Throughout her journey, Jillian Lauren Gorman was the embodiment of strength and encouragement to others, and recognized the importance of a parent’s presence and support during difficult times. At The Jillian Fund, we believe that children facing life threatening illnesses should never face them alone. Each day, thousands of critically ill children face long hospital stays without a parent by their side because the parent is financially unable to leave work. The Jillian Fund is dedicated to uniting families in need during their most critical times and providing academic financial support to young women who demonstrate Jillian’s legacy of living by example and conquering fear with faith. The Jillian Fund is a 501(c)(3) Organization
Many families struggle to make ends meet, and every day some of those same families receive the devastating news that their child has a life-threatening illness. The emotional and financial challenges can be difficult to handle alone, especially when a parent needs to stop working in order to care for a critically ill son or daughter. Our objective is simple: provide financial support during a time of crisis to allow family members to better focus on supporting their sick child. Our network of social workers and our dedicated review committee evaluate and verify each request for financial need, and payments are made directly to service providers such as mortgage companies, utilities, etc.
In June 2012 Jillian graduated from the Mary Help of Christian Academy (MHCA), a Catholic preparatory school located in Haledon, NJ. Jillian's time at MHCA had a profound impact on her, both academically and spiritually. To honor Jillian's memory, The Jillian Fund will award scholarships annually to students who demonstrate the following:
- ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
- SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
- COMMUNITY SERVICE
On April 3, 2014 the Founding Donors gathered at Restaurant L in Allendale, NJ to learn more about The Jillian Fund and offer their support. The evening was hosted by Bill McLaughlin, Jr, board member of The Jillian Fund. In attendance were 25 of our Founding Donors, as well as the Jillian Fund Board of Directors. The evening began with a cocktail reception, followed by a one hour presentation of the inspiration behind the formation of The Jillian Fund, our mission, activities, accomplishments, and future objectives and concluded with an exceptional dinner. Featured were presentations by The Jillian Fund Founder George Gorman and Dr. Albert Gillio of Hackensack University Medical Center.
This page is a tribute to those dedicated Founding Donors, who are genuine philanthropists, as well as true leaders in their respective businesses and communities. We at The Jillian Fund have learned that the most challenging time for a non-profit organization is getting started when you have a vision, a plan, an enthusiastic team but little else. This group thoroughly listened to our mission statement, guiding principles, business plan and initial activities. They generously decided this was an investment they wanted to make. As a result, we received financial and professional support, which allowed our vision to become a reality. We were successful in minimizing our initial expenses as our donors provided legal services, accounting services and other professional services, which were critical during our start up. In addition, the Founding Donors collectively donated over $25,000 to our general support funds to help launch The Jillian Fund's charitable activities. To date, these donations have afforded funding to six families, with children who are facing life threatening illnesses, to ease their burdens and allow them to continue to focus their attention on their loved ones.
There is an energy within each of us that makes miracles happen, when the paths of other people touch our lives.
Promoting this worthy charity and donating generously to The Jillian Gorman Fund is your opportunity to lend that hand, share your gifts and be a channel for miracles in your life and in the lives of all those who you have touched by your kindness. You are contributing to the beautiful and devotional Legacy of Jillian Gorman and to all of those who are in need. Please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.