The Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation

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The Debra Gelfand Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, fundraising organization of Glenview School District 34 parents and community members dedicated to providing emergency support for the children in the district. This Foundation was formed to honor Debra Gelfand for her work and dedication to District 34.  Debra Gelfand was a Glenview mother of six sons, who worked to provide support for the school community through active participation in school events helping children, supporting teachers and staff, and more.  She also strongly believed in the importance of providing support for those children of D34 who were experiencing hardships. Debra passed away on July 4, 1990 at the age of 37. 


Please join us in honoring Debra Gelfand and her mission. The Debra Gelfand Children’s Foundation relies solely on donations. Please donate now or contact us to volunteer to continue her mission with your time. All money and items raised by this foundation goes directly to help District 34 students and their families. 


You can make donations by clicking the button below or via checks by mail to:

Debra Gelfand Children’s Foundation | PO Box 368 | Glenview, IL 60025


“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me ”
– Fred Rogers



Board of Directors


Barbara SIlver

Vice President

Zach Gelfand


Nicole Carlson


Howard Silver

Fundraising Director

Kristi Mariani

Director of Communications

Stacie Brown


School Fundraising Coordinator

Henking - Carrie MatthisKristin Spalo

Hoffman - Mara LindsayAmy Alberts

EC / Westbrook - Shabeena Alam

Glen Grove - Laura Coleman

Lyon - Heidi Duncan

Pleasant Ridge - Jessica Plopper

Attea - Whitney Langas & Kelly Quinn

Springman - Monique Collins

Support Request Coordinator - Karen Hitzeman

Join Us!

The Debra Gelfand Children's Foundation could not exist without District 34 parent volunteers! Consider joining us and becoming a part of what makes District 34 so special.


Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.


Where does my money go?

One hundred percent of all donations received go directly to the students and families of District 34. The Debra Gelfand Children’s Foundation provides shoes, clothing, temporary transportation, rental and utility assistance, school supplies, books, and other supports, to District 34 students who are low income and/or experiencing an emergency crisis. The Foundation works with all eight schools in the district as well as with GOAL, and also provides funding for field trips, costs associated with extracurriculars, and other special events.

"A single act of kindness throws our roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."

-Amelia Earhart

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