ILLINOIS, CSF hosts special events, manages Make a Match Campaign, and employees a grant writing staff grant writing to assure every donated dollar goes directly into the supports of the CTF residents and day program participants. We continuously and carefully consider the needs of the organization and as stewards of your donations, will use your gift where we determine it is most needed… When processing each gift, we will follow documented Generally Accepted Accounting Principles standards.

CSF accepts general donations and honor donations that are restricted to specific programs. We honor all donations at our annual Friendsgiving dinners and unless otherwise instructed, all donations over 500.00 will be displayed on our donor wall located in Orland Park, IL. CSF may refuse any gift that does not sufficiently benefit the organization, is in conflict with the CSF or CTF ILLINOIS mission, puts the reputation of CSF or CTF at risk or is prohibited by law.

Donation Refund Policy

If your donation to Community Services Foundation was made in error, please contact our Development office at 708-429-1260 for assistance.