When you make a contribution to 826CHI, you are directly enhancing the education of thousands of Chicago students by helping us offer them free After-School Tutoring & Writing, in-class support, hands-on learning during our Field Trip program, and creative-writing Workshops during evenings, weekends, and throughout the summer. These services are provided free to students and teachers throughout the city, and your generosity plays a vital part in making it all possible.

There are few things more rewarding than helping a student realize the value of his education or the power of her writing and voice.

Donate Online

Donate securely and instantly via Click & Pledge.

Want to hear a voice?

Call 773-772-8108 between 10am and 6pm. Central time.

Want to keep our mail lady Adrienne busy?

Mail your personal check or money order (made to 826CHI) to

1276 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622 USA

Donate through a Corporate Match

Does your company offer a matching gift program, making your donation go twice as far? If your company has a corporate giving program or foundation, it's likely that they'll match donations to 826CHI made on behalf of their employees, retired employees, and even employee spouses. Does your company donate for the hours you serve as a volunteer? Please email us to let us know!

Donate Yourself

And finally, if you live in Chicago, we're always very appreciative of the donation of your time!

Details, Details

826CHI is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are fully tax deductible. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent within a month of sending your contribution. If you have any questions about donations, please email Kendra Curry-Khanna.

Thank You

Thank you to all who help us provide our programs. Below is a list of some of the corporations and foundations who generously support 826CHI:

Chicago Tribune 

Judy Family Foundation

Northern Trust Charitable Trust

Jordan Industries

826 National

Comer Foundation

Chauncey and Marion D. McCormic Family Foundation

McCormick Foundation

City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

The MacArthur Foundation

McGowan Gin Rosica

Ream Foundation

The Donley Foundation

Margaret Baker Foundation

Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation

Altria Companies Employee Community Fund

where to find us

826 needs all kinds of supplies, technology, and furniture to ensure that our writing center is the best environment it possibly can be. Anything on the following list that you can give will make a true difference in the services we provide each day.

  • 15 Dell 11 Chromebooks, for our students to use during After-School Tutoring & Writing
  • Five 13" 128GB MacBook Airs, in excellent condition (2013 or later), to support our publications and Field Trips
  • Five MacBook wall chargers
  • Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station Router and wall mount
  • A set of these LED lights, for our storefront
  • An Elmo camera, to use during our Field Trips
  • Frequent flyer miles, so our two AmeriCorps VISTAs can attend the 826 network's annual Staff Development Conference in Boston this June.
  • A gift of $1,800, to support one year of professional cleaning (which will ensure that our brand new home stays shiny, santiary, and beautiful for the 3,000+ students and 1,000+ volunteers who enter our space over the course of a year).
  • A gift of $1,000, to enable 826CHI to better communicate our work to more than 10K contacts across Chicago and the nation, through a one year subscription to MailChimp.
  • A ceiling-mounted projector (email and for details)
  • Healthy, non-perishable snacks for Tutoring and Workshop students (Seriously, we love granola bars and raisins!)
  • #2 Pencils
  • Gift cards to Jewel, Amazon, or Target
  • Plain white paper for printers and copiers
  • Brightly colored copy paper
  • Colrful cardstock paper
  • Educational board games
  • Stamps
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants/shops, to use as volunteer appreciation gifts (These folks do so much for us.)
  • Current almanacs and atlases
  • Calculators (both scientific and simple)
  • Nonfiction books for early readers
  • Award-winning fiction for early readers through high school students

If you have any questions about donating from our “wish list” please contact Abi at