Chicago Lights is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Chicago.

Brought to life by members of Fourth Presbyterian Church on North Michigan Avenue back in 1964, Chicago Lights seeks to support and meet the needs of children, youth, and adults facing the challenges of poverty in our city.


Our Mission and History

We¬†provide hope and opportunity to our city’s children, youth, and adults who face the challenges of poverty. Through supportive relationships and diverse programs, we empower people to thrive academically, secure economic stability, lead healthy lives, and build community.

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About 20 full-time staff members from a variety of backgrounds and with varied expertise, as well as nearly 20 part-time employees, work together to make the five programs of Chicago Lights a success.

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Board of Directors

The members of Chicago Lights Board of Directors are generous with their time, resources, and networks as they provide fiduciary and programmatic oversight and set the strategic vision for the organization.

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Associates Board

The Chicago Lights Associates Board is an enthusiastic group of young professionals working to promote the mission of Chicago Lights by raising awareness of Chicago Lights and its programs through special events, volunteer opportunities, and fundraising activities.

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Visit our newsroom to find highlights from Chicago Lights programs and past events, as covered by local and national media.

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Annual Report

Chicago Lights’ outreach to 4,000 individuals facing the challenges of poverty would not be possible without the support and generosity of our devoted donor households, partners, corporations and foundations, and volunteers.

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