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Join the Sustainers Circle


Sustainers Circle members are Faith in Place’s most generous donors. They are vital partners, a community of givers who care deeply about our environment and the communities most impacted by polluted air, land, and water, and the climate crisis. Together, we advance Faith in Place’s mission-driven work at the intersection of faith, sustainability, and justice. 


The Faith in Place donor event at the Bahá'í House of Worship for North America.

The Sustainers Circle is open to all Faith in Place donors who give $1,000 or more over a calendar year. Donors are then Sustainers Circle members through the entire next year. Members have special access to unique, intimate programming and exclusive networking opportunities, both online and in person, throughout the year. Recent program examples include: 


  • Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Senior Pastor at Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ, discussing his book Dancing in the Darkness: Spiritual Lessons for Thriving in Turbulent Times 


  • Steve Sarowitz, a member of the Bahá'í Faith who is also Founder and Chairman of Paylocity, leading us on a visit of the Bahá'í House of Worship for North America 


  • Rabbi Michael Zedek and scientist Dr. Jalees Rehman in an engrossing, wide-ranging presentation about miracles, the divine, and humor  

Sustainers Circle donors who contribute $5,000 or more during a calendar year are afforded an additional opportunity to select an item of their choice from Faith in Place’s online store. Those who donate $10,000 or more are also offered a personalized, behind-the-scenes tour of a local environmental project in Illinois, Indiana, or Wisconsin.  


Gifts counting toward Sustainers Circle membership can be made as unrestricted; or donated for specific purposes, such as to support Faith in Place’s annual Green Team Summit or for our Eco-Ambassador Youth Empowerment Program in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. 


For more information about the Sustainers Circle, please contact Rev. Brian Sauder at (217) 649-1898 or email  

To give by check, please mail your check made out to:
Faith in Place, 5416 S. Cornell Ave. 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60615
Questions about your gift? Email Greg Tisher

Faith in Place is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #36-4540756) and donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.
Giving Form - Sustaiers Circle
Foundes Circle



The Sustainers Circle builds on the legacy of the Founders Circle. Formed in 2013 to honor Faith in Place founder and Executive Director of 13 years, Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield, the Founders Circle, over its ten years helped build a strong financial foundation for expanding our programs, geographic reach, and environmental justice impact. We are immensely grateful for the generosity of Founders Circle donors:

Founders Circle

Alan and Karen Greenland  

Alison and John Blaser  

Amanda HanleyClimate Justice Fund 

Andy and Rich Amend  


Barbara W. Boockmeier  

Corey Coscioni  

David Johnson  

Dr. Gabrielle and Rev. Brian J. Sauder  

Dr. Susan A. and Claude Cole  

Drs. Ashlynn and Andrew Stillwell  

Elena Canler  

Jalees, Nabeela and the Rehman Family  

James A. Vroman  

Jan and Dale Ritzel  

Jane and Eric Freyfogle  

Jo Ann and Steven Potashnick  

Julie and Dr. Orrin David Sherwood  

June and Ashton Waller  

Karen and Alan Greenland  

Karen and Bob Lewis  

Karen S. McKenzie  

 Kathryn and Steve Gossard  

Kim Weaver  

Kristina M. Entner and Edward Malone  

Laurie Fields and Wade Halva  

Linda G. Sonner  

Lou J. Shepherd  

Lynn Donaldson and Cameron Avery  

Marian Huhman and David Buchner  

Marilyn Antonik  

Megan J. and Sam Cox  

Rabbi Michael and Karen Zedek  

Rand Sparling  

rev. abby mohaupt  

Rev. Cindy Shepherd and Timothy Hartin  

Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Wilson  

Rev. Dr. Clare Butterfield  

Ronald E. Meissen, Ph.D.  

Sara Reschly and Mark Frey  

Steve Huels  

Sunflower Fund  

The Rehman Household  

William W. Capel and Ernest J Martin, III 

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