Other ways to give

Looking for another way to give?


Estate Planning

Planned giving arrangements can benefit both donor and charity. You can direct cash, stock or tangible assets to a charity, minimizing taxes and allowing you to leave more to your family. Following are some popular giving devices. This information is not legally binding; please consult an attorney for advice.

  • Bequests - Name MEF in your will. Sample language: "I hereby give and bequeath [name dollar amount or percentage of the residue of your estate] to Midtown Educational Foundation, located at 718 S. Loomis Street, Chicago IL 60607 (tax ID #36-3417278), or its successors-in-interest, to be used for general charitable purposes."

  • Life insurance - You don't need a large estate to make a significant gift.

  • Donor Advised Fund – Create your own “charitable checkbook.”

  • Charitable Lead Trust - An innovative way to pass appreciating assets on to family members while making gifts in the interim.

  • Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust - Make a large gift and receive a fixed-income payout each year.

  • Charitable Remainder Unitrust - Make a large gift and receive a flexible source of retirement income.

  • Retirement Plan – As with trusts, you can list charitable organizations as the beneficiaries of your retirement fund assets.

  • Retained Life Estate - Receive a large deduction by donating a residence while retaining the right to live there for life.

Your legacy can help sustain MEF's work for generations to come. For details, please contact your estate planning advisor. To learn more about MEF, please contact MEF’s Managing Director of Advancement Brent Bridwell at (312) 738-8300 or bbridwell@midtown-metro.org.

Stock Transfers


MEF can accept gift cards as donations. Through our partnership with Raise, we are now able to convert gift cards (of any amount, to any store) into a cash donation for MEF kids! If you have unused gifts cards collecting dust in your wallet or desk drawer, please consider donating them in support of MEF programs and services. You can mail your gift cards to: Midtown Educational Foundation | 718 S. Loomis Chicago IL 60607 or drop them in the collection boxes in the Midtown and Metro volunteer centers. Contact Pam at pwilliams@midtown-metro.org with any questions.


When you do your shopping at AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Midtown Educational Foundation. Bookmark the link http://smile.amazon.com/ch/36-3417278 and support us every time you shop.

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Maximize the impact of your donation with a matching gift from your company! Most companies sponsor matching gift programs as an employee benefit and are eager to support local charities that do good in the community. Please contact human resources at your firm today to learn more. Contact Brent Bridwell if you have questions about setting up a matching gift. MEF's EIN number is 36-3417278.


Midtown and Metro welcome donated supplies or equipment from corporations, schools, or community organizations. Examples include school supplies, exercise equipment, furniture, electronics, etc. If you are interested in donating any supplies, please contact the Midtown Director or Metro Director.



For questions on additional specific funding opportunities, contact Brent Bridwell.