Our Mission

Face the Future Foundation works to transform the lives of Chicago-area children born with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial differences by facilitating access to state-of-the-art medical care and by supporting related research and education. Our mission throughout the years has remained steadfast and true: to help our local children with craniofacial differences build brighter futures.

Our Core Values

We believe that every child deserves the best medical care, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or ability to pay. Medical care should address a child's emotional and cognitive as well as physical well-being. Research must continue to improve craniofacial conditions. Information about these treatments must be readily available to families throughout the Chicago area.

Our Goals

Face the Future Foundation is dedicated to expanding healthcare access for craniofacial conditions to underserved children throughout the Chicago area. We fund research and cutting-edge technology that lead to new treatments for these children. Finally, our goal is to raise awareness about craniofacial differences to the general public.

Face the Future Foundation: Our History

The Early Years

The story of Face the Future Foundation is an integral part of the many successes and milestones of the Craniofacial Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago. In 1987, a group of former patients and their families, grateful to the Center for the life-changing services they received, banded together with prominent local social and business leaders to help raise money to aid the Center’s mission. Originally called the Advisory Board of the Craniofacial Center, the Foundation immediately threw itself into the task of providing funding for the Center’s unparalleled patient care while raising public awareness of craniofacial conditions.

Building an All-in-One Treatment Center

In 1997, the Advisory Board and Craniofacial Center completed their most ambitious project yet: a brand new home for the Center that would provide patients with all their care in one location. Working with the University of Illinois-Chicago, the Advisory Board raised $3 million to move the Center into its current, 16,000-square-foot home on the UIC medical campus. There, the Center found itself able to provide all the surgeries, checkups, and counseling that the brave young patients and their families needed, conveniently located under one roof.

Official Incorporation

In 2007, the Advisory Board incorporated as a 501(c)3, changing its name to Face the Future Foundation. The restructuring of the organization was completed to further the goals of the Craniofacial Center. Rechristened and revitalized, the Foundation has redoubled its efforts to achieve its core goals of expanding access to direct healthcare services to disadvantaged or underserved children primarily from the Chicago metropolitan area who need treatment for a craniofacial difference. With the incorporation of Face the Future Foundation and its more dynamic fundraising abilities, the Center is even better equipped to provide vital programs to patients that are not covered by insurance, while continuing their cutting-edge innovation into the treatment of craniofacial differences.