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Celebrating 30 Years

Together, we have been so successful in impacting the lives of nearly 500,000 children and adults these last 30 years. But our work is not done.

When it comes to charitable donations, most people want to ensure that the funds they donate support real work that helps their community. When you donate to the CGH Health Foundation, you'll know that your money is going to a place you can trust. You'll see the results in your neighbors, city and county. Your support is crucial to carrying out life-changing health initiatives. Know that your support will send a message of hope and healing to someone who could use an extra hug.

Our history

A single gift from a Sterling man has now impacted over 350,000 children and adults living in the Sauk Valley area.

Emil T. Ryberg, for which the CGH Medical Center Ryberg Auditorium is named, left his estate to the hospital in the mid-1980s. His $400,000 bequest was a major factor in the creation of the CGH Health Foundation. His generosity has allowed the hospital to take its caring tradition outside hospital walls and into the communities we serve.

Quite literally, Rybergwas a neighbor to CGH, living a few blocks south of the hospital at 1008 First Ave. Perhaps his close proximity to the hospital caused him to think of CGH as he considered his legacy. As far back as the 1950s, there was no record of him being a patient.

Ryberg was 92 when he passed away. His gift formed the now $5.5 million endowment fund. Bequests, memorials, gifts of stock and annual gifts provided since then all help fund Foundation initiatives and grow our investments.

View Ann Henderson, wife of the late Joe Henderson, share her story and the powerful stories of other CGH Health Foundation donors.

Powerful programs for our Sauk Valley community

Our mission at the CGH Health Foundation is to help the residents of the Sauk Valley to live healthier lives. Your donations support the programs we offer our community. Give today and you can:

  • Help women in the Sauk Valley who can't afford a mammogram.
  • Give low-income school children access to needed dental care and glasses.
  • Bring comfort to hospital patients through interactions with dogs.
  • Fund scholarships for aspiring healthcare professionals.
  • Help your family, friends and co-workers learn about living a healthy life.

Change lives, save lives

Donate now through our safe and secure online portal, or call 815.625.0400, ext. 5672.

If you can't make a charitable donation right now, consider volunteering with CGH Medical Center. We rely on our volunteers to help support our patients and the people who love them. Learn about opportunities available and sign up.

Find out more

We're here to answer questions about the Foundation, our programs and the donation process. Contact: