Donate to CFF

Your generosity to Children First Fund, the Chicago Public Schools Foundation, benefits hundreds of thousands of students in school communities across Chicago.

You make this work possible.


You have a trusted partner in CFF.

We treat your contribution with care and ensure its efficient use. By operating both with and within CPS, we’re best positioned to maximize impact for supporters of Chicago’s students.

94 cents of every dollar donated to Children First Fund goes directly to support CPS students, programs, and services. CFF is consistently recognized at GuideStar’s Platinum level, affirming our organization’s commitment to transparency and fidelity in all that we do.


Ways to Give


For many individual and corporate partners, the easiest way to give directly to CFF is online, via Network for Good, our dedicated fundraising platform.

For any of our online giving initiatives, you can make a one-time gift or choose to make a recurring contribution (i.e. monthly).



Please make checks payable to: Children First Fund
Send checks to:

Children First Fund
℅ FBRK Impact House
200 W. Madison St.
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Donor Advised Funds (DAF)

DAF Direct

For supporters with accounts through Fidelity CharitableSchwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon, DAF Direct provides a convenient option to directly support Children First Fund.

If you have a donor advised fund (DAF), DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to this nonprofit directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating).

Donate through DAF Direct

To direct a gift to CFF from your donor advised fund through another provider, simply share our legal name, address and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation

Mailing Address:

Children First Fund
℅ FBRK Impact House
200 W. Madison St.
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60606

Federal Tax ID (EIN): 36-4094830

Please contact Johanna Wheaton at with any questions.

Planned Giving

If you have arranged or are interested in preparing for a future gift to Children First Fund through your financial or estate plan, please let us know. Gifts of any amount are welcome, and CFF’s Director of Major Gifts is happy to work with you and your financial advisors.

Fundraise for CFF

Activate your passions for a great cause. Peer-to-peer fundraising provides you with unique opportunities to share what you’re passionate about with your networks. 

Our generous community finds many creative ways to support Chicago’s students. You can motivate yourself and inspire others by raising funds while running a marathon. Or ‘donate’ a birthday with a Facebook Fundraiser. Have a different idea for a fundraiser? Let’s discuss!

Fundraise for CFF with a customize Network For Good page

We will work with you to create a dedicated fundraising page for your company, organization, or community. See a sample fundraising page; contact Hutton Phillips to get started.

Fundraise for CFF through Facebook 

Create a personal fundraiser on Facebook benefitting Children First Fund.

Electronic Transfer

To make an electronic donation, please contact CFF for bank information and account details.

Please connect with Johanna Wheaton, our Director of Major Gifts, at with any additional questions.

Stocks and Securities

Children First Fund gladly accepts gifts of stock or securities. You may instruct your broker to transfer the chosen securities to our securities partner. Please contact CFF for brokerage information and account details.

Please contact Johanna Wheaton, our Director of Major Gifts, at with the details of your generous gift so that it can be properly directed and acknowledged.

Tributes and Honorary Gifts

Add a tribute note to the donor scroll when you donate online. Or contact us to discuss the best way to honor the person, experience, or cause important to you.

Matching Gifts

You may be able to double or even triple the impact of your support. Ask your company if they match employee donations.

Visit our Give Through Partners page for information from a few popular employee giving platforms CFF already partners with.

Donating Technology and Other In-Kind

CFF helps facilitate in-kind donations of new computers and other classroom technology, school supplies, books and literacy materials approved by CPS’ Literacy Department, and more. 

To contact CFF about potential in-kind contributions, please visit our Give In-Kind page and fill out the short form.

Donations of gently used devices are handled by partner organization Comp-u-dopt. They are able to refurbish used devices and donate them to Chicago families. Please review their website and submit a donation request form to make a donation through the organization.

Donations are Tax Deductible

All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Children First Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. EIN 36-4094830.


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