Support Us

We empower our community through access to creative youth development and social services that help individuals build the skills they need to break the cycle of poverty and lead fulfilling lives.

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
Align your business with your civic values and make a difference as an event sponsor. Chicago Lights has a variety of events and sponsorship levels of every size that offer opportunities to get involved, make a difference, and demonstrate the way your business invests in the community.
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Questions about corporate involvement? Contact Executive Director Stacy Jackson at / 312.981.3562.

Other Ways to Give

United Way

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 Wish List
Donating items directly from our Amazon wish lists 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 wish lists, please forward your receipt to Executive Director Stacy Jackson at / 312.981.3562 so we can send you an acknowledgment letter.
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. Please contact Resource Development at

Stock Transfer

Give with ease through a stock transfer. For stock transfers, contact Donor Services Coordinator Ron Porras at / 312.252.3598.

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. Contact Donor Services Coordinator Ron Porras at / 312.252.3598 to learn more. Chicago Lights Tax ID/EIN – 36-3786331

Planned Giving

Giving for the Future
Making a planned gift is not just for those who have wealth or special financial expertise. It is for anyone with a generous spirit who wants to designate their gifts while they are living. Your legacy gift ensures that Chicago Lights will build brighter futures for many years to come.

Thoughtfully planned, any of the following giving options may provide important personal benefits while supporting Chicago Lights into the future.

  • Bequest through your will or trust
  • Retirement assets (i.e., pension plans, IRAs)
  • Life income gift through a trust
  • Privately held securities
  • Charitable gift annuities
  • Real estate
  • Donor Advised Fund
  • Naming Chicago Lights as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy
Planned gifts may also provide financial benefits to the donor, including tax savings, reduced capital gains and estate taxes, and release from financial management. Please contact Director of Development Katy Frey Bever at / 312.981.3380.