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Planned Giving


Why give to The Women's Center?

It could be in the middle of the night when a woman knocks at our door, shaking as she nervously asks for help. Her face is bloodied and bruised; unable to be concealed by any concealer. She has no money, no safe place to stay, and comes accompanied by the belief that she had done something wrong. She brings her daughter -who wonders why the Daddy she loves always hits mommy and swears.

Perhaps there’s a telephone call to the hotline, where a volunteer hopes to convince a desperate woman that tonight is not the time to die.

Or possibly someone calls from the hospital emergency room reporting a rape. Women, men, children, sexual orientation: it makes no difference who you are, we will help.

The Women’s Center, established in 1972, continues to provide services to survivors of sexual and domestic violence in Franklin, Gallatin, Jackson, Johnson, Perry, Saline, Union and Williamson counties.. In 2017, we assisted 212 children and 1,131 adults with 11,697 hours of domestic violence services; provided 7,283 nights of safe shelter and an additional 3,650 nights of transitional housing. We provided 292 clients 2,743 hours of sexual assault services and assisted in obtaining 638 Orders of Protection. We received over 8,000 Crisis Hotline calls.

Thanks to you, we have expanded and updated facilities and have offices in Benton (Franklin County Courthouse), Marion (1111 Anker Drive) and Harrisburg (540 N. Commercial Drive Suite 320) as well as in the Eurma Hayes Center (441 East Willow Street) and on Thompson Street in Carbondale. Over 80 percent of our funding comes from state and federal grants, but as we learned in 2016 and 2017 when the State of Illinois operated without a budget, relying on this funding to continue is unwise. A larger share of our $1.9 million annual budget needs to come from local support.

Whether you are a first-time donor, or one that has given faithfully for decades, we continue to need your help. This can be done through an annual contributions, or through planned giving - a means of providing future financial support. Although the tax benefits to you and your heirs may be significant, we ask you to focus on the abused woman knocking at our door, the child who blames them self for daddy hitting mommy, the raped woman lying on a hospital bed, or the woman who is on the verge of giving up hope and believes that tonight is the time to die. Unfortunately, there are many. Too many.

A large number of our donors are people of limited means, while a smaller number come from those possessing sizable estates. Contributions large or small reward the donor with the emotional satisfaction of helping someone in need. 

For those of you considering  a planned gift - a gift that will extend your legacy well into the future - we ask you to read through the brochure below:


Call Development Specialist John Pfeifer to discuss a gift that best exemplifies your values and is used for the specific need or program you'd like.
I am happy to discuss your charitable plans and goals and will see that your gift is used as you wish, to help us carry on the work of The Women’s Center.

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