Every Dollar Will Help Ensure
Our Students Go to College

With your help: 100% of our students will attend 4-year colleges & universities!

Why Donate?

  • Minds Matter of Chicago is a 501(c)(3) organization so your donation is tax-deductible.
  • Our organization is run by volunteers. While we have grown to the point where we'll be adding a part-time administrative assistant, 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.

Corporate Sponsorship

Make a direct impact in the community!
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. Your donation 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 celebrating our students’ acceptance to summer academic programs and full-time, 4-year colleges and universities.

Take part in an exciting, young and successful organization.  

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.


  • Strengthen your Chicago 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.
  • Connect your Corporate Brand to "Doing Good":
    Increasingly, the professionals you seek to hire and retain care about their company's give-back position in the local community. With your participation, you and your employees are supporting an organization with a proven track record. Plus, our roster of volunteers come from a wide variety of leading 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 firm's reputation as a leader.
  • Join the ranks of our current prominent donors:
    Over our 10-year history, Minds Matter Chicago is fortunate to have a history of being 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:


Whether you are a corporate sponsor or individual donor, 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 or events

Thank You To Our Loyal Supporters

We are eager to propel Minds Matter forward.

On behalf of our students, volunteers and staff, thank you for your ongoing support of this very special organization.

Just To Name A Few...

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Help Make Dreams Come True!

Your donation will make the dreams of a deserving student come true:

Dreams of acceptance letters from dream schools...

Dreams of pursuing passions...

Dreams of transforming communities...

Dreams of transforming families, as many students are 1st in their family to attend college...

YOUR dream of giving back, in an important way, to our future here in Chicago!