Giving Tuesday was launched in 2012 as a charitable counterpart to the holiday shopping extravaganzas known as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When New York City’s 92nd Street Y created the fundraising event with the United Nations Foundation, they could only hope and dream that its impact would spread far and wide. Now, those hopes and dreams are fully realized, with nearly 40,000 organizations participating. Crain’s Custom Media is proud to promote the Giving Tuesday campaigns of the fine Chicago-area nonprofits you see here. Please consider supporting them with your money, time or other resources on this Giving Tuesday and beyond.

Here’s how you can give

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
Supporting educational and cultural programs of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; fostering scholarship and promoting historical literacy.

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Accelerate Institute

Accelerate Institute
Committed to closing the achievement gap by creating high-impact school leaders who accelerate student achievement.

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After School Matters

After School Matters
Providing Chicago’s teens with opportunities to explore and develop their talents, while gaining critical skills for college, careers and beyond.

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Allendale Association

Allendale Association
Help us build a playground at ALLENDALE where kids learn…grow…heal and PLAY! Serving youth and families with serious emotional, mental and behavioral health challenges for over 120 years.

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Angel Harvey Family Health Center

Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
Providing a continuum of integrated, quality and preventive health care services to children and their families, enabling them to lead healthy and productive lives.

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The Ark

The Ark
Feeding the hungry this holiday season. Your $60 buys food and toiletries for one person.

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Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness

Aunt Martha’s Health & Wellness
A caring community resource for children, youth and families.

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Bright Pink

Bright Pink
Helping to save lives from breast and ovarian cancer by empowering women to know their risk and manage their health proactively.

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago
For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has been there for anyone in need. Every 30 seconds, someone counts on Catholic Charities on their journey to self-sufficiency.

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Center on Halsted

Center on Halsted
Advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland.

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Chicago Cares

Chicago Cares
Mobilizing volunteers to build a stronger, more unified Chicago.

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Chicago Children's Advocacy Center

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
Uniting public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health and well-being of abused children.

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Chicago Children's Choir

Chicago Children’s Choir
Providing high-quality choral education to 5,000 youth citywide and using music to unite diverse people and build communities.

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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
Organizing and advocating to prevent and end homelessness, because we believe housing is a human right in a just society.

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Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts)

Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts)
Developing diverse, promising young artists through intensive arts training and a complete college preparatory curriculum.

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Chicago Lights

Chicago Lights
Providing hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth and adults who face the challenges of poverty.

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Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity

Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity
Building strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter– because everyone deserves a decent, affordable home.

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City Year Chicago

City Year Chicago
Recruiting, inspiring and mobilizing emerging leaders to empower at-risk Chicago Public School students to reach their highest potential.

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CJE SeniorLife

CJE SeniorLife
Enhancing the lives of older adults by providing life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education.

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Collision Repair Education Foundation

Collision Repair Education Foundation
Supporting auto collision repair educational programs to create qualified, entry-level employees and connect them with an array of career opportunities.

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The Cove School

The Cove School
Providing highly individualized education and life strategies for students with complex learning disabilities.

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Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons
Providing children ages 0-12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive.

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Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund

Daniel Murphy Scholarship Fund
DMSF provides high school scholarship assistance and programmatic support to bright, hard-working Chicago students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Easterseals Chicago

Easterseals Chicago
Changing the way the world defines and views disabilities by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day.

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Envision Unlimited

Envision Unlimited
Promoting choice, independence and inclusion for people with disabilities.

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Forefront

Forefront
#ILGive for #GivingTuesday is powered by Forefront. Connect with hundreds of Illinois nonprofits – and give – at ILGive.com.

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Gateway Foundation

Gateway Foundation
The country’s largest nonprofit treatment provider specializing in substance use disorders for men, women and adolescents.

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GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers
Changing the way the world views Down syndrome and sending a global message of acceptance for all.

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Gilda's Club Chicago

Gilda’s Club Chicago
Ensuring that anyone impacted by cancer is empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community. Our innovative program, including more than 300 FREE activities each month, is an essential complement to medical care.

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Glenkirk

Glenkirk
Proudly serving individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, and their families, since 1954 via a broad range of personalized, lifelong services.

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Good Sports

Good Sports
Giving all kids the lifelong benefits of sports and physical activity by providing equipment, apparel and footwear to those most in need.

