Support Jewish Council for Youth Services Today

Since its inception, JCYS has been – and remains today – an independent organization. As we are unaffiliated with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, we gratefully receive support through individual gifts, corporate donations, foundation and government grants and special event fundraisers.

This support allows the agency to serve more than 10,000 individuals of all ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds, provide affordable (or no-cost) programs to participants, and offer families more than $100,000 in scholarship dollars annually.

Learn more about giving opportunities below and donate online, or contact Molly Hill, Director of Development, at (312) 726-8891, ext. 115 or

Donations may also be sent directly to:

Jewish Council for Youth Services
150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 640
Chicago, Illinois  60601

Giving Opportunities

Scholarship and Program Support

All JCYS programs support children and families in need. Your donation can go in support of any specific program or JCYS Family Center, or can be made to the agency as a whole.  Donate here.


Congratulate a friend or family member, honor someone’s memory or recognize a coworker for a job well done with JCYS commemoration cards.  Donate here.

In-Kind Donations

JCYS accepts donations of goods and services from community members and businesses. These gifts include auction donations, as well as toys, sports equipment, art supplies and more for our family centers and summer programs.   Contact Molly Hill for more information.

Gifts of Stock

JCYS accepts gifts of stock, with proceeds supporting agency programs and operating costs.  Contact Molly Hill for more information.

Capital Campaign Gifts

JCYS is always growing and improving. If you would like to support a specific site through renovations or additions, please contact the Development Department to learn what is possible.

A Second Century Capital Campaign
JCYS is expanding to meet the needs of our families in the Wicker Park neighborhood by building the new Michael R. Lutz Family Center. Set to open in Autumn 2016, please contact Gabi Sulman at (312) 726-8891, ext. 113 or if you are interested in naming opportunities or how you can help in our latest development.

Major Gifts/Endowments

Your substantial contribution can support a program or service now and into the future with a major gift or endowment.  Donate here.

Planned Giving: JCYS Visionary Circle

Our history of over a century of programs and services illuminates our continuity.  Become a member of the JCYS Visionary Circle by pledging your continued support to the mission of JCYS and ensure that future generations will benefit from JCYS programs and services.

Online Shopping: Amazon Smile

Give to JCYS simply by shopping online!  Jewish Council for Youth Services is a non-profit recipient through Amazon Smile.  When making your next purchase, simply visit, search for “Jewish Council for Youth Services” and select our organization in Chicago, Illinois.  For every purchase you make through Amazon Smile, our organization receives 0.5% of your total purchase.

Now that’s something to smile about!

Jewish Council For Youth Services

Giving Tuesday

#Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Please donate to JCYS on #GivingTuesday.