Food Education makes a difference in young peoples’ lives both today and in the future. Your gift makes it possible.

One-time Donation

If you would prefer to make your donation via check, please send to:
1516 W. Carroll Street, Suite 1, Chicago, IL 60607.

Make a One-Time Donation

Invest Monthly

If you would prefer to make your donation via check, please send to:
1516 W. Carroll Street, Suite 1, Chicago, IL 60607.

Invest Monthly

Recognition Circles

In 2020, Pilot Light established Recognition Circles to honor individual donors whose generosity helped us build a strong foundation in food education, which continues to sustain our growth. For more information, read about our Recognition Circles or contact MaryBeth Jirgal (


Donor-Advised Funds

If you have a donor-advised fund, DAF Direct enables you to recommend grants to this nonprofit directly from your DAF (as long as your DAF’s sponsoring organization is participating).



Corporate Matching

If your company offers a matching program, you can increase the impact of your donation.  To find out more, please see our overview for Matching Gifts or contact Kathy Argentar ( or 312-952-0117)


Gift of Stock

Would you like to make a gift of stock? Amplify your gift—and your tax deduction—with one simple strategy.  If you are interested, please see our overview on Donating Stock or contact MaryBeth Jirgal at


Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) Charitable Giving Donation 

In December of 2020, Congress passed the CAA, which increased the “above-the-line” charitable-giving tax deduction for those married, filing jointly. Joint filers (who are not itemizing) will now be allowed to take an above-the-line deduction of up to $600 in charitable contributions made during the 2021 tax year (the amount was previously capped at $300 per couple). Individual taxpayers who are not itemizing may continue to deduct up to $300 of charitable contributions. Deductions are effective for the 2021 tax return and directly reduce taxable income. 

Contact Us!

Would you like more information about how your gift will contribute to Pilot Light’s mission? For grants and corporate partnerships, contact Kathy Argentar, Manager of Institutional Giving ( or 312-952-0117). For individual gifts, contact MaryBeth Jirgal, Major Gifts and Events Manager ( or 773-456-5972). We would love to talk to you!

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