FAQs about the Associate Board - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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FAQs about the Associate Board

How do I join the Associate Board?

The Associate Board welcomes those interested in joining the board to attend one of its business meetings or many events to learn more about the group.

To request a membership application or additional information, please contact Kate Doty at 312-238-8045 or kdoty@RIC.org.

How often does the Associate Board meet?

Full Associate Board meetings are held at RIC each spring and fall. There are also  monthly event committee meetings and various social gatherings throughout the year, including summer and winter holiday celebrations and the Board's fundraising events ArtFutura and Bearcat Ball.

Where is the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago located?

RIC Flagship Hospital
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
345 E. Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-354-REHAB (7342)

Validated parking is available at the Self Parking lot at 321 E. Erie for Associate Board members and volunteers.

Community Facilities:

RIC has established a system of rehabilitation care with locations throughout the metropolitan Chicago area and the Midwest.

Do I have to live in the Chicago land area to be a member?


Although meetings and events take place in Chicago, there are opportunities for participation even at a distance. Some Associate Board members are on the east coast and even abroad. They remain active and connected with the board through serving on event planning committees, raising awareness in their local areas and making gift contributions.

What are the benefits of joining the Associate Board?

Making a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by supporting the "#1 rehabilitation hospital in America"* continues to be the benefit members appreciate most.

In addition, the board provides an opportunity to network with emerging civic and business leaders, forming new lasting relationships. Members also have an opportunity to showcase talents and interests in planning fundraising events and organizing volunteer activities.

* Since 1991 U.S.News & World Report has reported that RIC is the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America."

How do I purchase tickets for Associate Board annual fundraising events?

Call 312-238-6025 for ticket information for Art in Motion and Bearcat Ball.

Where are philanthropic contributions to the Associate Board distributed?

The Associate Board directs its contributions to a few primary entities within RIC's Pediatric and Adolescent Program, Pediatric Charity Care and art therapy programs through the Therapeutic Recreation Program. Make a donation here.

How do I volunteer as a member of the Associate Board?

You can also learn more about volunteering with RIC by calling 312-238-6026 or e-mailing volunteer@ric.org.

Are there other board involvement opportunities at the RIC?


The Women's Board was founded in 1960. Since that time, it has provided major funding for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Charity Care Fund, and has made significant annual contributions to many special programs including:

For more information about the Women's Board, please call: 312-238-6023.

Whom do I contact for more information on the Associate Board and its events?

For more information about the Associate Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, please contact:

Kris Cichowski

What are the expectations of Associate Board members?

Associate Board members are asked to attend the spring and fall business meetings, volunteer at RIC and Associate Board events, serve on Associate Board committees and make an annual dues contribution in the amount of $250. The annual dues contribution includes one ticket to Associate Board hosted fundraising events and admission to the summer and holiday socials.