Ways To Give

Many avenues of giving exist to support Family Empowerment Centers and no gift goes unappreciated! Non-perishable food items, winter coats, scarves and Christmas presents for the children in the after-school program, and vehicle donations through our Donate Your Boat agency that help sustain our operating budget are just a few examples of how people choose to support us and provide for our programs.


In addition to gifts-in-kind and the traditional philanthropic methods listed below, we are open to exploring creative alternatives that suit your benevolent interests. Whichever way you choose to support us – through a gift-in-kind, volunteer involvement, financial partnership or a unique collaboration – it is always welcome! Simply contact our Development Director today.


  • Annual Giving – Join one of our exclusive Giving Societies and receive special offers to agency events, exclusive functions, and pre-release communications. (Contact our Development Director for more details.)
  • Charitable Gift Annuity* – A meaningful and easy way to afford you with a fixed income throughout your lifetime while transferring financial asset and remainder to Family Empowerment Centers as a legacy gift.
  • Corporate & Community Grants – Community integration funds, scholarships, and community grants to charity organizations provide an easy way to show support. (Please contact our Development Director to provide application and proposal details.)
  • Corporate/Employee Giving Match Program – Double the impact of your gift simply by establishing a partnership with a Corporate-Employee Match Program. (Consult with your agency’s Human Resources Department for details.)
  • Foundation, Family and Corporate Grants – Align your values with the mission of Family Empowerment Centers by providing opportunities to place Family Empowerment Centers in front of the Grant Review Committee. (Contact our Development Director with application and proposal details.)
  • Gifts-In-Kind – School supplies, non-perishable food items, technology, and sports equipment, as well as professional services, are just a few of the ways to enhance our programs and services. View our Wish List for more details.
  • Individual Giving – Contributions from individuals provide the foundation of our operating expenses. While gifts in the form of cash or check should be mailed directly to the office, electronic funds transfer or credit card can be processed securely through our website.
  • IRA Contributions – You may donate up to $10,000 penalty free to charity annually.
  • Real Estate – Within Chicago proper or Chicago’s North Side, a donation of real estate will be used to house interns and support staff and allow for the expansion of office and program space. In the outlying suburbs or Chicagoland area, real estate transfer will be used to host retreats, conferences, training, and special events.
  • Retirement Plan Assets – Appropriate the remainder of an IRA, Keogh or other qualified pension (or profit-sharing) plan as a legacy gift to charity.
  • Securities* – Gifts received as stock, bonds or mutual funds qualify for a charitable deduction (based on fair market value) and reduce the capital gains tax on the appreciated portion of the gift.
  • Sponsorship – Individual, business or corporate sponsorship offer a creative way to promote your brand at one of our community-based or fundraising events.
  • Team Family Empower – Have a passion for running? Turn it into a vehicle to raise funds for Family Empowerment Centers by running for our charity team, Team Family Empower, in any 5K, half or full marathon race.
  • Tribute Gifts – Celebrate the memory of a cherished loved one or the accomplishment of a family member, friend or co-worker by making a gift in their honor.
  • Will or Living Trust* – Continue to make an impact through financial direction and asset distribution that perpetuates your values through a bequest.


*While our Development Director is happy to discuss gift terms and provide suggestions for gift-designation language to share with your attorney, please speak with your financial planner or tax-advisor for guidance in determining philanthropic objectives that are right for you.