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There are a lot of reasons kids miss school. Not having school supplies shouldn’t be one of them.

In Chicago, 1 in 2 kids can’t afford appropriate clothing or adequate school supplies. Starting school without basic essentials can impact a student’s self-esteem, attendance, and success. When you support Cradles to Crayons, you help us provide much-needed items to kids from birth through age 12 and empower young scholars to feel safe, valued, and ready to learn. 

A donation of $33 funds clothing and basic supplies for a child’s first week of school. Thanks to a generous donor, the first $40,000 in gifts will be matched—doubling your impact. 

Thanks to C2C’s relationships with trusted wholesale vendors, we are able to secure backpacks and school supplies far below retail value, stretching your dollar further and supporting more families.


Our Accountability

For 13 years and counting, Cradles to Crayons has earned Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars, certifying our commitment to accountability, transparency and responsible fiscal management. Your gift to Cradles to Crayons, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Additionally, please see our Privacy Policy and Donor Privacy Policy for more information.

Donations by Mail

If you would like to donate by mail, please send your check to:

PO Box 10693
Chicago, IL 60674- 0693

Contact Us

If you have any questions about your gift, contact:

Kevin Mork (he/him)
Senior Director of Development

Donor Advised Fund