Illinois nonprofits

GiveNKind’s nonprofit partners are registered, 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Your donation to these organizations is tax deductible.

The education of underprivileged communities through multiple facets.
Animal Education and Rescue is committed to helping countless numbers of animals & people through rescue, education & therapy.

Antioch Traveling Closet’s mission is to make sure that no child, adult, or senior citizen is without basic items that we sometimes take for granted.

Our mission is strengthening family values.

To empower individuals on the autism spectrum to fulfill their potential through meaningful employment combined with social opportunity.

Our mission is to provide emergency overnight sleeping space that is safe, respectful, and restful for single women.
To support individuals with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome and other intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities so that they may live, learn and work in the most independent settings possible.
Balance Boxes is a youth-led organization that provides students in low-income communities with academic and enjoyable activities.
To inspire and guide our neighborhood’s children and families to a brighter tomorrow.
Bernie’s Book Bank sources, processes and distributes quality new and gently used children’s books to significantly increase book ownership among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.

The mission of Black Lives Matter Lake County is to create and promote an atmosphere of racial equality and dignity where people of color can be safe from abuse and are given equal opportunities for growth and success. We are a non-profit, anti-violence organization that serves a multi-ethnic population in Lake County.

To assist Veterans on their road through recovery with Alternative therapies.
Bounce Children’s Foundation transforms the lives of chronically ill children, and their families, shifting all from surviving to thriving.
It is the mission of Boys & Girls Club of Lake County to inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
To foster academic, artistic & personal growth for Waukegan public school students through music. Providing the highest quality resources to children who want to play and to faculty who want teach it.
Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council’s mission is to create a safer community, improve the learning environment at public schools, preserve affordable housing, provide a voice for youth, protect immigrant rights, promote gender equality, and end all forms of violence.
Brown Books and Paint Brushes hopes to empower, develop, and educate young children- through art, literacy, and cultural programming; pertaining to the African-American culture and healthy racial identity.

The Buffalo Grove Community Foundation is dedicated to raising funds for projects that improve the quality of life of the Buffalo Grove community.

Burst Into Books is a literary organization geared towards children from ages 6 months to 18 years old that helps children develop a love for literature through reading circles, book clubs, writing workshops, online workshops, educational services and family centered events.
Cancer Wellness Center’s mission is to provide supportive care and education to those impacted by cancer.
The Carole Robertson Center’s mission is to educate, enrich, and empower children and families. The center serves more than 650 children and their families on the west side of Chicago.
Casa Central transforms lives and strengthens communities, with a special focus on Hispanics. Their network of social services propels a diverse population of all ages toward self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life.
The Center for Community Advocacy (CCA) is a grass roots organization committed to identifying strategies and initiatives directed at removing historical systemic social, economic, cultural, and racial barriers, perpetuating generational educational failure and poverty in communities of color.
Chicago Cares mobilizes volunteers to build a stronger and more unified Chicago.
Chicago Coalition for the homeless’s mission is to organize and advocate to prevent and end homelessness, because housing is a human right.
We are proud military mothers supporting our military sons and daughters, our veterans, and each other.

CHICAGO URBAN MINISTRIES AND LIFE INTERVENTION

We are a ministry of presence that serves food and provides blankets and clothing to the homeless on Lower Wacker Drive in Chicago.
The Mission of Chicago Youth Programs is to improve the health and life opportunities of at-risk youth using a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their capabilities.
The Cities Project at DePaul University’s mission is to eliminate inequality through education. By connecting high-resourced universities with low-resourced public schools, they aim to educate both university and public school students.
Touching the lives of people in and around our local communities, state, country and world.
Claudia’s Colon Cancer Awareness Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to raise a voice to fight against colon cancer word-wide. They are determined to lead a colon cancer initiative research with health providers to find a cure.
CBO mentors, empowers and inspires low income, first generation Scholars to overcome barriers, graduate college and achieve success in life.
The College of Lake County Foundation raises money to fund scholarships and grants that provide our students an opportunity for a better future. Through these efforts the College of Lake County Foundation strengthens the vitality and well-being of the diverse communities we serve.
The Women’s Center is dedicated to the success of CLC students, regardless of their personal and financial circumstances. We offer a safe, caring place where students can access services and support to achieve success at college, work and in their everyday lives.
Compassion Baptist exists to fulfill Jesus’ command to worship God, love people, share the gospel.

