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.

For questions, call 773-772-8108

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 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 [email protected] to let us know!

Host an event for 826CHI

We're grateful to be a frequent beneficiary of product sales and local events. Interested in this type of support? CLICK HERE to submit an informational form, which our Development team reviews twice monthly.

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 Stien van der Ploeg ([email protected]).

Thank You

Thank you to all who help us provide our programs. Below is a list of some of our generous supporters:

Chicago Tribune 

826 National

Comer Foundation

Ream Foundation

Judy Family Foundation

The Donley Foundation

Colonel Stanley R. McNeil Foundation

City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Our programs are partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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:

Questions? Please contact Tyler at [email protected].