At Families Together, we fundraise to support our sliding scale tuition model and make our school more accessible to families at all income levels, to offer our staff a living wage with benefits, and to support our diversity, anti-oppression and belonging initiatives.

Donate online through PayPal:

You can set up one-time or recurring donations through Paypal using this Donate button.

Donate via Zelle/Chase QuickPay:

Make your donation quickly and easily using Zelle/Chase QuickPay. Designate “” as the recipient.

Donate via Mail:

Mail your donation to: FTCNS, 1500 W. Elmdale Ave., Chicago, IL 60660

Wondering about honorary donations?

It’s really special when donors make their gifts in honor of current or former students or staff members, or anyone in their life who has inspired them to give back. Please drop us a line to let us know if this is an honorary gift, and how we can get in touch with the person you’re honoring with this donation.

If you would like to make an anonymous donation:

Please contact Business Manager Kate Brenner at or 773-381-5200 if you would like your donation to be anonymous.


See if your company will match your gift:

Many companies will match employees’ charitable contributions to eligible nonprofit organizations. This is a great way to extend the impact of your gift to FTCNS. Check with your HR department to see whether your company will match your gift and what the procedure is for doing so. We can provide any needed documentation or help you fill out required forms.

Participate in one of our fundraising events:

We offer lots of fundraising opportunities throughout the year, like givebacks with local companies and restaurants. Follow us on Facebook to be sure to hear about upcoming fundraising events!

Amazon SmileThe AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, at no cost to you. Visit or the Amazon app to get started. Choose Families Together Cooperative Nursery School as your charity and shop via Amazon Smile. To make it extra easy, remember to bookmark

For Small Hands – Check out this wonderful catalog of Montessori inspired children’s toys, tools, and equipment ( Each fall we partner with For Small Hands – if you order before 12/31 and enter our school’s id (222380) when you check out, FTCNS gets 10% of each $25+ order placed to use toward purchases for the classrooms.  

FTCNS is a private, non-profit preschool program in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. FTCNS is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and, as such, your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Additionally, we are registered with the Illinois Secretary of State as a not-for-profit corporation. Please contact a qualified tax professional for more information.


If you have any questions about fundraising at FTCNS, please reach out to Kate Brenner at, or to one of our board fundraising co-chairs: and Thank you for your support!