Connections for the Homeless’s mission is to serve and catalyze our community to end homelessness, one person at a time.

Cornerstone Community Outreach has a long standing commitment to providing shelter and finding homes for families and individuals who are at the greatest risk of being excluded from necessary services.
Counseling Center of the North Shore’s mission is to help people through life’s challenges and transitions by providing counseling, therapy, and community education.
Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.
The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange is committed to the creative reuse and redistribution of surplus materials for arts, non-profit, education in the Chicago-area.
Curts Cafe improves outcomes for young adults living in at-risk situations through work and life skills training.

Daughters of Destiny Inc

Daughters of Destiny Inc empowers the local community through providing hunger relief, diaper bank, period poverty, clothing, workshops, and other social services and resources.
The fight for excellence in pediatric cancer treatment is important, but no less important is the commitment we must make to support the families that strive for fulfilling and complete lives during and after treatment. We must remember to offer families a holistic, uncompromising, fighting chance at well-being, which is our urgent, passionate mission.
Our mission is serving the residents of DuPage Township.
Envision Unlimited provides high-quality programs and services to persons with disabilities, promoting choice, independence, and community integration for all.

Evening Star Childcare Service Inc. strives to support families in their effort to ensure the wholesome social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of their children by providing high quality educational care at the lowest possible cost.

Families Helping Families Chicagoland is a grassroots organization that is mobilizing and linking their communities to help families with children, and children in foster care during times of crisis and hardship.
Family and friends if NWI is founded for the purpose of providing services to individuals and families with particular focus on children, the elderly, disables, and the homeless. Services include advocacy, information, outreach, and supportive services.
Family Shelter Service transforms lives by offering help and hope to those affected by domestic violence.
Our mission is to provide hot meals with dignity to those who are in need while reducing food waste.
Fill a Heart for Kid’s mission is to help our vulnerable homeless youths and nearly forgotten foster children living in institutions to feel loved and remembered.

Fox and Trove’s mission is to empower kids to change the world by teaching them how to be kind and brave.

FTEA is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Premier Accredited Center that promotes equine assisted activities and therapies for people with special needs in the United States and worldwide.
Friends of NTA’s mission is to raise funds to support the students and educators at National Teachers Academy, a Chicago Public School for pre-kindergarteners through eighth graders in the South Loop.
Our mission is to help Chicago pets stay with their families during tough economic times. We do this by holding a monthly distribution of pet food, cat litter and pet supplies.
The Fuller Center For Housing, faith-driven and Christ Centered, promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations is an unrelenting quest to provide adequate shelter for all people in need worldwide.

GIGI’S PLAYHOUSE

GiGi’s Playhouse’s mission is to increase positive awareness of Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community. Deerfield, Tinley Park

Every girl finds her voice, discovers her strength and leads with confidence through fun and active sports, health and leadership programs.
We provide financial and other support to under privileged and underserved members of our communities with a focus on those in urban inner cities as well as families with a deployed military member.
God’s Harbor For All Souls’ purpose is to service to their community and equip those with the tools for spiritual growth and building a relationship with Christ. They offer many ministries to help you connect with the local body, be of services to others while you grow in your faith.
Gratitude Generation’s mission is to create a platform where children receive an education about the social needs of the world at large down to our local community by providing an opportunity to serve and improve the lives of at-risk populations.
GLASA provides adaptive sports programming to youth and adults, including injured military, who have a physical or visual disability.
GRIP strives to create a network of support for our youth, not simply by serving them and their families in the home, but also by partnering with local churches in our outreach programs, and by having a presence in the public schools, where our youth spend the majority of their time.

THE HALLIESTRONG FOUNDATION

Spreading hope to anyone fighting cancer, one pair of fun socks at a time.

