The Esther Finkle Fund for Kids was founded in 2000 in honor and memory of a woman who touched and was touched by the hearts of the children she worked with, believed in, and journeyed with by making their small dreams her mission. Esther was always seeking to raise funds for kids through hot dog sales, or selling tickets on a patchwork quilt, or other creative means. She believed that these kids, who experienced so many challenges and whose families were financially limited, should have the opportunity to find joy in small luxuries that many children take for granted ie. a pair of Nike basketball sneakers, a tuxedo for the prom, etc. So too the Esther Finkle Walk for Kids Fund strives to generate joy and smiles in children by helping them realize a wish, a longing, or a dream. Children have taught us that the realization of their smaller dreams are stepping stones in pursuit of their larger ones.
People say they appreciate applying to the fund because it is simple and straight forward to use - the fund doesn't require a lot of information like proof of income nor identifying information about the child. The Esther Finkle Fund for Kids has 3 main criteria for applications: the applicant must be an advocate or service provider (vs. a parent), the child must be under 18 years, and the request must represent a dream or longing versus a basic need. This fund is meant for children whose families are in financial need such that they do not have the means to fulfill the small dream.
Esther Finkle "A hundred years from now it will not matter what your bank account was, the sort of house you lived in, or the kind of car you drove, but the world will be a better place because you were important in the life of a child."