Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a resource that will help defray the cost of sports and community programs for children of families suffering financial hardship. Working with local organizations, the 12 Oaks Foundation will provide grants to families in need so their kids won’t have to miss some of the best parts of childhood.

Funds will be awarded based on financial need, with special consideration given to children in families coping with cancer.


Thank you to all who attended and supported our spectacular Shining Star Gala on Saturday, September 26, 2015. It was an evening of festivities… For more on the 12 Oaks Foundation, we invite you to view our video below.

Featured Family

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Kaitlyn, Rebecca And Jennifer’s Story

Activities outside of the home have always been very important to the family. Katelyn, Rebecca, and Jennifer have always loved to swim. Not only has swim introduced the girls to new friends and a supportive team, it has promoted self-discipline and self-confidence.

As a mom with recurrent breast cancer, the family has encountered […]

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

Children ages 8-18 whose participation in an athletic or artistic extracurricular activity has been or is at risk of being interrupted by the financial strain of cancer. Currently, we will be serving families in the Illinois and Wisconsin geographic areas with the goal of serving families nationally as funds permit.
No. Any extracurricular activity – be it in athletics or the arts (music, theatre, etc.) -where there are fees and expenses involved will be considered.
No. The 12 Oaks Foundation will write and send a check for the designated amount on your behalf directly to the appropriate individual/organization.
No. But proof of illness must be authenticated. We understand ongoing cancer treatment often results in financial strain on families. However, we may request additional information to understand the financial need for the activity or other support that may be available directly from the organization.