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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:
Chicago Tribune: Donated gift cards fill Chicago's Love Fridges in pandemic
November 2020 (info for California donors)
Please join us for BUILD A BACKPACK 2020!
Follow the link below to find out what to include in the backpacks Get 4 FREE Brookfield Zoo tickets for each backpack donated!
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.Read More
Letters to Santa 2020
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.Read More