Every contribution is important, no matter the size. Your gift strengthens Chicago’s inner-city Catholic schools through scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, school facility improvements, faculty support, operating grants and so much more!

Because of an endowment formed by early board members and income from investments, Big Shoulders is able to distribute 100 percent of contributions to support the mission of 77 Catholic schools. These schools serve as beacons of hope for generations of children and families regardless of their ethnic, racial, or religious backgrounds.

For the tenth year in a row, Big Shoulders Fund received a Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent evaluator of charities.  Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Big Shoulders excels, compared to other charities in America, in successfully managing the finances of our organization in an efficient and stable manner. This consistency in our rating is an exceptional feat.

There are many ways to make a tax-deductible gift to support Big Shoulders Fund.

Cash Gifts
Mail checks to Big Shoulders Fund at 212 West Van Buren, Suite 900, Chicago, IL, 60607.

Click here to make a secure online credit card donation for unrestricted purposes, scholarships, or Auxiliary Board Membership.

Click here to support a member of the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team.
Matching Gifts
Contact your company’s Human Resources Department or employer to determine if your gift to Big Shoulders can be matched to increase its impact on the schools we serve. More than 22,000 companies offer matching gift programs on behalf of their employees. Typically, donors must initiate the matching gift by including their organization’s matching gift form with their donation to the Big Shoulders Fund.

Planned Gifts
Make a planned gift arrangement or bequest, and join the Joseph Society, named in honor of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin who helped start the Big Shoulders Fund. This group is comprised of friends who have made a special commitment, through a planned gift arrangement, to the children attending Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. If you are interested in learning more about planned giving visit our website or contact Rebecca Lindsay-Ryan at 312.751.3851 /

Gifts of Securities
Make a gift of securities (stock), and have your broker contact Big Shoulders to transfer the shares to our account. Please contact Linda Rossi for further information or to contribute your gift of securities at 312.751.5294 /

Make a multi-year pledge to Big Shoulders Fund to support one of our many programs, such as the Patrons Program, scholarship assistance, capital projects or for the greatest need.  For more information on how your multi-year pledge can make a difference, please contact Joshua Hale at 312.751.5395 /

Help us to continue to be the Big Shoulders that carry a child’s dreams by Donating Now!