We extend our thanks to the following individuals and organizations for providing financial support.  Here is a listing of our major supporters over the past 3 years.

Major Gifts

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  • $25,000 gift from Alpha Phi Foundation to restore the Office in Rest Cottage
  • $25,000 gift from the New Hampshire WCTU Union to restore the Parlor in Rest Cottage
  • $15,000 from the WCTU to organize the Archives
  • $10,000 gift from Fort Dearborn Chapter of the DAR to restore the Rest Cottage Entry Hall
  • $10,000 match from New Hampshire WCTU Union for DAR pledge
  • $7,500 gift from the WCTU to restore the Dining Room in Rest Cottage
  • $5,300 gift from the Jim and Annanette Harper Family Foundation to restore several Polyglot Petition scrolls
  • $5,000 from the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) to organize the Archives
  • $5,000 gift from the Ohio WCTU Union to restore the Dining Room in Rest Cottage
  • $5,000 gift from the Prohibition Trust to create a display for the Polyglot Petition
  • $2,500 gift from the Prohibition Trust for an internship
  • $1,500 gift from the Fort Dearborn of the DAR for an internship


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  • $30,000 grant for capacity building over 3 years from Evanston Community Foundation root2fruit program
  • $5,000 Responsive Grant from Evanston Community Foundation to help fund FrancesWillard@175 activities
  • $5,000 Preservation Needs Assessment from Conservation Center (funded by National Endowment for the Humanities) for review of preservation practices and deficiencies
  • $4,775 from National Trust for Historic Preservation for WCTU Administration Building Economic Feasibility Study
  • $2,500 grant from Evanston Bicycle Club to restore Willard’s 1892 bicycle “Gladys”
  • $2,450 grant from National Trust for Historic Preservation for an historic landscaping master plan
  • $1,500 from Landmarks Illinois for Life Safety Museum Upgrades
  • $300 from Lincolnwood Evanston Garden Club for garden restoration


  • Dr. and Mrs. Steven and Nancy Schultz
  • Melba Borger
  • Mary McWilliams
  • Ann and Brian Balusek
  • Sara and Horst Schastok
  • Carole Bass
  • Sharon Bogetz
  • Margaret Liu
  • Virginia Beatty
  • The Walker Family Charitable Fund
  • Carolyn and Bill Gifford
  • Geoff Judge
  • Robert Griffiths
  • Ruth Wood
  • Mr. & Mrs. John Markham Freese
  • Carma Kulish
  • Anton Valukas
  • Amy Slagell
  • Judy Falconer
  • Beth Coughlin
  • Arda Hovnanian
  • Sally Cohen
  • Kim Olsen-Clark
  • Amy Tyson
  • Stanley Parzen and Lynne Raimondo
  • Jennifer Pritzker
  • Doug and Linda Honnold
  • Carole Bass
  • Dale Lingscheid
  • Prudence Moylan
  • Thomas M. and Nancy Hess Klein

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