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Ways to Give

Start Early relies on your generosity to deliver quality early learning and care that can transform the lives of young children
and families.


Mail Your Gift

If you prefer to give a gift via handwritten check or form, simply make checks out to Start Early and send them to our mailing address below. If you would like to make your donation with a credit card, in honor of or in memory of a loved one, please fill out this form and include it when mailing your gift.

Start Early
C/O PNC Bank
Lockbox # 775767
350 East Devon Ave.
Itasca, IL 60143

Need help? Email our team.

More Ways to Give

Donate Crypto

Mother holding child at Educare SeattleDonating cryptocurrency is another way you can support Start Early’s mission. We accept donations in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and over 100 additional leading cryptocurrencies. Learn more.

Gifts of Stock or Investments

Gifts of publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value allow you to avoid capital gains taxes, while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift.*

To make a gift of stocks or investments, please send your broker’s fax number or email address to Our team will then share instructions on how to transfer stock directly to Start Early’s brokerage account.

To ensure that we correctly acknowledge you as the donor of the transferred stock, please also provide the following information:

  • Donor name and contact information
  • Name of the stock
  • Number of shares
  • Date of the stock transfer

If you are interested in making a gift of stock or investment and would like to learn more, email

*Start Early is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are deductible as allowed by law. Please speak with your financial adviser about the deductibility of your gift.

Matching Gift

Double your impact with your company’s matching gift program

Many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage employees to donate to organizations with missions that matter to them. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar and can double, triple, or even quadruple the impact of your gift.

Please reach out to your employer to inquire about matching gift opportunities to extend the impact of your gift.

You can email your matching gift form (which your employer will provide) to or send it to our mailing address:

Start Early
C/O PNC Bank
Lockbox # 775767
350 East Devon Ave.
Itasca, IL 60143

Our EIN number is 36-3186328.

Planned Giving

The Irving B. Harris Legacy Community at Start Early can help align your values with long-term legacy. Legacy gifts enable us to evolve in response to changing, priority needs and to invest in solutions for transformational change.

Will or Living Trust

A gift in your will is an impactful way to support Start Early. You can ensure your gift by including us in your will at any time.

To learn how to make a legacy gift to Start Early, email

Beneficiary Gift

Beneficiary designations include IRAs or Retirement Plan, Life Insurance Policy and Commercial Annuity. It only takes three steps to name Start Early as a beneficiary:

  1. Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form.
  2. Decide what percentage (1% to 100%) you would like Start Early to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form.
  3. Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution.

Read our Gift Acceptance Policy for detail on the gift types that are accepted by Start Early.

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