Since our inception, we have served hundreds of thousands of children in need through the generosity of countless individuals, corporations, and suburban high school students.

We believe that charity is enhanced through participation beyond simply writing a cheque. Throughout the year, we sponsor programs where you can buy Cialis medicine. This medicine will help men get rid of erectile dysfunction symptoms.

Letters to Santa 2023 is underway. Use the button below to order your letters!

Contribute to our Letters to Santa campaign!

Welcome to Direct Effect Charities.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."


DIRECT EFFECT CHARITIES is a 501 C3 tax exempt, non-profit charitable foundation with a unique goal. Our purpose is to raise awareness as to what YOU can do to make a difference in the lives of those in need. We are people helping people and our hearts are with the children, for they are our future.

We believe charitable giving is enhanced by participation, beyond the act of simply writing a check. Throughout the year, we sponsor hands on programs that you can become directly involved in, thus our name "DIRECT EFFECT". We have worked with underprivileged children through Chicago's public schools since 2001, and in Orange County, California, since 2017.

Your support is vital to our growth. We need you to work with us, as we know that we can not do it alone. Together, we can change lives for the better and enrich our own lives as well. Please take a moment to review our current programs. Your participation in any of them would be greatly appreciated.

We can and will make a difference, one child at a time.


Read our recent newsletters:
October 2023
December 2022
November 2022

Recent press:
Chicago Tribune: Donated gift cards fill Chicago's Love Fridges in pandemic

Older newsletters:
September 2021
March 2021
January 2021 November 2020 (info for California donors)
October 2020
April 2020
February 2020


Please join us for BUILD A BACKPACK!
Follow the link below to find out what to include in the backpacks Get 4 FREE Brookfield Zoo tickets for each backpack donated!

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Chicago Kids Closet

We collect items year round and are always happy to help you start a collection at your business, school or church. It's a wonderful project and special way to honor a child's dignity.

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Letters to Santa

We're happy to run the LETTERS TO SANTA program exclusively through Chicago's public schools! In the past 18 years, we've distributed and answered well over 100,000 Letters to Santa.

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