To provide support and education to families and individuals with disabilities in low-income communities.
The Harbour provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, and supportive services to youth aged 12-21 and who are at risk of becoming homeless, or who are experiencing homelessness in the north and northwest Chicago suburbs.
Heartland Animal Shelter is a no-kill animal shelter in Northbrook, Illinois dedicated to finding forever homes for the dogs and cats in our care.
Helping the community one family at a time.

The Highwood Public Library is a sustainable resource that enriches, empowers and embraces the community it serves.

Hirsch has a mission to instill through its curriculum confidence, pride, and a sense of community in their students by creating an atmosphere that fosters security, high academic and professional expectations, discipline, healthy competition, self-respect, self-governance, and social consciousness using critical partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and residents.
Horizons for Youth is a community committed to helping children recognize and achieve their full potential.

HOW

HOW’s mission is to empowering women, children and families to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
Humble Design serves individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming empty houses into welcoming homes using donated furniture and household goods. Our warehouses are curated by design teams that personalize homes based on our clients’ needs and preferences. More than a makeover, it’s a start over.
Inner Voice supports persons experiencing homelessness in their quest to achieve and maintain enhanced well-being, self-reliance and a place to call home.
Our mission is to develop kids with character inside and out.
JourneyCare’s vision is to transform lives by building a community where exceptional palliative, supportive and end-of-life care is accepted, expected and available to all.
Junior League of Chicago, Inc. is a metropolitan organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
A Just Harvest’s mission is to fight poverty and hunger in the Rogers Park and greater Chicago community by providing nutritious meals daily while cultivating community and economic development and organizing across racial, cultural and socioeconomic lines in order to create a more just society.

The Kindness Connection’s mission is to inspire youth to be lifelong volunteers.

LaTanya and the Youth of Englewood Organization has been established to work with youth ages 5-13 to provide after school activities including education, recreation communication skill building, social opportunities, advocacy and support.
Lead’s mission is to reduce the use, misuse and abuse of drugs and alcohol by youth.
Life Quilt Foundation believes that education is a human right. The mission of Life Quilt is to break the barriers to educational success by providing students’ basic needs.
Lincoln Park Community Center’s mission is to bring communities together to empower homeless men and women to make and sustain life changes.
Our mission is to support community beautification.
Little City is committed to recruiting and supporting foster/adoptive families to provide loving homes to youth with special needs who have been identified as abused/neglect by DCFS.
To mobilize local churches to transform lives and communities in the Name of Christ.

Love INC Southwest brings together churches, businesses, and local agencies so that they can best help those in need in their local community to enable those needing help to ultimately become all they can be for themselves, their families, their communities, and their world.

Share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need.
LYTE Collective provides Chicago youth in situations of poverty and homelessness with safe space, critical resources and holistic support.
To continue the legacy of Marie Wilkinson, the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry is dedicated to meeting the hunger needs of individuals and families in Aurora and surrounding communities by educating, empowering and enlightening people to be self-sustainable through collaborations and partnerships.
Maryville’s mission is to help children and families to reach their fullest potential by empowering intellectual, spiritual, moral and emotional growth.
McKenna’s Bags puts together bags of toiletries and and other essentials as well as makes sleep mats out of plastic grocery bags for the homeless!
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls is a Catholic organization answering the Gospel call to minister to children and families in need.
The Center for Gifted offers an innovative and unique approach to education, providing enriching opportunities for motivated students to explore diverse subjects in a challenging, creative environment free from the pressures of tests and grades.
Midwest Veterans Closet is a Rapid Response Resource organization taking the lead in Impacting Veterans Lives by providing life’s basic needs to enlistees, families, and Veterans.
Mother’s Trust Foundation provides immediate assistance during times of crisis to low-income children living in Lake County, Illinois.
MASK (Mothers/Men Against Senseless Killings) was established in 2015 as a way to put eyes on the streets, interrupt violence and crime, and teach children to grow up as friends rather than enemies. A group of caring individuals in the community began to simply hang out on the block, cook food, and emanate love.

