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Support Local Nonprofit Organizations With Year-End Donations

This year, nearly 82 percent of local nonprofit organizations have cancelled their fundraisers due to COVID-19. As a result of this challenging financial climate, the DeKalb County Nonprofit Partnership is launching a public awareness campaign, Live Here. Give Here. to highlight the importance of nonprofit organizations and encourage year-end donations to local nonprofits.

“Nonprofit organizations provide critical services to DeKalb County and the effects of COVID-19 are significant,” said DCNP Director, Ben Bingle. “Many nonprofits in the county have been forced to reduce their services, despite increased need from the community. We know times are tough for everyone, but if you are planning year-end donations, we encourage you to consider supporting local nonprofit organizations.”

Local Impact of COVID-19

The effects have been felt across all types of nonprofits and in communities throughout DeKalb County. A few examples of these include Safe Passage of DeKalb County, Open Door Rehabilitation Center, Egyptian Theatre, and the DeKalb County History Center.

Safe Passage is DeKalb County’s domestic violence and sexual assault crisis center. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to skyrocketing rates of domestic violence and abuse. At the same time, the costs of providing services safely and the lack of fundraising opportunity has stretched budgets to the breaking point. In Sandwich, Open Door Rehabilitation Center provides services and programming for some of the most vulnerable citizens in DeKalb County, adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Many individuals served by Open Door have pre-existing conditions and are seniors, two groups at high risk for COVID-19 complications. To date, Open Door has spent over $14,000 on PPE in order to keep its clients and staff safe. This unexpected expense combined with the cancellation of their two largest fundraisers in 2020 has taken a dire financial toll on Open Door. COVID-19 has forced other organizations to completely close to the public for part of this year, including museums, historical societies, and theatres. The Egyptian Theatre went from hosting events every weekend night to an empty calendar for over six months and the DeKalb County History Center closed in mid-March, reopened with limited hours in August, and has not held any in-person programs since the pandemic hit.

Year-End Donations

These are just a few examples of how COVID-19 has impacted DeKalb County’s nonprofit community. Nonprofits touch our lives in so many ways from social services and counseling to recreation and the arts. If you are in a position to give back this year, we encourage you to consider our incredible local nonprofits and all the good they do in communities throughout DeKalb County. Live Here. Give Here.

Donations can be made directly to nonprofit organizations, typically by check payment or by visiting their website and donating via credit card. The following list includes DCNP-member nonprofits and when possible, we have linked directly to their websites for you to learn more about their work.

View List of Nonprofit DCNP Members

DCNP Member Nonprofit Organizations


Act of Grace
Adventure Works of DeKalb County, Inc.
Altrusa International DeKalb County, IL,Inc
Amazing Grace Organization
American Association for Employment in Education – AAEE
American Red Cross/DeKalb Chapter
Arcomusical NFP
Association for Individual Development (AID)
Athletes In Action
Barb City Manor
Barb Food Mart
Barn of Baseline
Ben Gordon Center
Baskets Etc
Bethlehem Evangelist Lutheran Church/Feed My Sheep
BLAC-Building Leaders Advocating Change
Camp Cedar
CASA DeKalb County
Celebration Chorale
Children’s Community Theatre
Children’s Home + Aid
Children’s Learning Center, Inc.
Children’s Learning Center, Inc.
Community Coordinated Child Care
Consumer Advocacy Council of DeKalb County
Cor Cantiamo
Creative & Chosen Brothers
DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc
DeKalb Area Women’s Center
DeKalb County 4-H Foundation
DeKalb County Community Gardens
DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture
DeKalb County History Center
DeKalb County  Pheasants Forever -Chapter 109
DeKalb County Toys for Tots
DeKalb County United
DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau, Inc.
DeKalb Education Foundation
DeKalb Festival Chorus
Egyptian Theatre
Elder Care Services of DeKalb County
Ellwood House Museum
Epilepsy Advocacy Network
Equine Dreams
Everyday Better Initiative
Family Service Agency of DeKalb County
Farmworker & Landscaper Advocacy Project (FLAP)
Fox Valley Community Services
Friends of the Sycamore Library
Friends of the DeKalb County Drug Court
Friends of the DeKalb Public Library
Friends of the DeKalb Regional Office of Education
Genoa-Kingston Food Pantry
Genoa-Kingston United Way
Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois
Girls on the Run of Northern Illinois
Goodfellows of DeKalb/Sycamore
Gurler House/Gurler Heritage Association
Habitat for Humanity of DeKalb County
Hinckley Area Food Pantry at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ
Hinckley Festival Association NFP
Hinckley Historical Society
Hope Haven
Horsepower Therapeutic Riding
Huskie Food Pantry
Joseph Glidden Homestead and Historical Center
Just Make It Happen, Inc.
Kirkland Historical Society
Kishwaukee College Foundation
Kishwaukee Concert Band
Kishwaukee Family YMCA
Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Kishwaukee United Way
Kishwaukee Valley Art League
Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society
Lions Club of Waterman
Lions of Illinois Foundation
Little Lambs Preschool-Immanuel Lutheran Church
Live Learn and Lead
Love Our Neighbors- a ministry of Crossroads Community Church-Sycamore Campus
Love In the Name of Christ DeKalb/Sycamore
Neighbors’ House
Network of Nations, Inc.
North Grove School Association
Northwestern Memorial Foundation at Kishwaukee Hospital
Oaken Acres Wildlife Center
Open Door Health Center of Illinois
Open Door Rehabilitation Center
Opportunity House, Inc.
Passion Pursuit
Pay-It-Forward House, NFP
Pushing Together
RAMP-Regional Access and Mobilization Project, Inc.
Randy’s Rescue
Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue
Safe Passage
Salvation Army
Sandwich Opera House
Sandwich Park Foundation
Shabbona Pathway Committee
St. Vincent de Paul- St. Mary/ Christ the Teacher Conference
St. Mary’s School
Stage Coach Players
Summer Lunch and More
Sycamore Lions Club
Sycamore Sports Boosters
Tails Humane Society
Tanzania Development Support
United Leukodystrophy Foundation
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb Welcome Essentials Pantry
Voluntary Action Center of DeKalb County
Walcamp Outdoor Ministries
Waterman Community Chest
We Care Pregnancy Clinic
Youth Outlook

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