Compassionate Friends

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General Information
Description of AgencyThe Compassionate Friends (TCF) is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization offering friendship, understanding, and hope to families grieving the death of a child of any age, from any cause. There is no religious affiliation and no individual membership fees or dues are charged. All bereaved family members are welcome. Founded in England in 1969, TCF was established in the United States in 1972, with 501(c)(3) not for-profit incorporation in 1978, under which provision the organization’s more than 630 local chapters also operate. TCF operates as separate entities in at least 30 countries around the world.

Role of Local Chapters:
.. Regular meetings of local chapters provide a caring environment in which bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents can work through their grief with the help of others who have "been there." Monthly, nearly 19,000 attend chapter meetings.
.. Outreach is provided to more than 200,000 bereaved families and professionals each month through chapter newsletters, websites, phone calls, letters, and personal visits.
.. Educational information on grief following the death of a child and the work of TCF is provided to the community through publicity, speaking engagements, and the distribution of materials.

.. Local chapters pay an annual membership fee to the national organization. All contributions from individual members are voluntary. There are no individual dues or fees of any kind.
.. TCF’s 2010 budget is $962,973, with more than 80 percent allocated for services to chapters and the public. Administrative and fundraising costs comprise less than 20 percent of the organization’s total operating budget.
.. TCF income is derived from individual member donations, chapter fees and donations, sale of resource materials, conference and Walk to Remember proceeds, and the business and philanthropic communities. All contributions are tax-deductible.
.. TCF Foundation, Inc. has been established to assist in the long-term economic stability of The Compassionate Friends, Inc.
Contact Information
Contact's NamePatricia Loder
Contact's PositionExecutive Director, TCF/USA
Contact's Phone630-990-0246
Physical Site Address 1P. O. Box 3696
Physical Site City, State, ZipOak Brook, IL 60522
Main Phone866-964-4000
Web Address
Director Information
Director's NamePatricia Loder
Director's PositionExecutive Director
Director's Phone630-990-0246
Affiliated Programs and Services
This Agency: Compassionate Friends
Affiliated Programs: Compassionate Friends
*Main Site (Compassionate Friends, The)
Affiliated Services: Compassionate Friends Support Group - Pocono Chapter
Compassionate Friends Support Group - Wayne Memorial Hospital
Self-Help for Bereaved Parents
Support Group
Support Group