Corporate Partnerships

Become Part of the Equation

Become an Annual Corporate Partner

Cradles to Crayons reserves this special designation for corporations that annually provide $100,000, $75,000, or $50,000 to support our efforts. As an Annual Corporate Partner, you have the opportunity to customize a plan that maximizes the effect of your philanthropy  while providing meaningful volunteer and engagement opportunities for your employees.

Support our Everyday Essentials Program

When supporting this crucial program, your financial assistance goes directly to providing everyday essentials to over 210,000 children in our communities — while helping us build additional capacity to serve more children in the years ahead.

Help fund our signature initiatives and events

During the year, Cradles to Crayons presents four targeted initiatives that focus on critical seasonal needs. We can tailor support of these signature initiatives and their related events to align with your corporate philanthropy plan.

Support our Strategic Product Purchase Program

While our successful grassroots model provides the bulk of our inventory, community donations can vary widely from week to week and year to year. We created our Strategic Product Purchase Program to address the inventory shortfalls that occur as a result. Cradles to Crayons has built relationships with local and national retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers to acquire items at very low costs when the need and opportunity arise — purchasing new items at prices far below retail value.

Underwrite an operational or capacity-building project

At Cradles to Crayons, we are always looking at our internal operations and developing ways to increase productivity and efficiency. This includes a new website, marketing initiatives, payroll systems, and more.


Giving Factory @ Work

Host a Cradles to Crayons volunteer event at your office! Employees will help sort and package essential items for children across Chicagoland experiencing poverty – including hygiene kits, backpacks & school supplies, or outfit packs. Cradles to Crayons will then distribute to our network of community partners. Cradles to Crayons will work with your team to create a memorable, engaging volunteer experience for your employees.

Giving Factory @ Work events can accommodate 20-500 employees.  Please reach out to Meghan Doetschman, Associate Director of Corporate Relations, to discuss your event: mdoetschman@cradlestocrayons.org or 312.967.1681.

Thank you to our annual corporate partners for their generosity and commitment to children and families across Chicagoland:

Get In Touch

To discuss any of the funding options outlined here or other ways your company would like to be involved, please contact Meghan Doetschman, Associate Director of Corporate Relations at mdoetschman@cradlestocrayons.org