Helping Kids Thrive

A Hug from Hunter
If something made Hunter upset, he would pace the floor and say the same thing over and over again, but he couldn’t express his feelings or successfully talk with friends or family. His mom, Angie, brought him to ChildServe to help him build communication skills through therapy: it was life-changing. Hunter is now comfortable with many social tasks, like talking to other kids and voicing what he’s anxious about. Hunter gained many abilities from therapy, but Angie says the greatest gift was simple – a hug from her son. “He used to put his arm around you, but his body was saying, ‘Please don’t touch me,’” said Angie. “Now he gives me real hugs; he will even initiate them! The difference is amazing. I can’t find the words to express my gratitude.”

How Your Dollars Help

Adaptive Equipment

Your gift helps children find independence and freedom through specialized equipment. Many times, this equipment increases their mobility in a way they haven’t experienced before. Gifts to ChildServe also allow us to update equipment as children grow.

Care Support

Your donation provides special equipment and opportunities to help children with special healthcare needs reach their full potential. Gifts may go toward items like enhancing bedside monitoring equipment, building adaptive playgrounds, or providing summer camp opportunities through our respite program.


Your gifts allow us to provide safe, convenient transportation for children and young adults with mobility difficulties. ChildServe’s wheelchair accessible vans and busses enable children to attend a variety of appointments and recreational activities. Zach even used our transportation to vote in the last presidential election!

Specialty Clinic or Program Start-up Funds

Many ChildServe clinics and programs that now serve hundreds of children each year began with the support of donors like you and address needs that were previously unmet.

Facility Repair and Improvements

Financial gifts allow ChildServe to utilize top-of-the-line equipment in spacious, updated facilities. For example, our Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bike was made possible through donations to the ChildServe Foundation. It now helps children and young adults like Sarah regain strength in their muscles through our various therapy and rehabilitation programs.

Community Outings

Children and young adults love to explore and interact with their community. Your donations help them do so in a safe way. Some outings focus on educational aspects and helping children reach their goals for greater independence. Other trips allow children and young adults to go bowling, swimming, shopping and other recreational activities. We believe these are activities that all children should be able to experience and enjoy.

Personal Needs

Sometimes children and families can’t afford to purchase the “extra” things in life after years of expensive medical bills. From Christmas presents for a six-year old, to a new shoes for a high school freshman, your gifts help bring a smile to the faces of children and their families.

How to Give

Make a Gift
We help thousands of children and young adults each year, but all of our good work begins with support from our generous donors. Thank you!
Whether you’re enjoying a night of bubble wrap creations or an afternoon on the golf course, our events unite fun with an amazing cause: helping Iowa’s children live a great life.
Make an amazing impact at ChildServe! Our many volunteer opportunities include everything from helping children do what they love, to making sure special events and activities run smoothly.
Planned Giving
Looking for a way to make a lasting impact? Planned gifts allow you to organize your donations for the years to come.

The ChildServe
Legacy Society

The ChildServe Legacy Society recognizes and honors the partnership of individuals and families who have included the organization as a beneficiary of their estate plans.

Donor Profile: SCI-CAN Foundation

Since beginning services at ChildServe at nine months old, Rylie has attended occupational therapy and physical therapy to help improve her independence and range of motion. At the recommendation of her therapy team, Rylie began an intensive eight-week therapy program in November 2016 in addition to her weekly therapy sessions.

Donor Profile: Reece Sodders

A Special Birthday Gift In 2015, ChildServe in Ames received a special birthday present fit for a 15-year milestone. Reece Sodders, an Eagle Scout from the Ames area, chose to make a uniquely accessible picnic table for the ChildServe - Ames respite center as part of...

Donor Profile: Cathy Stjernberg

Making a Difference: Cathy Stjernberg As a donor, volunteer and trustee, Cathy Stjernberg has seen ChildServe from many perspectives. Cathy spent over 30 years as an educator, working mostly in West Des Moines schools. When a friend suggested Cathy join ChildServe's...

