A family foundation based on the principle of helping children in need. Our mission is to provide support to children and their families affected by a disabilitating disease or disorder. Join us in our grassroots efforts to make a difference in our community and to touch the life of a child. 

About The Up Foundation

What began as a late evening conversation between a father and son, led to start of the UP Foundation. A family foundation based on the principle of helping children in need through family services, education, and awareness. 

"It's a Great Day for Up", the Dr. Suess children's classic, was the inspiration behind the Up Foundation. Its message is simple, look up to a better day. "Everyone's getting up" and that's what we want to inspire. Stand up for a better future for our children.

Our Mission

To provide support to children and their families affected by a debilitating disease or disorder. 
Join us in our grassroots efforts to make a difference in our community and to touch the life of a child.

Our Vision

For such a young organization we are proud to have made such a positive impact on children and families in the Chicagoland Community. We have been fortunate to partner with local and national organizations, such as Autism Speaks and the Children's Heart Foundation (CHF), to help us succeed in this effort. 

With your support, the future of our foundation is bright as we broaden the scope of charitable organizations in need. 

We live in a world where the need is great and if we can make a difference, then we intend to do just that.

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"The Children's Heart Foundation (CHF) is looking forward to partnering with The Up Foundation and the Semmelhack Family to make this year's Driving for Dreams golf outing an incredible success. Through the ongoing support of corporate sponsors and donors, The Up Foundation continues to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families. Their support of CHF this year will assist in our ability to fund life saving congenital heart defect research and our continued efforts in Driving for a Cure."

William Foley
Executive Director
Children's Heart Foundation