Matching Gift Challenges

Thank you for multiplying your impact on The Cradle Giving Tuesday.

All matching gift challenges have been completed and donations are matched.

Full Day Challenges

Coast-to-Coast Cradle Challenge

The Cradle is humbled to connect a cross-country community of alumni, families, and supporters whose lives have been touched by adoption. 

Represent your region during our Coast-to-Coast Challenge on The Cradle! Make an online gift and watch as our map changes colors as our friends from different states donate. Can you help us light up all 50 states?

The Cradle Centennial Challenge - Completed!

The Cradle has been supporting all those touched by adoption since 1923. To celebrate The Cradle’s upcoming 100th anniversary, Cradle parents Kathy and Jerry Biederman matched each $100 donation to The Cradle made on Giving Tuesday, up to $7,500! In addition to being a parent, Jerry Biederman is a member of The Cradle Board of Directors. Cradle donors helped us reach the maximum match amount by 3 p.m.

Nursery Alumni Matching Gift Challenge  - Completed!

In honor of fellow Cradle Nursery alumni and adopted people, Joel and Jessie Solomon will match every gift made by a Cradle adopted person, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! Just indicate that you are an adopted person in our donation form to double your gift's impact. Joel Solomon is a Cradle board member and Nursery alumnus, class of '52, and Jessie Solomon has dedicated her time to The Cradle as a cuddler and gala committee member.

Timed Challenges

All matching challenges were completed with the maximum total for gifts matched. All times are in Central Time. Only gifts made online on November 29 were be qualified for The Cradle Giving Tuesday Matching Challenges.

8 AM - 9 AM

T. Christopher Boardman Memorial “Early Bird” Challenge - Completed!

This breakfast hour match honors the memory of T. Christopher Boardman. Chris loved breakfast and the opening bell, so we are kicking off Giving Tuesday in memory of this early riser, Cradle parent and friend, with each gift made between 8 – 9 a.m. CT matched dollar for dollar by Aristotle Foundation (Telly Savalas Family Memorial Fund), up to $1,000. 

11 AM - 1 PM

“Lunch Break” Challenge - Completed!

Take time on your lunchbreak to make a gift that creates ripples of positive impact. In honor of adoptees across the country, Kate Donaldson and Ryan Whitacre will match each donation to The Cradle during lunchtime, up to $5,000.  Ryan Whitacre is a Cradle Board member and adopted person.

2 PM - 4 PM

"Rock the Cradle" Naptime in the Nursery Challenge - Completed!

Parents Jeanne and Bill Enright matched each donation between 2 – 4 p.m. CT, to support our 24/7 Nursery while our little ones have a mid-Giving Tuesday snooze. In addition to being a Cradle parent, Jeanne Enright is a member of The Cradle Board of Directors. 

4 PM - 5 PM

“A Cup for The Cradle” Tea-time Challenge  - Completed!

Parents Jane and Neil Cummins celebrate teatime and honor other families touched by adoption by matching any donation made to The Cradle from 4-5 p.m. CT, up to $1,000.  In addition to being touched by adoption, Jane Cummins is a member of The Cradle Board of Directors and served as chair of the Rock the Cradle gala committee.

5 PM - 6 PM

"Happy Hour" Tip Jar Challenge  - Completed!

Pour yourself a festive drink (or grab a juice box!) and donate the "tip" to The Cradle. From 5 - 6 p.m., J'ai and Frank Brown will match each donation to The Cradle, up to $1,000. J'ai Brown is an adopted person and a member of The Cradle Board of Directors.