Ways to Give

Erika’s Lighthouse is expanding its presence across the country. Our no-cost depression education programming provides a message of hope that raises awareness about adolescent depression, promotes good mental health, empowers teens and supports educators. Please join us. Together, we can Get Depression Out of the Dark.

Make A Donation

Your generosity enables us to continue educating teens and changing school cultures to be more inclusive, empathetic and knowledgeable about depression and mental health. When making a gift online, you can choose to make a one-time payment or enroll in our monthly giving program. Donate Online >

Send a Check
Simply make checks out to Erika’s Lighthouse and send them to our mailing address.
Erika’s Lighthouse
PO Box 616
Winnetka, IL 60093

Donor-Advised Fund
To direct a gift to Erika’s Lighthouse from your donor advised fund, use the widget to the left or simply share our legal name, address and federal tax ID.
Legal name: Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression
Mailing Address: PO Box 616, Winnetka, IL 60093
Federal Tax ID: 20-1069100

Tribute Gifts

A tribute gift to Erika’s Lighthouse is a unique and meaningful way to honor someone dear to you or to memorialize the passing of an individual who has touched your life. When you make a tribute gift, the individual or family of the loved one whom you are honoring or memorializing can be notified of your thoughtfulness with a personalized acknowledgment, if requested. In return, you can be assured your gift is supporting Erika’s Lighthouse mission. You can make a tribute gift online, or contact Meade Means at [email protected] or 847.386.6481 for more information.

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Estate Gifts

Gift commitments made today will secure Erika’s Lighthouse future to continue educating teens about depression and mental health. If you have arranged or are interested in preparing for a future gift to Erika’s Lighthouse through your financial or estate plan, please let us know. We would be grateful for the opportunity to thank you and to recognize your generosity.
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IRA Charitable Rollover

If you are 70 ½ or older, a charitable gift transferred directly from your IRA to Erika’s Lighthouse will not be taxed and will qualify toward your required minimum distribution. Simply provide your administrator with our legal name, address and federal tax ID.
Legal name: Erika’s Lighthouse: A Beacon of Hope for Adolescent Depression
Mailing Address: PO Box 616, Winnetka, IL 60093
Federal Tax ID: 20-1069100

Gifts of Stock

A gift of an appreciated asset can provide capital gains tax savings. Ask your broker to include the following information when the securities are transferred. Please also notify us to ensure timely and accurate acknowledgment and receipt.

By electronic transfer – Please contact Brandon Combs at [email protected] or 847.386.6481 for the organization’s brokerage account information.

By certified mail – If you hold securities in certificate form, you will need to mail two envelopes separately to complete your gift. In the first envelope, place the unsigned stock certificate(s). In the other envelope, include a signed stock power for each certificate. You may obtain this power from your broker or bank. Please remember to use certified mail.

There are special rules for valuing a gift of stock. The value of a charitable gift of stock is determined by taking the mean between the high and low stock price on the date of the gift. Mutual fund shares are valued using the closing price for the fund on the date of the gift.

Corporate Partnerships

A corporate partnership with Erika’s Lighthouse provides you with a valuable opportunity to align your brand with national mental health programs while communicating to your customers and employees your commitment to the community they live and work. Contact Brandon Combs at [email protected] or 847.386.6481.


Erika’s Lighthouse actively seeks private foundations to partner in our programming and expand our reach. The philanthropic support provided by private foundations is essential to ensuring that Erika’s Lighthouse can continue to educate teens about depression and mental health. For more information, contact Meade Means at [email protected] or 847.386.6481.


Other Opportunities

Erika’s Lighthouse is open to new and creative ways to partner. Contact Brandon Combs at [email protected] or 847.386.6481.

Please know that nothing on this page is meant to replace the advice of legal or accounting professionals. Sample language and options are provided for consideration only. 

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