Crisis Nursery kicks off new fundraising effort with $100,000 matching gift

Crisis Nursery kicks off new fundraising effort with $100,000 matching gift

URBANA — The Crisis Nursery says it's launching the next phase of a fundraising campaign with a $100,000 matching gift.

The gift commitment has been made by sandwich chain founder Jimmy John Liautaud and his wife, Leslie, through the Liautaud Family Foundation.

The Liautauds will match all money pledged up to $100,000 through June, according to the Crisis Nursery, an emergency child-care facility intended to provide safe shelter and support for young children and families in crisis.

The agency said it is raising money to knock down a deficit of about $300,000 resulting from an unpaid state Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity grant.

The unpaid DCEO grant was awarded to the nursery for an expansion project in 2009.

The grant funding has remained frozen indefinitely, according to the Crisis Nursery, but the agency's leaders continue to ask for the promised money to be paid in full.

The agency said the need for its services has grown as other local human service agencies have reduced their own services due to funding deficiencies. Its Safe Children program had a record-high 5,741 admissions in the past fiscal year and provided more than 45,000 hours of crisis care to children and families in the local community.

The nursery's Strong Families program also provided hundreds of home visits and support groups.

"We are so grateful for the Liautaud family's continued support," nursery Executive Director Stephanie Record said. "Crisis Nursery is ready to erase the deficit left by the state of Illinois' failure to pay the promised DCEO grant."

This latest donation is the second six-figure gift awarded to the Crisis Nursery from the Liautaud Family Foundation, which donated $200,000 last January. That gift, along with a $100,000 donation from Dan and Rhonda Proctor, completed the first phase of a $1.9 million campaign for building expansion.

"It gives us great joy to help out and give back to our local charities," Jimmy John Liautaud said. "I hope the matching program inspires others to help as it has us."

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cwakefld wrote on January 09, 2018 at 3:01 pm

First he donates the money necessary to finish the first segment of the Kickapoo rail trail and now this. This guy is such a scumbag. Who does he think he is?