Bunker Hill Charities is an Illinois Nonprofit Corporation founded on October 14, 2015 to affect societal change and improve the quality of living for Northwestern Illinois communities and neighboring areas. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. These needs are addressed through funding, volunteer coordination and building relationships between the various charitable organizations and resources serving the local community. These partner organizations are Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(c)(3) organizations with an impactful mission and programs for the community that address a specific need researched by Bunker Hill Farms.
The vision is to be a significant community funder of the health and human services, yet does not limit the scope of influence to just these areas of need. The Charity is a change agent, efficient fundraiser, and a community resource and hub. The Charity partners with diverse individuals and corporations, and invests in proven programs and agencies by impacting societal change by helping people of all ages develop, grow, succeed, and learn. The Charity supports mentoring, character development, and education while promoting independence, financial stability, and ensures safety and well-being for all. The Charity provides information, referrals and assistance to support healthy and vital individuals and communities in Northwestern Illinois.
Before the official launch of Bunker Hill Charities in 2015, the Domek Family began sharing Bunker Hill Farms for charitable endeavors. The summer of 2013 marked the first Muddy Bunker, with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers and Big Sisters of McHenry County. Rockin’ the Hill, a private concert held in 2014, raised more than $70,000 for the United of Way of McHenry County. Additionally, 2014 marked the offering of eight person, one-of-a-kind golf outings as a Live Auction Items. These golf packages were featured in Chicagoland charitable events.
In 2015, more than $130,000 was raised for Chicagoland charitable organizations through the live auction golf experiences. The Muddy Bunker private mud run also returned, raising more than $19,000 for the Family Health Partnership Clinic. The mission of the mud run is to support health and wellness initiatives and programs, and the 2016 race beneficiaries are the a local YMCA, and a therapy center serving the young to the elderly.
The charity has a strong commitment to the next generation by providing character development education and mentorship as an investor and collaborative partner to Lift up America and the Ambassadors of Compassion initiatives. Additionally, Bunker Hill Charities is a significant contributor to a high school entrepreneurship incubator program. This initiative not only fosters and recognizes innovative educational models but also utilizes community leaders and business owners to become coaches and mentors to teach and guide students.
“As the Board President for Big Brothers Big Sisters of McHenry County, I will be forever grateful to Bunker Hill Charities. Their unique and generous approach to fundraising enabled us to broaden the awareness of what the agency does and directly assisted us with improving the lives of additional kids in the community.”
Jamie Maravich | Market President | McHenry-Northern Lake County | BMO Harris Bank
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of McHenry County, Board President
“I’d like to thank Mike and the team at Bunker Hill Charities for working with us at the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation on our annual Barndance. The live auction at our event each year is a real spectacle with a generous crowd competing for interesting and unique auction packages. Over the last few years the Bunker Hill Farms outing has been a highlight at our auction since it is an incredibly unique and fun property combined with first class service. Each of the buyers of the Bunker Hill experience package has raved about the guest experience at Bunker Hill: beautiful property, exclusive feel, excellent service and great food – no detail is missed! We are proud to be able to work with such a generous group as Bunker Hill Charities and hope that we’ll be able to continue for many years into the future.”
~Andy Hartlieb, President at American Community Bank & Trust, and the Vice President of Gavers Community Cancer Foundation