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The fastest way to give to Youth Guidance is to make a gift online or by phone:

312-253-4900 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST)

A check made payable to Youth Guidance may be submitted via mail. Please include a note telling us how to direct your gift.

Youth Guidance
ATTN: Development
1 North LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602

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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Youth Guidance every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Youth Guidance. Consider selecting us as your agency of choice and help support Chicago’s youth every time you shop!

Chavez, Reilly, Slemmons, ReillyCreate a deeper connection to Youth Guidance by hosting your own fundraising event! Perhaps your corporation is seeking to expand its philanthropic outreach.  Maybe you’re just looking for a great cause and ways to help others in need. You are welcome to organize and host your own event in support of Youth Guidance!  Our staff is committed to assisting you with everything you may need.

Hosting a fundraising event is a great experience.  Such events play a vital role in raising awareness and increasing our capacity to provide life-changing support to Chicago’s youth.

Getting Started:  Contact events@youth-guidance.org with “Host a Fundraiser” in your subject line, letting us know what type of event you’re thinking about hosting. Be sure to include your contact information. We will reply within two business days to discuss your ideas and offer the support you need to make your event a success.

Financial Guidelines: 100% of net proceeds (event revenue minus expenses) from the third-party event must be donated to Youth Guidance. We’re happy to help you get started!

march - 5To continue to create a future for Chicago with less violence, healthier teens and job-ready graduates, we need your support. You can make a difference and help children in need reach their full potential by making a gift to Youth Guidance. YG Friends, our Monthly Giving Program, makes giving easy! Simply visit our secure online form and select “Make this a monthly gift.”

Monthly giving can have a major impact right now and in the year ahead.  Your generous support ensures that our evidenced-based services reach as many youth, families and communities as possible.  Your gift will be debited by Youth Guidance, reliably and safely, on the 1st or 15th of each month. Bank or credit card statements will include a notation about the monthly gift and will serve as a receipt for tax purposes. In addition, you will receive an annual acknowledgment letter detailing your total contributions.

For more information or to make a donation via phone, please contact Adam Anderson at aanderson@youth-guidance.org or 312-994-8166.

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Questions? Please contact Adam Anderson, Manager of Annual Giving, at dev@youth-guidance.org or 312-994-8166.

givingtreeConsider leaving a legacy of support by making a planned gift to Youth Guidance. Planned gifts allow you to combine your charitable giving goals with your estate and financial planning goals. Your gift will provide lasting benefits to Chicago’s youth for generations to come.

Planned gifts include:

  • Gifts of securities of stock that you’ve had for more than one year.
  • Charitable bequests to Youth Guidance through a will or living trust.
  • Naming Youth Guidance as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement plan.

These gifts help sustain Youth Guidance’s work and help donors create a permanent legacy. In addition, the value of a planned gift may also include tax benefits and possibly some return of income. Your lawyer, accountant or financial advisor can provide further information about the benefits of planned giving.


The Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee BAM Support Fund and The Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee WOW Support Fund.

The Davee Foundation was founded in 1964 by Adeline Barry Davee and Ken Davee. And the tradition continued with Ruth Dunbar Davee, Ken’s second wife. Ruth Dunbar Davee, became president of foundation when her husband died. She would go on to direct it for 13 years, until her death in 2011 at the age of 99.

Since its inception, The Davee Foundation has sought to improve the lives of Chicago area residents through a philanthropic commitment to excellence in higher education, arts, culture. health care, and society– enabling many young people and adults to achieve their dreams. The generous assistance of The Davee Foundation, bestowed on many, has been life-changing.

In 2018, The Davee Foundation created an endowment for BAM and WOW in memory of Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee. Their unbelievable support has enabled our programs to reach even more students, impacting their lives for the better to this day. We are forever grateful”

-Michelle Adler Morrison, CEO of Youth Guidance

To learn more about impacting the life of a young person by making a planned gift or endowment gift to Youth Guidance, please contact Rich Coplan, Director, Individual Giving, at 312-994-8103 or dev@youth-guidance.org.

P1070324Consider committing to a gala sponsorship to help support Chicago’s youth!  To learn more about the wonderful benefits associated with becoming a gala sponsor, Click Here

The best benefit of all, of course, is the long-term impact of your gift—brighter futures! With your help, more youth will graduate from high school, attend college, join the workforce, develop healthy relationships and steer clear of the justice system.

Every gift has the power to change a life!

Questions? Please contact events@youth-guidance.org or 312-994-8137.

P1050267School sponsorships can positively impact the reach, resources and overall efforts of public schools that serve youth in distressed communities. Youth Guidance offers BAM and WOW school sponsorships. Benefits to school sponsors include:

  • Participation in group sessions at the beginning and end of each school year.
  • The option to offer special opportunities for field trips/outings, job shadowing, mock interviews, youth employment and other opportunities with the sponsor organization.
  • Recognition in the Youth Guidance e-Newsletter, Annual Report, website and event program books.
  • An invitation to join the BAM or WOW Advisory Council—groups of civic leaders dedicated to the long-term sustainability of our counseling and prevention programs.

For school sponsorship information, please contact Rich Coplan, Director of Individual Giving, at 312-994-8103 or rcoplan@youth-guidance.org. 

For information on how to make a gift of stock to Youth Guidance, contact Rich Coplan, rcoplan@youth-guidance.org, or by phone 312-994-8103.