Chicago Local Giving Guide

Nonprofits in Chicago provide services like free meals, education, health check-ups, emergency shelter and much more. We've highlighted some of the effective nonprofits serving the Chicago area, so you know your donation will have an impact.

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Top Hunger Nonprofits

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Lakeview Pantry

  Hunger - Food Pantry|  Chicago, IL

Impact: $1 provides a meal to a person in need.
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Northern Illinois Food Bank

  Hunger - Food Bank|  13 counties in IL

Impact: $1 provides a meal to a person in need.
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Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

  Hunger - Food Bank|  2 counties in IN

Impact: $2 provides a meal to a person in need.
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Greater Chicago Food Depository

  Hunger - Food Bank|  Cook County, IL

Impact: $2 provides a meal to a person in need.
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Food Finders Food Bank

  Hunger - Food Bank|  16 counties in IN

Impact: $2 provides a meal to a person in need.
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Top Homelessness Nonprofits

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Lake County Haven

  Homelessness - Emergency Shelter|  Lake County, IL

Impact: $50 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
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You Can Make It

  Homelessness - Emergency Shelter|  Chicago, IL

Impact: $9 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
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Lazarus House

  Homelessness - Emergency Shelter|  Elgin, IL

Impact: $80 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
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Connections For The Homeless

  Homelessness - Emergency Shelter|  Evanston, IL

Impact: $80 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
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Dupage Pads

  Homelessness - Emergency Shelter|  3 counties and cities in IL

Impact: $10 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
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Cornerstone Community Outreach

  Homelessness - Emergency Shelter|  Chicago, IL

Impact: $20 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
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Crisis Center For South Suburbia

  Homelessness - Emergency Shelter|  Cook County, IL

Impact: $30 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
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Top Education Nonprofits

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International Interior Design Association Foundation

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Chicago, IL

Impact: $1,300 increases income for a scholarship recipient by $1,200.
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Cpa Endowment Fund Of Illinois

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Chicago, IL

Impact: $3,200 increases income for a scholarship recipient in need by $9,000.
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Foundation Of The Legacy Guild

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Western Springs, IL

Impact: $3,200 increases income for a scholarship recipient in need by $4,400.
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Evans Scholars Foundation

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Golf, IL

Impact: $23,000 increases income for a scholarship recipient in need by $28,000.
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Pat Tillman Foundation

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Chicago, IL

Impact: $27,000 increases income for a scholarship recipient by $26,000.
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New Trier High School Scholarship Trust Fund

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Northfield, IL

Impact: $2,400 increases income for a scholarship recipient in need by $3,500.
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Glen View Club Scholarship Foundation

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Golf, IL

Impact: $7,000 increases income for a scholarship recipient by $10,000.
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Old Elm Scholarship Foundation

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Highland Park, IL

Impact: $7,500 increases income for a scholarship recipient by $11,000.
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Jesse White Foundation Ltd

  Education - Postsecondary Scholarships|  Chicago, IL

Impact: $6,300 increases income for a scholarship recipient in need by $7,600.
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