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Founded in 2002 with a mission to foster increased well-being and stronger relationships, Smart Love Family Services (SL) provides a path to greater fulfillment for people of all ages. As a member of Investing In Communities®, Smart Love Family Services can receive funding as a result of any brokered real estate transaction- home sales, home purchases, or commercial leases. Already, $5,600 has been raised. As more supporters use this platform before engaging an agent, Smart Love Family Services will have more funds to help individuals and families achieve happiness and fulfilment.


Frustrated by conventional approaches, Smart Love’s founders, Martha Heineman and her husband Dr. William J. Pieper, set out to create an approach grounded in their own insights and observations as practitioners and parents. Their first academic paper, Intrapsychic Humanism: An Introduction to a Comprehensive Psychology and Philosophy of Mind, led to writing a best-selling parenting book, Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child, numerous articles for Chicago Parent, and the award-winning childrens’ book Mommy, Daddy, I Had a Bad Dream! Smart Love Family Services was founded to put research into practice and meet the overwhelming demand from the people who were hungry for stronger families. 

Smart Love Services include:

  • Counseling and Therapy – a full spectrum of counseling services for individuals, couples, parents, young children and adolescents, as well as a treatment for autism spectrum disorder and neurological testing;
  • Early Childhood Education Programs focusing on babies to kindergarteners; 
  • Learning Services for individuals that have learning challenges; and
  • Parenting Services – support is offered for parents through videos, seminars, publications, and hand-outs. 

Counseling services

There are many counseling services available, ranging from child and adolescent therapy to parent and family therapy, as well as a program designed specifically to help children on the autism spectrum to be happier and have better relationships. 

Smart Love Preschool

Grounded in a play-based curriculum, SL’s preschool readies children up to six years old for transition into elementary school. The core philosophy focuses on social-emotional learning in five critical areas that are strong predictors of happiness and success: confidence, curiosity, love of learning, resiliency, and focus. 

Learning Services 

These SL programs help children to feel happier and more successful while reaching their fullest potential. Tutoring, support groups, and testing are some of the tools used in the Learning Services. 

In addition to providing services for children, Smart Love also offers professional development programs. These programs offer assistance to clinicians, teachers, and other professionals to maximize positive impact in their interactions with children and families. 

Help Families with Your Next Real Estate Transaction

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about helping families improve their well-being through positive relationships can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for Smart Love Family Services. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. Support the mission of Smart Love Family Services by using IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent you already have in mind. Or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Education, Health and Wellness

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

Total IIC Funding:

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, Smart Love Family Services is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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