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Greater Chicago Food Depository

Greater Chicago Food Depository
Providing food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

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Have Dreams

Have Dreams
For over 20 years, helping individuals with autism reach their full potential. Programs foster social, communication and independent living skills at every stage of life.

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Heartland Health Centers

Heartland Health Centers
Improving the well-being of the communities we serve by providing accessible, high-quality healthcare.

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i.c.stars

i.c.stars
Creating equitable access to opportunity through technology job skills training and leadership development.

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The Institute for Clinical Social Work

The Institute for Clinical Social Work
With a tradition embedded in social work, preparing scholars and practitioners to serve diverse communities.

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Israel Cancer Research Fund

Israel Cancer Research Fund
The largest organization in North America devoted to supporting cancer research in Israel.

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Jackson Chance Foundation

Jackson Chance Foundation
Helping critically ill babies by removing the financial burden of parking fees, giving every family the opportunity to be with their child each and every day.

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JDRF

JDRF
Accelerating life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) and its complications.

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Jewish Child & Family Services

Jewish Child & Family Services
Providing help, healing and caring services infused with Jewish values to strengthen lives in our community.

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Jewish National Fund

Jewish National Fund
Giving all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

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Juvenile Protective Association

Juvenile Protective Association
Providing vital mental health services to over 2,000 vulnerable children and families each year so they can to reach their full potential.

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Keshet

Keshet
Enhancing potential and supporting communal inclusion for people with disabilities through education, recreation, vocational and residential opportunities.

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Lakeview Pantry

Lakeview Pantry
Founded in 1970, Lakeview Pantry is Chicago’s largest food pantry, distributing over 1.4 million meals to the North Side’s most vulnerable residents every year.

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LEARN Charter School Network

LEARN Charter School Network
A network of 10 college prep elementary schools providing 4,000 low-income students with the academic foundation and ambition to earn a college degree.

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Les Turner ALS Foundation

Les Turner ALS Foundation
The leader in comprehensive ALS care in Chicagoland, providing individualized care, local community support and hope through scientific research.

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Leukemia Research Foundation

Leukemia Research Foundation
Dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases.

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Lutheran Life Communities

Lutheran Life Communities
Empowering vibrant, grace-filled living across all generations. A not-for-profit system of life plan communities and senior services.

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MENTOR Illinois

MENTOR Illinois
Elevating the impact of mentoring today so more kids reach their potential tomorrow.

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Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Providing healing for children and families in need since 1887.

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Mercy Housing Lakefront

Mercy Housing Lakefront
Creating stable, vibrant and healthy communities by developing, financing and operating affordable, program-enriched housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack the economic resources to access quality, safe housing opportunities.

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Misericordia Heart of Mercy

Misericordia Heart of Mercy
Sharing life with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through a full continuum of care.

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National Runaway Safeline

National Runaway Safeline
Keeping America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

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The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy
Conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends.

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The Night Ministry

The Night Ministry
Providing housing, health care and human connection to youth and adults experiencing homelessness or poverty.

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Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank
Leading the Northern Illinois community in solving hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need through innovative programs and partnerships.

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Saga Innovations

Saga Innovations
Serving underserved students through relationship-driven personalized tutorials during the school day, generating impressive academic results.

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Salt and Light Coalition

Salt and Light Coalition
A grassroots movement mobilizing individuals and organizations to heal, educate, and empower youth and women in the fight against slavery.

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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and meeting human needs in His name without discrimination.

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Special Olympics Illinois

Special Olympics Illinois
Providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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UNCF

UNCF
Building a robust and nationally-recognized pipeline of under-represented students who, because of UNCF support, become highly-qualified college graduates.

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United Way of Metro Chicago

United Way of Metro Chicago
Fighting for the health, education, financial stability and safety of every person in every neighborhood across the Chicago region.

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Urban Initiatives

Urban Initiatives
Heightening the inherent power of sports and unifying diverse stakeholders to develop and support Chicago youth.

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WINGS

WINGS
Providing housing, integrated services, education and advocacy to end domestic violence.

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Women's Business Development Center

Women’s Business Development Center
Supporting women and other diverse business owners throughout their entrepreneurial journey to fuel economic growth and strengthen communities.

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YWCA Metropolitan Chicago

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Working to achieve gender equity and inclusion through services that help women and families find personal and financial empowerment.

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