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.
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.