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Ways to Give to Shriners Children’s Chicago

Your Donation Changes Children's Lives at Shriners Children’s Chicago

Shriners Hospitals for Children, now branded as Shriners Children's, has been leading specialty pediatric healthcare since 1922. We deliver specialty pediatric care to children around the world, providing a comprehensive range of treatments and services that help improve the quality of children's lives and allow them to reach their full potential.

There are many reasons to make a charitable gift to Shriners Hospitals for Children – and your passion for helping children is likely at the top of that list. Friends like you make it possible for us to provide pediatric specialty care, regardless of the family's ability to pay or insurance status, today and for years to come.

Read on to learn how you can support Shriners Children's Chicago through ways that include planned giving, hosting and attending fundraising events, and participating in our community outreach.

Give Today

Shriners Hospitals for Children has pressing needs to meet every day. When you give an outright financial gift, you make our current work possible and help to shape the future of health care for children with medical needs. Outright gifts include:

  • Online donations via our donation site, LovetotheRescue.org
  • Checks or other monetary gifts

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Your generous gift directly helps support patient care at Shriners Children's Chicago.

Give online today.

Give through your workplace matching gift program.

Give Tomorrow

At Shriners Hospitals for Children, planned giving ensures we can continue to provide the most amazing care anywhere for generations. When we know about your future intention, we can plan for your gift and all the good it can do.

Planned giving and other types of planned philanthropy advance our research and improve the medical care we provide, benefiting patients for generations. To ensure we meet the wishes of our donors, our giving programs include careful planning and thorough consideration, as our knowledgeable fundraising staff consults with donors, their families, legal professionals and wealth advisors. Together, we’ll develop a plan for giving that aligns with your specific tax objectives and estate planning needs.

  • Bequests: Maintain full control of your financial resources during your lifetime and reduce your taxable estate by including Shriners Children’s Chicago in your will or living trust.
  • Charitable Gift Annuities: Provide a lifetime income to you and/or a loved one and earn a current income tax deduction with a gift of cash or property.
  • Gifts of Life Insurance: Earn an immediate income tax deduction and a possible premium deduction by designating Shriners Children’s Chicago as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.
  • Gifts of Real Estate: Transfer the burden of managing a property and the expense of taxes with a gift of real estate.
  • Gifts of Retirement Plans: By naming Shriners Children’s Chicago as the beneficiary of your retirement account, such as a 401(k) or IRA, you can avoid passing on heavy income and estate taxes to your heirs.
  • Gifts of Stock or Electronic Cash Transfers: Our Development Office works in partnership with individuals and their financial institutions for these transactions.
  • Endowments and Naming Gifts: Give your family name the opportunity to represent something special at Shriners Hospitals for Children. These giving opportunities are closely aligned with a donor’s interest such as building, room or equipment namings, program-specific namings or endowed academic chair namings.

Learn more about these planned giving areas.

Host a Proud Supporter Event

Host a fundraising event to benefit Shriners Children's Chicago. These events can include golf tournaments, bike rides, walks, a fashion show, baseball games or any type of event you can dream up!

After filling out the quick approval form, you will receive a Proud Supporter Toolkit with tips and tricks, fundraising guidelines, pre-approved flyers, fundraising letters, and a pre-approved logo, in addition to other materials, to help you and your event be successful.

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Host a Proud Supporter Online Fundraiser

Share your story and track your fundraising success all in one place through an online campaign for Shriners Children's. Whether you’re running a marathon, hosting an office collection or competition, celebrating a birthday, collecting holiday donations, or highlighting a Shriners Children's Chicago patient you know, this is the one-stop shop for creating your own online fundraising page. You’ll receive tips and tricks to fundraise online and guided steps to build your fundraising page.

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Corporate Partnership, Promotion or Percent of Sales

If you are interested in being a Proud Supporter through a company partnership, promotion or wish to give a percentage of your sales, we greatly appreciate your support. Please email our corporate partnerships team for more information on how we can work together.

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When it comes to fundraising events, the possibilities are endless!

Every dollar you raise helps us provide life-changing, specialized medical care to children, regardless of their families’ ability to pay or insurance status. You can become personally involved in raising much-needed funds on behalf of Shriners Children's Chicago.

Mail checks to:
Development Office
Shriners Children's Chicago
2211 N. Oak Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707

For more information about donating today or planned giving areas for the benefit of Shriners Children’s Chicago, please contact:

Dan Winter, Development Officer
Email: dwinter@shrinenet.org
Phone: 773-385-5805.

Donate Toys, Crafts and Other Items

Purchasing items from our Amazon Charity List is the best way to make sure your gift will be meaningful and useful to patients and families in our care; and to safely and securely send your donation directly to the hospital.

New latex-free toys and other in-kind gifts support programs throughout the hospital and encourage our patients here or as they transition back home. Our hospital gladly accepts donations of new, latex-free items. Unfortunately we cannot accept used toys, used car seats, used cloth diapers, decorative hanging quilts or any items that contain rubber or latex. Donors will be asked to complete a Gift-in-Kind form when they deliver their donation to the hospital.

For more ideas on what to give and where to send, please download this Ideas For Giving list. To learn more about the hospital’s current needs or arrange a larger donation, please contact Mary McCauley, donations coordinator or call 773-385-5588.

Donate Your Vehicle to Benefit Shriners Children's Chicago

Your car donation can help transform children's lives. Each vehicle donated helps Shriners Children’s deliver exceptional healthcare. Please consider any vehicle, running or not, including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, campers, off-road vehicles, planes, heavy equipment, farm machinery, and most other motorized vehicles. The vehicle can be in any condition and picked up from any location. Your vehicle is towed at no cost to you. Complete the online vehicle donation form or call 833-SHC-KIDS (833-742-5437) seven days a week. Learn more about the program. The process is easy, and your gift may qualify as a tax deduction.

Shop with AmazonSmile

You can support Shriners Hospitals for Children just by doing your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com. When you select Shriners Hospitals for Children as your Amazon Smile charity, Amazon will donate .5% of the of the eligible purchases to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

We’re always here for our patients, regardless of a family's ability to pay or insurance status.