Illinois Fatherhood Initiative
          1 North Dearborn Street #1000
                    Chicago, IL 60602
          800-996-DADS or 312-986-4274       

2018 IFI Fatherhood Essay Contest

Open to all Illinois schools K-12

Click to download the Essay Packet
so that your students can write about their fathers.



We celebrate 20 Years (1997-2017)

Click to view our 20 Year Anniversary Report




Thursday, November 16, 2017

Here are this year's IFI Ricky Byrdsong Awardees:

 Joel Hamernick
Sunshine Gospel Ministries
 Mike Trout
Young Men Educational Network



IFI would like to thank Families & Schools Together (FAST) for including us in their latest blogg.
Click on their logo below to read their comments.....


An Evening with Tom Dreesen -
Marquardt of Barrington & Fifth Third Bank

2017 Tom Dreesen & Comedians Golf Outing


Our 12 Essay Finalists and their "Fathers" - June 7, 2017


Essay Winners Throw Out First Pitch - July 14, 2017


2017 IFI Honoree Fathers


Congratulations to our new Executive Board Officers

President - Kevin Masukevich
Vice President - Dana O'Banion
Treasurer - Stan Dembouski
Secretary - Christina Bate

IFI receives $5600 donation from 100+ Who Care

Tony Lenhart presents the check to David Hirsch

Special thanks to Tony Lenhart and his 100+ Who Care colleagues for the $5,600 contribution to IFI -
Illinois Fatherhood Initiative.  100+ Who Care is a social philanthropy organization that chooses one charity to support every quarter.   To learn more about 100+ Who Care go to:


IFI's Mission:
"Actively Engaging Fathers in the Education of Children"


A message from David Hirsch, Founder of IFI"

"Why We Need to Break the Cycle of Father Absence"




 IFI Fatherhood School Assessment Program CLICK HERE

 IFI TALKS Mentoring Program, CLICK HERE 
 IFI Watch D.O.G.S. Program, CLICK HERE

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