Mr. Don Burton created the foundation in 1992 for the purpose of helping the needy. Most of the money raised by the foundation comes from affordable housing developments. Mr. Burton attended Western Illinois University, Western Michigan University, University of Washington, the University of Chicago and Oxford University in England. Degree specialization was in the areas of economics, law, management, human relations and administration. He taught six years at the secondary level, and twenty eight years at Sauk Valley College in Dixon, IL. His business interests included a collection agency, temporary employment agency, home health care agency, registered representative for the investment firm of Waddell and Reed, financial management services, pest control business, retail and office plazas, and financial investor/consultant.