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Giving Tuesday • Tuesday, November 28th

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We invite you to make a donation that is significant to you as we together address the needs of our neighbors in 2024, including newly arrived, asylum-seeking families, violence prevention and community resilience, educational opportunities for all, stable and affordable housing, health equity, environmental sustainability, and vibrant, family-owned small business growth.

Donate today, and thank you!

Help Us and Help your Neighbors

North River Commission has served the Northwest Side of Chicago for over 61 years, and we work with you to improve the quality of life for all. Your generous support adds to our capacity to create affordable housing, quality education, equitable health services, community safety and resilience, arts & cultural endeavors, open spaces, environmental sustainability, and thriving neighborhood businesses.

Our work together is only possible through a diverse mix of funding, including individuals, organizations, institutions, businesses, government, and foundations. Thank you for your donation and being part of our success together.  Jump to our Donate page to support our work.

With a year of continuing hardship in our communities served by North River Commission, your support is essential to advance our work into the coming years.
We ask you to include North River Commission in your philanthropic giving this year, so that together we can make 2024 a year of growth and resilience. Thank you! Click here to donate.

Donations to NRC Support Comprehensive Community Development

  • Economic Development

    North River Commission brings your voice into development projects to inform the process and improve results. North River Commission creates thriving business districts and provides direct support to small businesses through its Albany Park Chamber of Commerce. North River Commission is the service provider for the Albany Park & Irving Park Special Service Area (SSA#60).

  • Education

    North River Commission supports the 25 CPS schools in our area, by working with students, parents, teachers and administrators to bring resources to our schools. North River Commission provides extensive after school education at four local schools: Albany Park Multicultural Academy, Bateman Elementary, Palmer Elementary, and Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center. Haugan Elementary and Hibbard Elementary utilize the Parent Mentoring Program to activate parent volunteers to assist teachers in their classrooms.

  • Housing

    North River Commission operates Mayfair Commons Senior Apartments at Elston and Lawrence with 97 units and 115 low-income seniors. NRC works with landlords, tenants, and community partners to secure resources that improve quality and preserve affordability. NRC creates affordable housing through partnerships with our communities, developers, and government.

  • Community Safety

    North River Commission builds safer and more resilient communities through an array of community partners and strategies, including community activations, expanded educational and vocational opportunities, increased behavioral health services and victim family services.

  • Community Health

    North River Commission builds more equitable access to health services through an array of community partners including Northwest Center and Chicago Department of Health.

  • Environment and Open Spaces

    North River Commission promotes sustainability, development of open space and recreation resources, implementation of flooding solutions at the home and neighborhood levels, and tree planting in parks and parkways. The Save Your Ash campaign has saved hundreds of Ash trees through direct donations by area residents.

  • Arts and Culture

    North River Commission joins with community and arts partners to enhance arts offerings and promote cultural events to increase participation. We have created public art murals and installations throughout our communities.

Make a tax-deductible donation today

North River Commission thrives on the support of people like you who care about building better communities on the northwest side of Chicago. We work for you, and your support creates our capacity to serve our communities.

North River Commission is a qualified IRS section 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and therefore your contributions are deductible to the full extent of the law. We welcome your questions about the positive impact that your contributions make on the people and communities that we serve.

To make a donation with a check, please make your check payable to North River Commission. Mail your check to:

Thomas Applegate
North River Commission
3403 W Lawrence Ave Ste 201
Chicago IL 60625

Questions: If you have any questions about our work or about making a donation, please contact Thomas Applegate, Executive Director at 312-860-6121 or by email:


Please make a contribution today in an amount that is significant for you. Thank you!