Donor Profile: Don and Margo Blumenthal

Making a Lasting Impact: Don and Margo Blumenthal   Margo Blumenthal recalls fondly a certain brainstorming session during a ChildServe Board of Directors retreat in the early 1990s. ChildServe had recently added a number of services, including an adaptive...

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my charitable contribution to ChildServe tax-deductible?
Yes, the ChildServe Foundation, the charitable arm of ChildServe, is a 501(c)(3) organization. The tax identification number is 42-1157665.
If I make a tribute gift, how will it be acknowledged?
As the donor, you will receive a letter thanking you for your donation from ChildServe. The individual you are recognizing will be sent notification of your generosity (without mention of the gift amount) explaining how the gift will be used to benefit children. In the case of a memorial gift, the family, whose name and address the donor provides, will be sent a similar notification.
If I participate in an event, is the full amount of my entry/registration fee considered a donation?
The amount of your charitable contribution to ChildServe Foundation is limited to the excess of your gift over the value of goods or services provided by ChildServe. A post-event letter will be sent to each participant indicating the cost of goods and services provided by ChildServe and the deductible portion of the gift. An example of such a letter from a recent golf event follows:

For this tournament, the cost of greens fees and food totaled $63.65 per golfer. Therefore, the amount you may claim for your charitable deduction on your federal income tax return is $86.35 per individual golfer with an entry fee of $150.00.

What is an in-kind gift, and does ChildServe accept them?
An in-kind contribution is a good or service given to ChildServe rather than money. It may be something ChildServe gives to families for the care of their children or something we use for operational purposes. Examples are many—groups make beautiful quilts for the children, occasionally families have care items they no longer need and give to ChildServe, organizations provide admission tickets so that the children can enjoy activities to which they might otherwise be unexposed. The list is endless. To learn more about how to make an in-kind donation, please call the foundation office at 515.727.8750.
If I make an in-kind gift, will you place a value for my tax purposes?
At the request of our auditors, ChildServe is unable to place a value on your in-kind gift. We will, however, provide documentation of the receipt of the gift and its condition for the donor’s use in the valuation process.
Can I invite ChildServe to speak to my group or company?
ChildServe has many nonprofit professionals who represent our organization at civic, professional, and educational programs. Speakers from ChildServe are a terrific way to connect employees and friends with the work of an organization dedicated to partnering with families to help children with special healthcare needs. Speakers can be made available for the following:

Speaking engagements—Speakers will come to your company to share ChildServe experiences, stories, programs and results directly with employees.

Agency tours—Groups of employees may make arrangements to visit ChildServe and receive an in-depth tour of its services and programs.

Agency fairs—A team of ChildServe staff will participate in volunteer or general information fairs at your location.

Please contact ChildServe by calling 515.727.8750 and staff will direct you to the appropriate person.
Does ChildServe accept company matching gifts?
Absolutely! Many companies offer matching gift programs that will double, even triple a donation’s value. Check with your company to find out if it will match your donation to ChildServe. If you have questions about your company’s matching gift program, please contact your human resource department. Once you have determined that your company will match donations made to ChildServe, obtain the appropriate matching gift verification form. Please be sure to complete the entire donor portion of the form and submit it with your donation. If you have already sent your donation, without the matching form, it may be mailed separately to:

ChildServe Foundation Post Office Box 707 5406 Merle Hay Road Johnston, IA 50131

Our staff will complete the information required by the charity on the matching gifts form and return to your company. If you require this information, the ChildServe Foundation Tax Identification Number is 42-1157665.
Can I lead a service project at ChildServe?
Yes – groups are welcome! Participating in a community service project at ChildServe is a great way to give back by sharing your skills and abilities to improve the lives of children with special healthcare needs. We can help match your group and timeframes with ChildServe‘s volunteer areas. Please contact the Foundation Office by calling 515.727.8750 to get started.

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Erica Axiotis

Vice President of Development


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ChildServe improves the health and well-being of 5,200 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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