Sun Foundation programs educate and inspire youth in our communities in the arts and environmental sciences. Your donation enables us to provide programs at low or no cost to students.

We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax-deductible. Our EIN is 23-7367667.

The Impact of Your Donation

  • Donations to our Art and Science in the Woods program cover many program costs, including financial need scholarships for nearly a quarter of attending students. Become a program sponsor →

  • Clean Water Celebrations contributions help us bring incredibly talented lecturers to Central Illinois to inspire students. Become a program sponsor →

  • Our Community Arts Access Grants must be matched with 25% local donations. A small donation here can have a big financial impact!

  • Art and Nature Center donations help us continue to offer field trip opportunities and educational workshops and to develop new community programs.

  • Contributing to our endowment fund helps us plan to continue our mission of advancing environmental sciences and arts to serve future generations.

Other Ways to Donate

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

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.

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

We graciously accept in-kind contributions of supplies and services to support our programs. We often need things like food, silent auction items, art and classroom supplies, and help with groundskeeping and fundraising. If you’d like to make an in-kind contribution, please contact us!