Ways to Give

Make An Impact Today

The financial support we receive from individuals, families and companies is what sustains our year-round mission on a daily basis. When you give to Cradles to Crayons, you’re helping children across America receive the everyday essentials they need.

Stocks and Securities

Making a gift of securities is simple and offers a number of valuable financial benefits to you while helping Cradles to Crayons fulfill our mission.

You can donate appreciated stocks, bonds or mutual funds. The total value upon transfer is tax-deductible and there is no obligation to pay any capital gains taxes on appreciation. Please contact us with the details so that we can confirm receipt.

Employer Match

If your employer will make a donation to match all or a portion of your (or your spouse’s) personal gift, we ask that you please fill out whatever forms may be necessary to facilitate that additional gift, which extends the impact of your donation. Please contact us if our team can be of any assistance.

Donor Advised Fund

If you have a Donor-Advised Fund, you can quickly and easily recommend a gift to Cradles to Crayons Chicago using DAF Direct, if your fund manager participates.  You will see the link to DAF Direct on the lower right side of our donation page.

If your DAF manager is not listed, please contact them directly to recommend a gift. If you need any assistance, please contact us.

Mail Your Gift

Please send your check or money order payable to:

PO Box 7410693
Chicago, IL 60674- 0693

If you need your receipt expedited, we suggest that you make a donation using our online form.

Payroll and Giving Campaigns

Set up pre-tax automatic donations via payroll deductions through your employer’s annual Giving Campaign. If Cradles to Crayons is not currently an option with your company, please connect us with the appropriate person so we can find out how to be included as a charitable option for your company’s employees.

We can also work with your company to set up a custom donation page on our website for a targeted employee giving campaign or corporate challenge.

Planned Giving

A charitable bequest is one of the easiest and most flexible ways that you can leave a gift which will have lasting impact. With the help of an attorney, you can include language in your will or trust specifying a gift to Cradles to Crayons Chicago as part of your estate plan.

You can also include Cradles to Crayons Chicago as a full, partial, or contingent beneficiary of your retirement account, 401k, or life insurance policy by simply filling out a beneficiary designation form available from your plan administrator.

Please contact us with any questions.

Your Story is Their Story

Cradles to Crayons began with the vision of one individual who was determined to make a difference in the world. Today, the Cradles to Crayons community has grown to include thousands of young people and adults — working together to make a difference in the lives of tens of thousands of children each year.

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Partner With Us

Cradles to Crayons wouldn’t be able to make such a significant impact in the lives and communities we serve without the support of our corporate and foundation partners. Many leading companies recognize that partnering with Cradles to Crayons is not only good for their communities, it’s good for their business.

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Family Leadership Circle

There are a wide variety of ways you can make a difference through Cradles to Crayons. The Family Leadership Circle is a group of generous and dedicated families who play a critical role in sustaining our mission to provide local children with the essential items they need to thrive.

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Get Inspired

At Cradles to Crayons, our entire organization is driven by a focused and all-important goal: to make life better for children in need. To make this happen, it takes a wide variety of individuals and groups coming together to make a difference in their local communities. Below are some examples of additional ways you can be of help to our cause.

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Get Involved by Fundraising

Cradles to Crayons has partnered with Click and Pledge to help you join our community of fundraisers. We provide the page, the resources, and the platform to help you incorporate fundraising and spreading awareness for our cause. Simply sign up, customize your page and share with your friends! If you have any questions about creating or promoting your fundraiser, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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We allow children as young as age five to volunteer at The Giving Factory. Cradles to Crayons donation stations are kid-friendly, making it easy for the entire family to make an impact. Throughout the school year, we host after school and weekend shifts to make it easy for families to volunteer together.

Inquire about your next family or company visit today >

Host a Drive

Organizing a product collection for Cradles to Crayons is a great way for your social, civic, church or business group to serve a very worthy cause. Make us part of a giving-back day for your professional organization. Energize your scout troop or youth sports team to make product collections in their neighborhoods or manage a community donation box with your faith-based group.

Let us know about your community drive >

Other Ways to Give