Make a Donation#GivingTuesday

Thank you to all who supported our Winter Arts Camp by donating on #GivingTuesday 2016! In all, more than 70 donors contributed more than $7,100 to support this special opportunity for the children and young people we serve.

Through this generous support, our young people enjoyed a week-long session over winter break to learn new art mediums, express themselves creatively, and have a safe place for them to be when school was out.

#GivingTuesday 2016 has ended, but you can still make a difference for children and youth served at Kaleidoscope with a donation today!

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About Our Winter Arts Camp

Each of the young people we serve has experienced trauma and has specialized mental health, behavioral, medical and/or pregnancy and parenting needs. Although Chicago has incredible arts programming and culture, our clients rarely have access to these resources, so we’re bringing art right to them within our offices.

Led by our clinicians and local artists, our Winter Arts Camp:

  1. Equipped our clients to express themselves through a variety of art mediums, encouraging their continued healing and communication in healthy, effective ways that best work for them and their specific needs.
  2. Brought the artistic resources, tools and other organizations right to our clients, so they can build relationships and networks of support outside of their services with Kaleidoscope.
  3. Provided our young people with all-day care during their winter break, ensuring their safety and helping caregivers with free childcare. (Learn more about our violence prevention efforts via our YEAH Initiative.)

Since our founding more than 40 years ago, Kaleidoscope’s teams have always incorporated art into our healing services. But as state funding has continually been cut, so have many of our programs. With help from individuals like you, #GivingTuesday kicked-off our revitalized programming, starting with our Winter Arts Camp.

How Your Dollars Help

Donations made on #GivingTuesday made our Winter Arts Camp possible. Funds raised covered the costs of:

  • Art supplies, including paint, paper, markers, brushes and more
  • Transportation, so we can safely get our clients from home to camp and back again
  • Lunches and snacks for clients during camp
  • Our visiting artists’ hard costs, such as supplies and travel

Who We Serve

Founded in 1973, Kaleidoscope is a non-profit child welfare agency in Chicago. Each year, we serve more than 600 young people – ranging in age from birth to 21 – who are healing from trauma. Most of our clients have experienced neglect or abuse, and many have also been exposed to substance abuse, extreme poverty and other concerns. As a result of these traumatic events, our clients have specialized mental health, behavioral, medical and/or pregnancy and parenting needs. Through our services, we ensure their safety, assist them in creating a stable support system, and help them overcome trauma to lead healthy, happy lives. Learn more about our services.

Other Ways to Get Involved

We’re calling on every one of our supporters – Facebook fans, friends of our board, Chicagoans who care about helping children heal – to donate today in honor of #GivingTuesday. There are plenty of other ways to get involved with us, too!

For more information about getting involved, contact Bess Cohen: or 773.292.4014.

#GivingTuesday is an internationally-recognized day of charitable giving, landing on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Learn more at