Your donations enable Alternatives to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Chicago youth every year through programs ranging from computer training to peer conference, substance abuse counseling to dance.

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At Alternatives, we pride ourselves not only on the effectiveness of our programs, but on the efficiency with which we offer our crucial services to youth and families. Eighty-one cents of every dollar donated ghee directly into program costs, so you know that your donation specifically impacts a young person’s life.

Alternatives, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donation may be tax deductible as perrnitted by law.


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Other Ways to Give


Monthly Gifts
We accept recurring gifts which will automatically process your credit or debit card each month.

Donate stocks or mutual funds
We can accept donations of stocks or mutual funds. If you are interested in making a gift in this way, please contact Monica George at or 773-506-7474.

In-Kind Gifts
Donations of goods or services can be very helpful. In-kind gifts can help us raise money through silent auctions or raffles at special events, and we can also use your donations within programs. For programs, some examples of items that are especially helpful to use include:

  • Gift cards to chain restaurants or stores with a wide range of goods like Target, Walgreens, or CVS
  • Non-perishable snacks like granola bars
  • Art Supplies
  • Technology
  • Ventra Cards
  • Journals or notebooks

To donate gifts-in-kind to Alternatives, Inc. or to inquire if we have a need for your item, please contact Monica George, Director of Development, at 773-506-7474 or


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