Illinois Fatherhood Initiative - IFI
                      1 N. Dearborn St. #1000
                           Chicago IL 60602     


IFI is committed to connecting dads and kids.  That includes fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, and father figures.  In the past decade, we have implemented a variety of programs, events and resources that promote responsible fathering.  Some we’ve developed on our own.  For some we partner with national or local organizations.

We’re serious about fatherhood, but we have fun along the way.  We battle fatherlessness, but celebrate every father who simply chooses to be there for his son or daughter.  On occasion we honor specific dads, but we also motivate thousands of dads to connect with their kids.  Even with fund-raising events, our primary goal is to remind men of their responsibility and calling as fathers and father figures.

We’re constantly looking for new opportunities, new partners, new volunteers, new sources of funding and new friends.  Please join us in this noble work.

Over the last ten years, the children of Illinois have written more than 400,000essays as part of IFI’s annual Fatherhood Essay Contest (learn more here...)

WATCH D.O.G.S.® is the safe school initiative of the National Center for Fathering that involves fathers and father figures to help create a more safe and secure learning environment in our nation's schools (learn more here...)


IFI sponsors a prestigious golf outing that brings together national celebrities, local sports heroes, corporate sponsors, dedicated fathers, and eager volunteers (learn more here...)

Boot Camp for New Dads is a unique father-to-father, hospital based and community-based workshops that inspires and equips men of different economic levels, ages and cultures to become confidently engaged with their infants, support their mates and personally navigate their transformation into dads (learn more here...)

Ricky Byrdsong was a dedicated husband, father of three, Northwestern University basketball coach, AON employee and man of deep faith and convictions (learn more here...)


Too many dads struggle with juggling career and family.  At IFI, we believe that financially supporting your family is a significant part of being a great dad and the workplace can be a vital source of encouragement, accountability, and guidance for the fathers of Illinois (learn more here...)


The Illinois Fatherhood Initiative is a 501(c)3 charity.
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