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How to Make a Difference in the Fight Against OCD

OCD Chicago provides a vital lifeline to children and adults suffering with OCD.  Will you help us preserve and strengthen that lifeline?

Donate Now

You can choose from these easy ways to donate:

Donate now by credit card using the online donation form.

If you prefer to provide your credit card information by phone,
call us at 773-661-9530.

Checks should be payable and mailed to:

OCD Chicago
2300 Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614

Your support helps children and adults with OCD find the right treatment and regain control of their lives.  When you donate, you’ll be making a valuable difference in the lives of people who often have nowhere else to turn for reliable information and hope.

We are a small organization with a big heart!  Our web site and acclaimed free OCD Guides provide encouraging and practical steps to improve the lives of OCD sufferers. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers speak with people every day who have looked elsewhere for help, but find new courage in the insights provided by OCD Chicago.

Read how grateful people describe the help they received from OCD Chicago.

OCD Chicago is a not-for-profit organization qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.  Donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law, and are acknowledged.  Read more About Us.

Other Ways to Donate

Matching Gift Programs

Many employers have matching gift programs.  This means that you can generally double any gift you make by participating.  Contact your Human Resources Department and ask—matching gifts multiply your generosity.

Ask United Way to Support OCD Chicago

If you donate to United Way, including workplace donations, you can direct United Way to contribute a portion of your donation to OCD Chicago.  Contact your United Way chairperson at work, or the United Way of Chicago at 312-906-2350 to learn how to do this.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of highly appreciated stocks can give donors a great result.  If the stocks are owned for more than one year, the donor can deduct the entire fair market value of the gifted shares and pay no capital gains tax on the appreciation.  Contact Ellen Sawyer, our Executive Director, at 773-661-9530 or before you sell any profitable stocks or other securities.

Create a Legacy of Giving to Help Those Who Suffer with OCD

You do not need to be wealthy to create a legacy to benefit those tortured by a life with OCD.  A future gift is easy to create, can be changed throughout your lifetime and may someday help thousands of OCD sufferers.  There are two easy ways to make a legacy gift:

  • The simplest way is to provide a fixed amount or percentage gift in your will or living trust.  Your attorney can draft a simple one page codicil to your will or amendment to your trust when you create or revise your estate plan. Click here for sample language.
  • You can also name OCD Chicago as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

For more information on making a gift to OCD Chicago as part of your estate plan, contact Ellen Sawyer at 773-661-9530 or

Help Us Build Support

If you or someone you love has been helped by our information and support, you can become part of our fundraising team by sending out our annual fundraising letter in November with a personal note to friends and family members.  We will send you a complete mailer for every recipient, with special cards on which you can write personal notes. Contact us at 773-661-9530 or contact Ellen Sawyer at

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