Join the Mission


Help Open Doors

The Settlement's programs and their lasting impact are made possible by your generous support. Your donations pay for outstanding educational opportunities in the classroom and in the outdoors, after school programs, assistance for families in need and much more.

Support Our Mission

Settlement House

Give By Check

If you prefer to give by check, please make them payable to Northwestern Settlement, and mail them to the address below:

Northwestern Settlement
Attn: Katie Taylor
1400 West Augusta Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60642

Give In Kind

Give In Kind

Have gently used clothing, furniture, or other items? The Settlement also accepts a wide range of gifts for our programs. Contact us with any questions or to arrange a donation! See wish lists of items needed for each program:

Wish Lists



Northwestern Settlement is a 501(c)(3) legal, designated charity that serves needy children and families of Chicago’s west side. 100% of your donation is tax-deductible.


Join Settlement stakeholders for fun and impactful events.

Camp Night

House In The Wood Camp Gala is  an annual evening of cocktails, silent and live auctions, as well as dinner and dancing hosted by the North Shore Board to benefit House In The Wood.

Style Under the Stars

Style Under the Stars, hosted by the Winnetka Board includes wine, appetizers, and vignettes by local merchants, as well as a runway fashion show, raffle and more.

Literacy Fair

MLK Day Literacy Fair, held by AmeriCorps Project YES!, honors the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., by celebrating world diversity with literacy activities, workshops, and book giveaways.

During the holidays, board members, volunteers, and friends of the Settlement come together for Basket Packing, filling bags of food for our neighbors to make holiday meals.

Spring for the Settlement

Spring for the Settlement is an annual cocktail part and silent auction hosted by the Chicago Young Professionals Board.

Full Events Calendar


Northwestern Settlement has volunteer opportunities for corporate, student, and church groups, as well as individuals looking to make a difference.

Help In The Food Pantry

Handing out food and stocking shelves at the food pantry

Usher at the Theater

Ushering at Adventure Stage Chicago productions

Volunteer in the Classroom

Providing classroom support at our preschool or Rowe Elementary

Distributing Toys at the Holidays

Distributing toys to families during the holidays

For more information please contact Adel Johnson.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Full Volunteer Calendar

Auxiliary Boards

Each of Northwestern Settlement’s Auxiliary Boards provide financial and hands-on support to the Settlement. Most of the Boards focus their work on specific Settlement programs, while also providing a stronger connection to the community the Settlement serves. Much like the variety of programs offered by the Settlement, there is a variety of Boards and activities to get involved in. Read about each board below to learn more.

Evanston Woman's Board

Founded in 1909

The Evanston Woman's Board was Northwestern Settlement's first board, formed in 1909. Since then, the Evanston Woman's Board has raised significant funds for the Settlement through an annual Dollar Letter appeal and supports the Settlement through its endowment.

The Evanston Woman’s Board volunteers and contributes frequently to capital projects that maintain the historic, Chicago landmark Settlement House building.
Learn More

Winnetka Board

Founded in 1923

Since 1923, the Winnetka Board has provided financial and hands-on support to Northwestern Settlement in a variety of ways. Their Annual Fundraiser, Style Under the Stars, is an elegant style and fashion show that attracts hundreds of North Shore women every fall. Each May, the Summer Edition focuses on the delightful boutiques of Hubbard Woods.

There are many ways for members to get involved at the Settlement, but especially important to the Board is volunteering at Rowe Elementary School.
Learn More

North Shore Board

Founded in 1936

The North Shore Board of Northwestern Settlement was founded in 1936 to raise funds to maintain House In The Wood camp in Delavan, WI. The Board hosts an annual charity auction; this year's Camp Night will be held Saturday, October 21st at the Morgan Manufacturing. The all-volunteer board participates in several hands-on activities including St. Patrick’s Day bingo with the Golden Agers, the Mother’s Day Gift Room for preschool and after-school children, North Shore Board Day at Camp, Thanksgiving Dinner for Settlement families, and Christmas basket packing and Adopt-A-Family during the holidays.
Learn More


Park Ridge Board

Founded in 1989

The Park Ridge Board was founded in 1989 by Carole Par, whose husband John was born across the street from the Settlement and spent most of his childhood there. The Park Ridge Board is the only couples board of the Settlement where both husband and wife are encouraged to participate together.

Chicago Young Professionals Board

Founded in 2004

The Chicago Young Professionals Board was formed in 2004 and is the young professionals Auxiliary Board. The Chicago Young Professionals Board hosts an annual Spring for the Settlement party in the spring, and especially enjoys hands-on volunteering at House In The Wood.
Learn More

ASC Board

Adventure Stage Auxiliary Board

Founded in 2014

Launched in the summer of 2014, the Adventure Stage Chicago(ASC) Auxiliary Board is charged with strengthening the long term viability of ASC. Each year the Auxiliary Board does a matching grant campaign in the spring and hosts a fundraising event in the winter. We are currently recruiting new members.
Learn More

Partners and Supporters

Thank you to our community partners and organizations that have invested in our mission.

  • A. G. Cox Charity Trust
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Alvin H. Baum Family Fund
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • AMC Cares Charitable Foundation
  • Arch W. Shaw Foundation
  • Bain & Company
  • Bears Care
  • Camp Out for Kids
  • Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation
  • Chicago Bulls
  • Cossette
  • The Crown Family
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Fred J. Brunner Foundation
  • George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities
  • Grainger
  • iCanvas
  • Illinois Arts Council Agency
  • IMC Chicago Charitable Foundation
  • Illinois Tool Works Foundation
  • Jacob Best Foundation
  • Kemper Educational and Charitable Fund
  • Kenilworth Union Church
  • Kinder Morgan Foundation
  • KPMG
  • Lester and Edward Anixter Family Foundation
  • MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince
  • Mazza Foundation
  • MB Financial Bank
  • National Energy Education Development Project
  • Northern Trust Co. Charitable Trust
  • ORBA
  • Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund
  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • Perlstein Foundation
  • PERT Foundation
  • Polk Bros Foundation
  • RBC Wealth Management
  • Robinson Foundation
  • Roundy’s Foundation
  • Rowe Charitable Trust
  • Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust


Program Staff

Program Staff
Our program staff are the people working directly with children and families in Settlement programs.

Administration & Support

Administration & Support
Administration and support staff are all of the people working to make Settlement programs possible.

Facilities Staff

The facilities staff at Northwestern Settlement keep our work and program spaces clean and safe for our whole community.

Find Opportunities