Brehm School Foundation

The Gift of Education and Independence

Annual Giving

When we take moments away from the stresses of our busy lives, we become aware that understanding, compassion, and kindness are the essence of a joyful life.

Ways to Donate

Your tax-deductible gift will allow full potential to bloom. Learn more about making a contribution that helps advance young lives.

Scholarship/ Financial Aid Program

Financial aid benefits families by offsetting tuition for and assisting families who otherwise could not send a child to Brehm School and OPTIONS.

Your gift will transform lives!

Children and adults with complex learning disabilities usually have a normal range of intelligence, but these learning disabilities (LD) create roadblocks that hinder academic, social and emotional growth. Tragically, without a specialized education, LD children often are not able to successfully connect with society, find employment, or live independent lives.

Since 1982, the professionals at Brehm School and OPTIONS Transitions to Independence have been successful at elevating these individuals above those roadblocks by discovering how each student learns best. Brehm and OPTIONS offer a unique holistic education that empowers students to become independent lifelong learners.

SUPPORT THE FOUNDATION FOR BREHM AND OPTIONS. The Brehm School Foundation was incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1983 by Carol Brehm, the founder of Brehm School.

The Foundation stimulates voluntary private support from alumni, parents, friends, corporations, foundations and others to benefit Brehm School, OPTIONS Transitions to Independence, and future development of the Brehm mission.

The Foundation oversees the investment of the endowment for the School and also manages the Annual Giving Campaign, major gift program, planned giving, and other advancement vehicles on behalf of Brehm Preparatory School, Inc.

This model of advancement strengthens our financial sustainability, expands our volunteer leadership, and secures our ethical stewardship of charitable giving to support future Brehm and OPTIONS students.

The Foundation seeks partnerships with individuals, small businesses, corporations, and foundations to fulfill their philanthropic goals. The Foundation upholds the rights of the donor and the ethical stewardship of philanthropy, ensuring that all gifts are used for their intended purposes.

We desire to see the Brehm mission and vision advance by ensuring the future of Brehm School and OPTIONS, as well as by increasing opportunities to support the families we serve. Your partnership with the Brehm School Foundation will make this possible. Your gift can be in the form of cash, checks, credit cards, shares of stock, inclusion in wills, services, or products.


1.  Credit Card By Phone by calling us at 618-457-0371
2.  Check By US Mail to Brehm School Foundation, 950 S. Brehm Lane, Carbondale, IL 62901.
3.  Give Stocks, Other Securities, Estate or Life Insurance Gifts By Phone Or Email.
Please Contact the Foundation Office at 618-457-0371 or for guidance on any donation.  Call today to find out how your gift can make an impact on students with learning disabilities and differences.  Thank you for supporting Brehm School and OPTIONS via the Brehm School Foundation, a 501(c)3 public charity.

The Brehm School Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, ensures the continuing advancement and mission of Brehm and OPTIONS (junior high, senior high and post-high school programs for students with learning disabilities).


2017 - 2018 Annual Giving Tracker

Annual Giving Together We Advance Young Lives

When we look deeper we understand that everything we “have” is a gift that has come from outside of us. At Brehm and OPTIONS (leading innovators among schools for Learning Disabilities), every one of our committed staff (from Teachers or Independent Living Counselors to Speech Therapists) work together daily to advance the young lives of students with Learning Disabilities. We understand that without your gifts, we would not be able to do all that we do for so many of our students with real challenges. As we have each year since Carol Brehm started everything in motion more than 30 years ago, we simply look to do more for more students in need.  We ask that you join us as we move forward with an exciting future that has already begun.