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We do this by empowering people through access to creative youth development and social services that help individual build the skills they need to break the cycle of poverty and lead fulfilling lives.
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Your dollars go far to help build brighter futures.

When you donate to Chicago Lights, your gift goes directly toward programs that create opportunities for youth and adults to break the cycle of poverty. Make a gift today to change lives.

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Every dollar you give goes directly toward empowering youth in need.
Corporate Involvement

Create a meaningful team-building environment, deepen your impact with Chicago Lights, and give back to the local community by participating in a corporate volunteer experience.

Workplace Giving

Host a charitable event through our workplace! Chicago Lights is thankful to receive funds raised through jean days, golf tournaments, and other various charitable workplace events.

Volunteer Grants

Employee volunteer grants are part of workplace giving programs created to support volunteerism in communities where employees live and work. Through these “dollars for doers” efforts, companies provide monetary grants to organizations where employees and retirees volunteer on a regular basis.

In-Kind Contributions

Your company’s donation of goods and services has the power to make a lasting impact with the programs of Chicago Lights. No matter the contribution, your expertise and gifts help sustain and grow our impact in the Chicago area.

Event Sponsorship

Increase your corporate visibility while building brighter futures through Chicago Lights. Sponsor one of our signature annual events.

Questions about corporate involvement? 

Contact Associate Director of Development Laura Woods at / 312.981.3564.

United Way
Other Ways to Give

Give back to Chicago Lights through your company’s United Way campaign. You can designate your pledge to Chicago Lights through United Way’s Donor Choice Program. Simply follow the instructions on your pledge form or write in Chicago Lights’ contact information: Chicago Lights, 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago, IL 60611.

Amazon Wishlist

Donating items directly from our Amazon wishlists is a great way to give back while knowing that these items are in high-demand and greatly needed for our youth and adults. Items are tax-free and shipped directly to Chicago Lights.


Due to privacy restrictions, Amazon does not provide customer information. If you purchase items from our Amazon wishlists, please forward your receipt to Associate Director of Development Laura Woods 
at / 312.981.3564 so we can send you a thank you.

Tribute Gift

Create a lasting, positive legacy by giving a tribute gift dedicated to someone or marking a special occasion. Chicago Lights acknowledges these gifts by sending an appropriate note to the family 
or honoree. The amount of your gift will not be mentioned, and a separate receipt will be sent 
to you. During the holiday season, your tribute gifts become part of the Light Up a Life giving program. Contact Associate Director of Development Laura Woods at / 312.981.3564 to learn more.

Stock Transfer

Give with ease through a stock transfer. 
For stock transfers, contact Director of Development 

Katy Frey Bever at / 312.981.3380

Matching Gift Opportunities

Matching gifts are a great way to double or triple your gift—making an even greater impact. Many companies match employees’, retirees’, and employees’ spouses’ donations. You may submit the form with your gift or any time during the tax year in which your gift was given.

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In-Kind Donations

In-kind donations allow us to offer quality resources and a welcoming space for our students and adult guests. Have a new 
or gently used item you’d like to donate? 
See our current-needs list below.

Drop off donations with our receptionist 
in the Gratz Center at 126 E. Chestnut St., Chicago (Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 7:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; 
Sunday 7:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.).

- Adult clothing (especially men’s, larger sizes)

- Toiletries (unused/unopened)

- Canned/dry goods

- Books and magazines

- Small household items (can be transported on train/bus)

- Pens, pencils, and general school supplies

First-aid supplies

- Books (new releases, African American character books)

- Literacy/math hands-on learning tools

- Board games (new or gently used)

- Farm supplies: hoses, shovels, wheelbarrows, rakes, gloves, watering cans, rain barrels, etc.


Due to storage and safety issues, we cannot accept children’s clothing and toys; stained or torn clothing; open, expired, or prepared food; electronics; furniture; and medicine.

I have a very busy job and hardly any time at all to roll up my sleeves and [volunteer]. But I do have the capacity to support [Chicago Lights] financially. I believe Chicago Lights’ core mission of providing hope and opportunity to those experiencing poverty is vital to maintaining and improving our community and our city, and I believe Chicago Lights’ way of achieving its mission—focusing on individuals to effect change one life at a time—is the only way to have a long-term impact.

Andy McGaan, president of the Kirkland & Ellis Foundation

Corporate Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Foundation & Institutional Donors

Greer Foundation


Caerus Foundation, Inc.
Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund
The Dancing Skies Foundation
The Driskill Foundation


KLA Samaritan Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation

Gala of Hope Corporate Sponsors
Official Airline Sponsor

Delta Air Lines

Sapphire $25,000

Jenner & Block, LLP

Diamond $5,000

BMO Harris Bank
DiMeo Schneider & Associates, L.L.C.
IMC Partners
Revel Decor

A Toast to Tutoring Corporate Sponsors

Bulley & Andrews
The Elms Hotel & Spa
Joseph Feldman Associates


DiMeo Schneider and Associates, L.L.C.

Jeanne H. Olofson Foundation

Michael Corso Selections

Round Barn Winery

Studio Paris


Arlen Music Productions