MY FATHER’S BUSINESS

My Father’s Business is an outreach ministry bringing the youth from the community together to Hoop, eat, and hear the Good News
My Joyful Heart endeavors to be a positive influence to children in need by remembering them with basic life essentials, school supplies, clothing, toys, and encouragement throughout each year until their situation improves or they move from the area.
Expressing the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need to transform their lives.
Transforming one life at a time through our behavioral and social health services.
Serving food with dignity.
Our mission is to develop and enhance the problem solving skills of youth through unique S.T.E.M. experiences.
Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA) Foundation solely supports the work and advances the mission of NSSRA by raising and granting supplemental funding.
Teaching empathy by sparking friendships between students and their peers with disabilities.
North Side Housing and Supportive Services’ mission is to end homelessness in the lives of individuals by providing housing and comprehensive supportive services. They strive to eradicate the conditions that cause, contribute to and exacerbate homelessness.
Northwood Gives Back creates meaningful service -learning experiences that meet the needs of the community.
Open Books transforms students’ reading and writing skills through experienced educators who deliver innovative instruction, passionate volunteers who serve as positive role models and provide enthusiastic support, safe learning environments for practice, exploration, and social-emotional growth, and access to high-quality books and tailored curricula.
Orchard Village empowers people with developmental challenges to achieve integrated, fulfilling lives in their communities.
PADS Lake County is a community-based organization that provides trauma-informed support, resources, and shelter to individuals and families experiencing a housing crisis.
PATH is an organization dedicated to empowering people in need. This mission is carried out by providing food, clothing, and other basic needs for families in crisis. A variety of programs for underprivileged children are also supported. PATH’s ultimate goal is to transform lives by connecting those who need them with vital community resources in the Greater Palatine Area.
To empower people and change lives by mobilizing community partners to serve immigrant children and their families.
Pedal4Life uses bicycling events and programs to help those recovering from opioid addiction.
Phil’s Friends is a Christian nonprofit organization committed to bringing support and hope to those affected by cancer in the United States through care packages, their Cards of Hope support program, and spiritual support through prayer.
Pillows to pads provide children from birth to 16 years of age, living in homelessness, temporary living conditions or living in low income situations with the essential items they need to thrive- at home, at school, and at play. We supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting with other communities.
Playworks Illinois’s mission is to improve the health and well being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity.
Our mission is to serve veterans, homeless and less fortunate youth and adults by providing everyday necessities.
Project Oz’s mission is to make a positive difference for young people. They care what happens to young people and families. They care about making their community a safe, healthy, happy place to live.
Project: VISION was created by people with a passion for education and youth development and saw the need for teens in the neighborhood to have a safe place to call their own, where they can find support and guidance as they navigate through high school and pave a path for a bright future.
Raquan’s Haven’s mission is to empower young women and their children to live healthy, safe and progressive live by providing them with transitional and/or affordable housing, and equipping them with the necessary tools they need to succeed physically, spiritually and emotionally.
Residency on the Farm fosters supportive spaces for artists and community to create and learn. They are open to artists of all kinds and dedicated to collaborative and individual endeavors.
It is Revolution Workshop’s vision to advance social and economic equity in all communities. That is why we provide free skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults seeking a career in construction.
Riverside Foundation provides services and supports to adults with dev and intellectual disabilities.
Roberti Community House is committed to nourishing, educating and empowering community members so that they can acknowledge, appreciate and actualize their individual strengths and talents.
Rush University System for Health (RUSH) is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.
Safe Families for Children hosts vulnerable children and creates extended family–like supports for desperate families through a community of devoted volunteers who are motivated by compassion to keep children safe and families intact.
A Safe Place provides services to survivors of domestic violence that support them in their efforts to transform their lives after domestic violence.
Sarah’s Circle is a refuge for women who are homeless or need of a safe space.
At Scott Joplin Elementary School, we want to create students that are self-motivated, self-generated, and self-propelled, and view excellence as a habit, not an act.
Sharing Connections provides furniture and household items to families coping with a crisis like domestic violence, returning or homeless veterans, job loss, or financial hardship.
