Official Site of the Hearing Improvement Kids Endowment Fund, Inc.

We have discontinued accepting applications as of May 10, 2021 due to limited funding. We will evaluate funding and hope to reopen applications again soon. 

Every child deserves the chance to hear and we are here to help! It is our joy to provide hearing devices for children with hearing losses between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. Our application provides additional information and details. We look forward to serving you.

Thank you for your support in fundraising for these worthy children!

Because of generous donations totaling almost $6 MILLION dollars since 1985, we have given over 2,500 children a grant to support their needs for hearing. The HIKE Fund, Inc. was created by Emma Tedrick and Charles Terrill as the philanthropic project of Job’s Daughters International, a girls leadership organization, to give the members a specific and unique charity to which they were able to devote their energies.

Appy to run with The HIKE Fund! We have been granted 10 charity bibs to run the famous Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, MN on June 18, 2022. We are recruiting for five runners for the marathon (26.2 miles) and five runners for the half marathon (13.1 miles). Fundraising is required for the charity bibs: $3,000 minimum for the marathon, and $1,500 for the half marathon. Each runner will have support with fundraising and guidance for achieving their goals. We are looking to host the team together in MN over the weekend of the races and each runner will be provided with a HIKE Fund running tank, hat, and other essentials. If you are interested in being a member of the HIKE Fund Marathon/Half Marathon Team, complete this survey by November 30th: 
https://forms.gle/nX64BJr3gaAnA6nF7.

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IT’s #GIVINGTUESDAY2021

Will you unleash your generosity today for The HIKE Fund? Any amount gets us closer to helping children with the gift of hearing! There are six ways you can support us today and over the next week.

  1. Order a HIKE Shirt!
  2. Make a donation online via PayPal.
  3. Support a current Facebook Fundraiser: JenniferChrisMelanieIanNevaAmy, and John.
  4. Host a Facebook or Instagram Fundraiser.
  5. Join The HIKE Fund Running Team and run with us at the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon and GB Half Marathon.
  6. Buy some yummy cookies from Laura Jo’s Cookies for Kids (make sure to select The HIKE Fund for your order).

#GIVINGTUESDAY2021

The annual day that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday – Giving Tuesday! It’s fascinating that it bookends the flurry of consumerism and seemingly endless deals and discounts. This year’s theme for Giving Tuesday is Unleash Generosity.

As a HIKE Fund supporter and champion, you know we had to discontinue processing grant applications in May 2021 due to decreased funds available to give. We are a lean nonprofit organization where only 2% of our income goes to overhead expenses like insurance, accounting, and legal costs to stay compliant as an organization. Everything else goes to eligible children and their families who are waiting to improve their hearing through aids and other assistive devices.

It is a life-giving and life-changing work, and we do not take for granted the amazing donations and generosity of so many people each year, especially the members of Job’s Daughters International. In a typical year, we give 70 grants ranging from $1,000-$5,000. We deeply want to re-open applications again in 2022. We are working hard to maximize our donations with matching gifts and unique ways to fundraise.

Will you unleash your generosity for Giving Tuesday 2021 to The HIKE Fund? Any amount gets us closer to helping children with the gift of hearing! There are six ways you can support us over the next week:

  1. Order a HIKE Shirt!
  2. Make a donation online via PayPal.
  3. Support a current Facebook Fundraiser: Jennifer, Chris, Melanie, Ian, Neva, Amy, and John.
  4. Host a Facebook or Instagram Fundraiser.
  5. Join The HIKE Fund Running Team and run with us at the 2022 Grandma’s Marathon and GB Half Marathon.
  6. Buy some yummy cookies from Laura Jo’s Cookies for Kids (make sure to select The HIKE Fund for your order).
“…that every child with joy may hear…” – Blake

RUn with the hike fund

We have been granted 10 charity bibs to run the famous Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, MN on June 18, 2022.

We are recruiting four runners for the marathon (26.2 miles) and five runners for the half marathon (13.1 miles).

Fundraising is required for the charity bibs: $3,000 minimum for the marathon, and $1,500 for the half marathon. Each runner will have support with fundraising and guidance for achieving their goals.

We are looking to host the team together in MN over the weekend of the races and each runner will be provided with a HIKE Fund running tank, hat, and other essentials.

If you are interested in being a member of the HIKE Fund Marathon/Half Marathon Team, complete this survey by November 30th: https://forms.gle/nX64BJr3gaAnA6nF7.

If you have any questions, please email Leslie @ thehikefund1985@gmail.com.

Happy fall from the hike fund!

We are so excited for the fall weather to sweep across the country. Grab those HIKE Fund hoodies and sweatshirts and promote the great work we do because of you! Our applications still remain closed at this time, but we are very excited and hopeful that fundraising this fall will get us back to re-opening. You are always welcome to send in a donation or make one online: https://thehikefund.org/donate/.


Be DRIVEN! Our September fundraiser through Driven Coffee Roasters comes to an end on Thursday, September 30th. It’s not too late to get some warm, yummy coffee, tea, or cocoa. Makes for a perfect gift for the upcoming holidays – help us get back to funding applications! Click here to support the fundraiser: https://www.drivencoffeefundraising.com/ref/the-hike-fund-inc/


Online Auction! Starting on Friday, October 1st, we will kick off an online auction of 12 generously donated items. Auction will close on Saturday, October 16th. Check out the items and sign-up to bid online today: https://app.bidbeacon.com/activity/#YSCUWM. If you have items you’d like to donate to a future auction, please let us know.


