Deborah Frank Memorial Grant

Est. December 16, 2020 to honor the life and spirit of Deborah Frank.

Application Update

Due to COVID-19, as of March 30, 2020, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) has recommended avoiding new infertility treatments unless it is an emergency and delaying embryo transfers when possible. Out of respect for these guidelines, we will be delaying the April 2020 Family Building Grant. Please check back on June 15, 2020 for an update.

Deborah Frank

About Debbie

Debbie just loved babies.

Sure she was a powerhouse in the real estate world, but professional success often means delaying building a family; something Deb shared with a lot of her friends and peers.

So professional conversations routinely changed from leasing rates back to babies.

Debbie always had an encouraging, open ear for fertility problems, even while struggling with her own.

In fact, so much of Deb focused on babies, from engaging new Moms on the street, to sharing #fatbabies on Instagram, she became a support network for many who knew her.

Celebrating babies was such a big part of Deb’s short, but impactful life, that we are proud to have created this grant in her memory that will help make babies!!!...

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About this Grant

This grant helps couples who require surrogacy to have a child.

There are multiple reasons why couples turn to surrogacy including a non-functional uterus, cancer or other conditions that require removal of the uterus, medical problems that make pregnancy life-threatening, or multiple failed attempts at in-vitro fertilization with one’s own uterus. LGBTQ persons also utilize surrogates to build families.

For many, the financial barriers to surrogacy are too great, with costs being upwards of $100,000, including medical fees to create a healthy embryo through in-vitro fertilization, agency fees to find the surrogate, psychological assessments, legal fees, insurance fees, escrow fees and stipend to the surrogate herself.

The Deborah Frank Memorial Grant gives one couple a greater chance of having a child through surrogacy by covering all necessary surrogacy-related services, compared to other grants that offer up to $10,000 only for certain infertility treatments.

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Note: This grant will not exceed $100,000 and must be utilized within twelve months of being awarded. All grants will be made directly to the service provider, not the patient, for future costs/services, (previous procedures and expenses are not eligible for grants). Recipients agree to participate in promotional activities related to this grant administered by the Coalition for Family Building.



Each year, one couple will be selected by the Coalition for Family Building to be the recipient of the Deborah Frank Memorial Grant.

Applications Open:

April 2022

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Have a medical need to use a gestational carrier and a financial barrier to use.
  • Reside in Illinois.
  • Have an annual household income of less than $250,000
  • If you are applying for this grant and using your own eggs, you must
    • Be 41 years or younger by January 1, 2023
    • Have a BMI of <40
    • Have an FSH level <15
    • Have an AMH level >0.5
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria will not have their grants reviewed.