Donate

Please join Family Focus in helping Chicago area children, families, and communities grow healthy and strong. Your gift can provide the pivotal support that enables a child to have a nurturing family and supportive parents, academic success and opportunities for a safe and brighter future.

Donate Online

Make a contribution online now using our secured server.

Donate by mail or phone

To make a donation by mail please download this form and send it with your check or credit card information. Or contact Kelsey Miklos, Communications and Events Manager, at 312-777-1918, or email.

OTHER WAYS TO GIVE

GIFTS OF STOCKS, SECURITIES, OR WIRE TRANSFERS

If making a gift of stock or securities, or a direct wire transfer, please read this page.

GIFTS IN HONOR OR IN MEMORY

Is there a person in your life who has served as an inspiration? A gift to Family Focus in honor or in memory recognizes that person by helping Chicago area children and families. Tributes can serve as memorials, or mark events and milestones. A gift in honor or in memory includes an acknowledgement card sent to your designated recipient. You can make a gift in honor in memory online by filling out the “In Honor/In Memory” fields.

EMPLOYER MATCHING GIFTS

Ask at work whether your company has a matching gifts program. Your donation can go twice as far if you send it with your employer’s matching gift form. Contact us if you have questions regarding the process.

If you’re an employer – matching your employees’ gifts to Family Focus makes you a strong partner in supporting your community. Your support enables us to empower future generations and build a stronger society.

ESTATE GIFTS

There are many ways to include a charitable gift in your will, trust, or estate plan. Planned gifts such as annuities and trusts may provide you with funds during your lifetime, while also supporting Family Focus. Such a gift can be structured in a way that does not jeopardize your current financial needs or those of your loved ones. We encourage you to contact your professional advisor to plan a gift that meets your philanthropic goals and expresses your generosity and caring.

GIFTS OF STOCKS

A gift of stock (or other appreciated property) entitles you to a tax deduction for the market value of the donated stock (not just the cost basis). If the stock you wish to donate has been held for more than one year, you can avoid capital gains tax on any appreciation of the stock by donating the stock prior to sale. Family Focus benefits by selling the stock without paying taxes on the gain, and you benefit from making a contribution that would be larger than what you might have been able to otherwise donate.

To ensure that you receive appropriate credit for your stock gift, please contact Deb Schlies with your information (including name, stock and number of shares):

Debra Schlies, VP of Philanthropy
[email protected]
312-421-5200 x 145

DEFERRED GIFT OPTIONS

  • Bequests – Because they do not incur inheritance taxes, bequests can be the best way to make a planned gift. Contact Deb Schlies, Vice President of Philanthropy, at 312-421-5200 x145 for more information.
  • Insurance policies – When you assign an insurance policy to our endowment fund, there is an immediate tax deduction for premiums, with proceeds deleted from your estate.
  • IRA – Donating some or all of a 401(k) IRA or other qualified retirement plan removes the income tax liability.

Our development office can provide you, your attorney, or your financial planner with language for your will and/or other estate planning documents.

PRODUCT DONATIONS AND IN-KIND GIFTS

Do you or your company have something to share? With 11 direct service centers plus after-school programs in 40 Chicago-area schools, we have long wish lists. We need diapers, strollers, winter coats, computers, furniture, art supplies, food, and more. Your in-kind donation allows us to devote more money to our programs by reducing operating expenses. Have something not listed above to share? We’re interested. Contact us.

PRIVACY POLICY

Family Focus is strongly committed to protecting the privacy of our donors and supporters.  While we monitor activity on the website and online donations, we do not sell names or release information to anyone outside our organization. The information we collect is used to improve and enhance the content and services of Family Focus.

For changes to your personal account or to get more information, please contact Michael Krenzer at [email protected].