Q. Who is the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF)?

A. CLEF was formed in 1993 by sixteen business leaders determined to change the lives of underprivileged children in Chicago by providing financial assistance to Lutheran schools. CLEF is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Q. What is the CLEF Good News Fund?

A. The CLEF Good News Fund is the money that is raised by CLEF and distributed to Chicago Lutheran schools, providing scholarships, educational materials, and emergency assistance. CLEF also funds special education opportunities for those children who have specific needs.

Q. How is financial assistance made available?

A. Assistance is provided to children and schools through designated grants, scholarships and special projects.

Q. How are financial grants used?

A. The children in these schools have many critical needs that include scholarships, technology, curriculum materials, special education programs, and other capital expenditures. The CLEF Grants Committee carefully evaluates the needs and designates the use of funds.

Q. Is there a scholarship fund?

A. Yes. There is a great need for scholarships. CLEF has established guidelines to qualify families who request financial assistance to send their children to Chicago Lutheran schools. (Click here to read some “Thank Yous” from children, parents and staff.)

Q. What percentage of a gift is applied to the actual needs of a child or school?

A. 100% of every dollar you give goes to benefit children in the schools. Board members of the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation underwrite 100% of the operational expenses of the CLEF Good News Fund.

Q. How is accountability assured?

A. The CLEF Grants Committee stringently monitors all use of funds and requires detailed documentation from the school administrators and boards.

Q. Can a gift be designated to a specific school?

A. Yes, as long as general guidelines established by the CLEF Board are met.

Q. Can a company match a gift to the Good News Fund?

A. Yes.

Q. Can gifts of stock, securities, real estate, life insurance and other appreciated assets be made to the Good News Fund?

A. Yes.

Q. Is a gift to the CLEF Good News Fund tax deductible?

A. CLEF is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Contact your advisor. All gifts are acknowledged in writing with a receipt for tax purposes.

Q. Does the CLEF Good News Fund provide grants to Lutheran schools outside of Chicago?

A. The CLEF mission and purpose, as currently defined, is focused on helping Lutheran schools in the city of Chicago alone. * At some point in the future when the future of Chicago Lutheran schools is ensured, CLEF has the freedom to expand its mission beyond Chicago. That next logical step would be to assist Lutheran schools throughout greater Chicagoland.

*Walther Christian Academy, in Melrose Park, serves a large area of west Chicago.

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