RUN for HIKE! We have been granted 10 charity bibs to run the famous Grandma’s Marathon and Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in Duluth, MN on June 18, 2022. We are recruiting for five runners for the marathon (26.2 miles) and five runners for the half marathon (13.1 miles). Fundraising is required for the charity bibs: $3,000 minimum for the marathon, and $1,500 for the half marathon. Each runner will have support with fundraising and guidance for achieving their goals. We are looking to host the team together in MN over the weekend of the races and each runner will be provided with a HIKE Fund running tank, hat, and other essentials. If you are interested in being a member of the HIKE Fund Marathon/Half Marathon Team, complete this survey by November 30th: https://forms.gle/nX64BJr3gaAnA6nF7.

The HIKE Fund is DRIVEN

Welcome, September! The month of cooler temps and a nice cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa. The HIKE Fund has partnered with Driven Coffee Roasters for a month-long fundraiser. From each purchase, we will receive 30%.

Every bit helps as we work to restore our application funding for deserving children and their families—to fulfill our mission in giving the gift of hearing!

Driven Coffee Roasters offers beverages, snacks, and coffee gear galore! We’d love to have your support this month: https://www.drivencoffeefundraising.com/ref/the-hike-fund-inc/. Online sales open Wednesday, September 1st, and close on Thursday, September 30th!

Applications Outpace Funding

Dear HIKE Fund,

My name is Amber. I am the parent of Aidan. Aidan was a recent recipient of funds for new hearing aids. My husband and I cannot send enough thanks to show our gratitude for this opportunity for Aidan.  After receiving his hearing aids he could not stop singing. He is not our singer or musician in any way, but he loved the sound of his voice. These new hearing aids have made everything so much more clear for Aidan. They are much more discreet which is relieves the pressure of others noticing them and asking questions or poking fun about. I am excited to see how his education will be impacted as he enters high school and can use his new aids in new ways.  Thank you once again from our family.

From Aidan: Thank you for paying for my new hearing aids. I really like that they are less noticeable and more clear. I also like that I am able to use bluetooth technology to help me hear my videos for class or a movie I’m watching. I am an eighth grader going to high school and I’m glad that they are harder for others to see. 

Sincerely,

Amber and Aidan


As of May 10, 2021, The HIKE Fund Board of Directors has discontinued accepting applications due to limited funding. We are working hard to raise money to meet the application requests. We do not have backup funds and we are funding approximately 10 applications per month. This is equivalent to $50,000 per month. COVID-19 has impeded the progress of so many nonprofit organizations like ours. We will continue to evaluate our status to fund applications over the next few months and hope reopen accepting applications by the fall.

7 Ways to Support The HIKE FUND RIGHT NOW

Click on the hyperlinks below and check out these opportunities below. Take part in bringing the gift of hearing to eligible children across the nation!

  1. HIKEing into the Future Charity GoFundMe.
  2. Do a virtual 5K: DANCE WITH THE DRAGONFLY 5K (REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 30TH)
  3. Make a donation via PayPal – make sure to designate the donation to a member of Job’s Daughters!
  4. Mail a donation into the office and include a donation form: HIKE Secretary, 530 Elliott St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0202.
  5. Support The HIKE Fund while you shop on Amazon!
  6. Buy some cookies from Laura Jo’s Cookies for Kids and select The HIKE Fund as your fundraiser.
  7. Host an event – virtual or in-person – to raise funds. Some groups are hosting paint parties or talent shows with a dinner. Anything to bring people together and fundraise together will help.

Thank you for being an amazing and incomparable supporters and friends of The HIKE Fund!!

A Letter from a HIKE Fund Family

Hello and Good morning!

I wanted to give you an update that Amelia received her brand new hearing aids and is absolutely loving them! We had no idea what a difference the newer technology would make- Amelia has said that she can hear so much more now and we have noticed her talking so much more and being so much more clear in her speech. It’s crazy because the change was almost overnight since having her new aids! We were able to get two FM type systems with them, the Roger Partner Mic and Roger Select (both pictured in attached image) and holy cow!! Amelia loves them! We can wear either of them around the house, outside, at the park, in the car and she absolutely loves that she can hear us more. Christine forgot to put on the partner mic the other day when going out to run an errand with Amelia and had to return home because 2 minutes into the car drive Amelia mentioned that she could not hear Mama well and asked why? Christine realized she forgot to put on the partner mic and returned home to grab it. 

There are so many other little moments as well, such as when we played a family game the other night laying on the carpet. Amelia loved being able to put the Roger Select on the floor in the middle of all of us so that she could hear us better. One of the biggest things for her is TV time. We don’t let her have much TV time at her age, but the little she does have, or when we watch a family movie has been amazing and I’m sure life changing in her little world. I was able to connect the Roger Select to the TV ( a cool function it comes with!) and it plays the TV sound directly into Amelia’s hearing aids through the bluetooth capability! I wish you could have seen this little girls face when she experienced some  of her favorite Disney songs (Let It Go, from Frozen) for the first time with her new Hearing Aids. She was literally welling up with tears of joy. As schools are beginning to reopen in our area and we hope to get Amelia in preschool in the very near future I know that these new Hearing Aids are going to serve her so well.

Amelia picked out the colors and ear mold style herself, she wanted them to look like “Elsa hearing aids” (From Frozen). As you can see in the picture I think that Amelia got it spot on and as I have told her, “I think those are exactly what Elsa would wear!”.

I’m attaching some pictures of her getting her new HAs at UCSF and being the silly Amelia she is when they turned on for the first time. Thank you again so much and we hope to be able to pay your kind generosity forward for years to come and look forward to introducing Amelia to Job’s Daughters and other service oriented opportunities as she grows into a young women.

Sincerely,

Neil, Christine and Amelia Altimari