For all of us sneakers are essential for day-to-day life while for sneaker heads they are a creative expression of life. That creative expression brought us together for a bigger purpose, getting sneakers on to the feet of those who need them most.
SocialWorks, founded by Grammy-award-winning musician and humanitarian Chance the Rapper, aims to empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement.
Soft Cage Films is dedicated to engaging the public through the production and promotion of socially relevant films that use experimental techniques to challenge traditional notions of society and to explore psychological truths.
The mission of Faith in Action Volunteers is to help you maintain your independence while preserving your dignity and quality of life at home.
South Side Community Arts Community to prevent domestic commercial sexual exploitation and provide comprehensive, restorative care to survivors.
GEARING UP KIDS FOR A BETTER FUTURE – sports equipment for kids.
This project is an extension of the KIDDOS organization, whose mission is to instill philanthropic habits in kids from an early age. The 2nd graders organize a shoebox packing event to send shoeboxes filled with toiletries, school supplies and toys to kids in 3rd world countries for the holidays.
Standup for Kids’ mission is to build nurturing and supportive relationships with Chicago’s homeless youth.
Stepping Stones Network mission is to educate and engage the community to prevent domestic commercial sexual exploitation and provide comprehensive, restorative care to survivors.
Growing, Serving, Sharing Christ!
Sustainable Action International works alongside the people of Haiti to provide for basic needs, support economic development, and cultivate discipleship.
Syrian community Network aims to empower Syrian refugees in achieving a seamless transition and relocation to the United States through connecting people to the right services and support networks.
Who are we as human beings if we ignore the suffering of others.
Tellin’ Tales Theatre aims to shatter barriers between the disabled and non-disabled worlds through the transformative power of personal story. They bring together children and adults from both communities to share their stories in theatrically innovative productions and programs to promote awareness, understanding and acceptance.
This is Life’s mission is to deter youth from violent activities by providing a platform for youth to display multitude of their talents, skills and abilities.
Teaching and training Men, Women and Children in the tradition of our Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ. Preaching good news to the poor and needy, and relating to their cause. Because, we believe that the strong must bare the infirmities of the weak. We will continue in our goal to aide those in need of our spiritual guidance and service.
Tutoring Chicago’s mission is to empower economically disadvantaged children through education. Tutoring Chicago offers free one-to-one tutoring services to economically disadvantaged students in 1st through 6th grade.
Twice As Nice Mother & Child provides help and hope to families in crisis by distributing diapers and other basic needs at no cost through agency partnerships as well as direct service, while raising awareness about diaper need and working to build a sustainable diaper program in Lake County.
United Way of Lake County’s mission is to unite leadership and resources to create lasting change that will improve lives in Lake County, Illinois.
The University Center, a consortium-based center, provides high-quality educational opportunities for the residents, workers, and employers of the Lake County region.
The mission of Variety of Illinois is to improve the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing the equipment and experiences needed to reach their highest potential.
Vernon Township is a not for profit Food Pantry that serves their residents in need. They share a common purpose to eliminate Hunger in the area, working closely with The Northern Ill Food Bank.
The Well of Mercy’s thoughtfully designed communal living program supports single mothers and their children as they heal from past trauma, find peace in the present, and prepare for a successful future.
To partner with the Fire and Police Departments in our Community to improve the quality of life for those in need in our neighborhoods by providing them with clothing, food and other necessities on a daily basis until such time as they are no longer in need.
The mission of Willow House is to develop and provide supportive services for children, teens, families, schools and communities who are coping with grief and the death of a loved one.
The Mission of Willow Creek Community Church is to turn irreligious people into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
The mission of WINGS Program is to provide housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.
Women Enuff Inc’s purpose is to empower teenage girls and women to realize their own self-worth. To advance the impact within their community and beyond by educating, advocating, and acting as a resource to its members.
Youth and Family Counseling is opening doors to mental healthcare so people can cope, heal, and thrive.
Youth Outlook is the first social service agency in Illinois solely dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ youth. They work in 6 counties in the Chicago suburbs, offering drop-in centers for youth, parent support, and community education.
Youth Outreach Services Promoting the strengths and abilities of youth and families by providing community-based services.

We foster the social and emotional well-being of children and youth.

YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.