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Your contribution to 826CHI directly enhances the education of thousands of Chicago youth. Our tuition-free programming—available year-round to students and teachers across the city—helps students realize the value of their education, the power of their individual voices, and the necessity of playfulness and creativity in writing.

Your generosity plays a vital part in making it all possible.

Donate Online

Donate securely and instantly via Click & Pledge.

Want to hear a voice?

Call 773-772-8108 between business hours, CST.

Want to keep our mail lady, Adrienne, busy?

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

826CHI
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 so, it's likely that they'll match donations to 826CHI made on behalf of their employees, retired employees, and even employee spouses. Or, perhaps your company contributes funds on behalf of employee service hours. Please email Kendra@826chi.org to let us know!

Donate Yourself

If you live in Chicago, we're always deeply 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 (Kendra@826chi.org).

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

We require a spectrum of supplies and technology to equip our writing center to best support Chicago youth. Each of the following items makes a distinct impact in our ability to carry out our mission:

  • Diverse books for our library (see list here!)
  • Spanish dictionaries and thesauruses
  • A long-arm stapler
  • 15 Dell 11 Chromebooks, for our After-School Tutoring & Writing students
  • Five 13" 128GB MacBook Airs, in excellent condition (2013 or later), to support our publications and Field Trips
  • Apple AirPort Extreme Base Station Router and wall mount
  • A set of these LED lights, for our storefront
  • An Elmo camera, to bring student writing to life during our Field Trips
  • A ceiling-mounted projector (email Kendra@826chi.org for details)
  • Plain white paper, brightly colored copy paper, colorful cardstock paper
  • Non-perishable SNACKS for our students (we love granola bars)
  • Gift cards to Jewel, Amazon, or Target

Questions? Please contact Abi at Abi@826chi.org.

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