Why Donate?

  • Minds Matter of Chicago is a 501(c)(3) organization so your donation is tax deductible.
  • Our organization is completely run by volunteers – 98% of your contribution goes directly to the students.
  • Each Minds Matter student needs approximately $10,000 to cover summer program costs, study materials, and college application expenses.
  • We work hard to make the most of every dollar donated.
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Corporate Sponsorship

  • Make a direct impact.
    Every $2,500 donated makes college a closer reality for a student in the Minds Matter program by supporting the cost of their participation for one year. The money goes directly to books, supplies, and summer program tuition costs. We measure the effectiveness of donations by tracking SAT/ACT score improvement, vocabulary improvement, and increases in writing and critical thinking skills. Our ultimate benchmark is students’ acceptance to summer academic programs and full-time college.

Take part in an exciting, young and successful organization. Minds Matter has grown 100% per year and plans to match that rate for the next few years. Our impact in the community is limited only by the financial support we receive. Every year we turn away eager applicants to the Minds Matter program due to lack of funding, and we need your help to change that!

  • Strengthen your community.
    Our 49 students attend Chicago inner-city schools and come from families with an average combined household income of $25,562, yet they maintain an average 3.5/4.0 grade point average. Participating inner-city schools include Cristo Rey, John Hope, Dyett, and Jones High School.
  • Grow your own network.
    Communicate your company’s message to a strong network of Chicago professionals. Our volunteers come from a wide variety of local firms and graduate schools, including: AST DewTour, AT Kearney, CDW, Deloitte, DRW Trading Group, Ernst & Young, GTCR Golder Rauner, Google, HSBC, Kaplan, KPMG, McDonald’s, Nielsen, Northwestern University, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Pritzker Realty, Sears Holdings, Skyline Capital Management, and the University of Chicago. Reinforce your reputation as a leader.
  • Join the ranks of our current prominent donors.
    Minds Matter of Chicago is fortunate to be supported by a number of generous Chicago organizations including the Boeing Foundation, Battle Family Foundation, Cressey Foundation, Ernst & Young, GTCR Golder Rauner, Irwin Foundation, Lawyers Lend-a-Hand, Levi Strauss, Madison Dearborn Partners, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Saul & Devorah Sherman Fund, and Trukenbrod Foundation.

To learn more about corporate sponsorship, please email us at

There are many ways to show your support for Minds Matter Chicago:

  • Individual donation
  • Attend a fundraising event
  • Donate auction items
  • Donate space for weekly sessions