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Third Party Fundraisers

Common Ground Food Co-op Round Up For Good

December 2015, All Month Long
Common Ground Food Co-op
Lincoln Square, 300 S. Broadway Suite 166, Urbana

Each month, Common Ground’s customers “Round Up” their change at the register to donate to an organization that has been chosen by their owners. Customers may also throw extra change into their donation box on their way out. For the fourth year in a row, Crisis Nursery was chosen to be the Round Up charity for December. Since 2013, Common Ground Food Co-op and its owners have donated over $3,600 to Crisis Nursery. Thank you, Common Ground! So this December, be sure to do all of your grocery shopping at Common Ground and remember to Round Up for Good!

Mizuno Braves "Angels in the Outfield Toy Drive"

Sunday, December 6 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm
The Cage
2112 Sangamon Drive, Champaign

The Mizuno Braves Baseball organization is hosting a “Drive Thru” toy drive. Donate a new, unwrapped toy (any age) and bring a smile to a child this holiday season. All you have to do is drop off your gift at The Cage and one of the Mizuno Braves players will be there to greet you and pick up the gift from your car. Toys will be donated to children at Crisis Nursery.

Prairie Fields HOA Holiday Light Contest

Sunday, December 13 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Prairie Fields Neighborhood

Get into the holiday spirit on Sunday, December 13 in the Prairie Fields Neighborhood in Savoy! The Prairie Fields HOA is hosting their First Annual Neighborhood Holiday Lights Contest. Some of the neighbors are hosting voting polls (view map here) and will also be accepting donations for Crisis Nursery. Click here for more information about the contest.

dine&donate Joe's Brewery

Monday, December 14 from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Joe's Brewery
706 S. 5th Street, Champaign

On Monday, December 14, Joe's Brewery will be donating 25% of all sales of full priced menu items to Crisis Nursery! In the heart of campustown, Joe’s offers a wide variety of outrageously good burgers - from ILL-INI to Aloha - that are sure to please all tastes. With 2 levels and 5,000 square feet, there's room for everyone at Joe's whether you're a current student, alumni, or townie! For more information, visit 

Ten Thousand Villages Community Shopping Event

Monday, December 14 - Sunday, December 20
Ten Thousand Villages
105 N. Walnut, Champaign

This holiday season, you’re invited to participate in a nonprofit shopping benefit. From December 14-20, Ten Thousand Villages will donate a percentage of sales to Crisis Nursery each time a customer mentions the Nursery in the store. Join us for a kick-off event at the Ten Thousand Villages store on December 14 from 5-8pm. Ten Thousand Villages in Champaign is a nonprofit retail store and part of a network of 79 stores across the US. They are one of the largest fair trade retailers of handcrafted home decor and personal accessories from around the world. Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihood of disadvantaged artisans through establishing a sustainable market for handcrafted products in North America. This community shopping event allows you to support important work of two non-profit organizations at the same time and really make your purchases count this holiday season. Visit for more information.

Dress Down to Stand Up for Kids


Throughout the year, businesses and schools in the community are dressing down and raising money for Crisis Nursery. For a suggested $5 donation, participants can dress down for the day - jeans day, pajama day, jersey day, funky hat day, etc. - and wear a sticker to show support for Crisis Nursery. Since inception in 2013, this fun, easy program has raised nearly $23,000 for Crisis Nursery. Thank you to everyone in the community for your support! This year's participants include O'Brien Auto Park of Urbana, EP Technology Corporation, Martin Hood Friese & Associates, Downey Group, Cozad Asset Management, U of I Employees Credit Union, Applied Pavement Technology, Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, Arthur Elementary School, Mahomet-Seymour Elementary, Jefferson Middle School, and Villa Grove Elementary School. Interested in participating? Contact Heather by email or call 217-337-2731 for more information. 

Third Party Fundraiser Guidelines

A third-party fundraising event is any activity by a non-affiliated group or individual where Crisis Nursery has no fiduciary responsibility and little or no staff involvement. A third party fundraiser is an outside group or individual that wishes to hold a promotion, event, or sale to benefit Crisis Nursery. 
Third party fundraisers are a great way to collect money and goods to donate to the Nursery. We are grateful for dollars raised through events – they helped us raise more than $58,000 in fiscal year 2010! Crisis Nursery encourages third party fundraisers (i.e. golf outings, marathons, sales and donations benefitting the Nursery, etc).

If you have an idea or plan for an event that will benefit Crisis Nursery, contact Special Events Coordinator Heather Wienke to discuss your idea. We ask that all events are approved by Crisis Nursery in advance. This is an important safeguard to preserving the integrity of the Crisis Nursery name and our commitment to raise the necessary funds to fulfill our mission in a cost-effective and efficient manner.  Together, we will discuss your plan and provide guidance for success. Please review our Third Party Fundraiser Guidelines and Agreement. This document will need to be signed in order to move forward with your event 

Because of the volume of these requests, we cannot personally participate in each event that is proposed but will provide materials for your event about Crisis Nursery and the services we provide. As a reminder - please do not move forward with your plans until you have discussed your idea for a third party fundraiser with Special Events Coordinator. Thank you for your support of Crisis Nursery.

If you are interested in organizing an event that supports Crisis Nursery, please contact Ashley Lovell at 217-337-2731 or Thank you for your interest and support!