Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (IFI) was created in February 1997 to address the increasing problem of father absence in society. Research indicates that some 24,000,000 children - 1.1 million in Illinois alone - are growing up today in homes without their fathers. Children from fatherless homes are more likely to:
IFI is the country’s first state-wide non-profit fatherhood organization whose mission
IFI was founded with the belief that every child deserves to grow up in a home with a loving, caring and involved father or father-figure.
Through strategic alliances with private, non-profit, and governmental organizations IFI will create and strengthen existing child/father programs by harnessing and unleashing the energy of a diverse group of volunteers (women and men, young and old, and those with and without means) to position Illinois as one of the country’s leading advocates of responsible fathering.
When a child fails, we all pay the price. No one has a lot of free time, but we all make time for what’s important in our lives. We also have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth. Please do your part by being present and involved in the lives of your children/grandchildren as well as helping and mentoring the youth who do not have the benefit of growing up with both parents. There are a number of IFI volunteer opportunities that range from a couple of hours a year to a couple of hours a week. Please contact an IFI board member or simply send an e-mail to learn more about how to make a difference in your community.
David Hirsch is the father of five children, Director, Credit Suisse - Private Banking USA, actively involved in the community, and makes his home in the Chicago area with his wife Peggy.