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Esmeralda is awesome!

“I just hope that every other child can get the help and opportunities that I’ve received from Kaleidoscope.”

Through each of our programs, Kaleidoscope’s expert teams strive to empower our young people to achieve their dreams. We are committed to listening, affirming and believing in their potential, then making it happen. But we can’t help young people succeed without your help.

We are incredibly proud of Esmeralda and every young person who counts on Kaleidoscope to help youth overcome trauma, succeed and thrive. Give now to make a lasting impact for Chicago’s kids.


GivingTuesday 2019

We are just $2,000 from our goal to provide specialized therapy, arts camps and other enrichment programs for kids healing from trauma in Chicago. Help us meet our goal for #GivingTuesday!


Holiday Giving 2019

The holidays can be tough for children in care, but you can help make the holidays – and every day – bright for kids healing from trauma. Here’s how.

Donate on Giving Tuesday, December 3

On this international day of giving, YOU can ensure our children and families receive the support they need in the midst of trauma and other challenges. Donations make our therapy, case management, arts camps and other enrichment activities possible throughout the year. Donate or set up a Facebook fundraiser for Kaleidoscope.


Give a little every time you shop – at no cost to you! By starting your shopping at and setting Kaleidoscope as your charity of choice, .05% of every purchase you make will be donated to us, with no additional payment on your end. Start your Black Friday, Cyber Monday and other holiday shopping at

Gift Drive – THANK YOU!

Our kids and families are fully sponsored for this year! Thank you to everyone who has contributed gifts, donations or their time to make our families’ holidays bright. Make a financial gift to help our families throughout the year.

Annual Holiday Gift Drive

Give the gift of happiness this holiday season!  The holidays are a difficult time for children and youth in care.  But you can brighten the holidays by sponsoring a child, wrapping gifts, or making a monetary donation.

1. Shop for a Wish List – Sponsor a child or youth, ages 0 to 20, and grant his/her holiday wishes.  To learn more, click here.

2. Decorate the Gift Card Tree – Some of our older youth prefer gift cards to help offset their expenses.  To provide gift cards for teens and families, click here.

3. Wrap Gifts – We need to wrap over 1,000 gifts!  Participate in our fun gift wrapping party at Kaleidoscope on December 7th or 8th. Click on the link to sign up.

4. Monetary Donation – We frequently receive new children days before the holidays so we need to buy last minute gifts.  A monetary donation gives us flexibility to grant last minute wishes. Click the link to donate.

Transfer Gifts of Stock

Kaleidoscope has now partnered with Merrill Lynch to accept gifts of stock.  Not only will you support children, youth, and families with your donation, you will also receive many tax benefits.  Please contact us with any questions or to get started.

Your Financial Advisor can assist you in making a gift of stock via a direct transfer to Kaleidoscope, Inc. Giving a gift of publicly traded stock that has increased in value and that you have owned for more than one year may provide greater tax benefits than giving cash. Your charitable income-tax deduction is equal to the fair market value of the stock and you avoid paying the capital gains tax on any increase in the current value over the original cost of the stock.  You may also save by not incurring brokerage fees because you are transferring ownership rather than selling the stock.

Provide the following information to your Financial Advisor:

Broker: Merrill Lynch
Account Name: Kaleidoscope INC
Account Number: 841-02732
DTC Number: 8862
Financial Advisor: Amanda Barclay
(p) 516 498-3308
(email) [email protected]

Note: Kaleidoscope, Inc’s policy is that stock is sold on the same day as received. However, Merrill Lynch must be notified that the stock transfer has occurred. For assistance, or if have any questions regarding donations of stock, please contact [email protected] or 773-292-4074.

Artists That Spark – An Inspiring Evening

Thank you to everyone who supported Kaleidoscope at Artists That Spark in July! We are grateful for all of the talented performers who shared their passions with us. It was a unique evening filled with laughter, entertainment and inspiration! Hats off to Kaleidoscope’s Associate Board for hosting such an extraordinary event!

Sunflower Summit (Sunflower Summit) – Folk/Pop Artist
Raphael Mathis (@rmpoetic) – Spoken Word Artist
Lyk Seven – Rap Artist
Danielle Jones – Jazz/Pop Artist
JW Basilio (JW Basilo) – Music and Poetry Artist
Amer Abdullah (Amer Abdullah) – Comedian
Cristina McCrystal (The McCrystalizor) – Hula Hoop Dancer
Nicole Muto-Graves (Nicole Muto-Graves) – Folk/Pop Artist
Wyatt Waddell – Singer/Songwriter

Impact Chicago Awards Kaleidoscope with $100,000 Grant


Impact Grants Chicago awarded Kaleidoscope with a $100,000 grant in support of our efforts to recruit, train, and retain qualified, therapeutic foster families that will provide our children with safe and nurturing homes. Through more foster families, we can provide countless youth with the foundation that every child needs and deserves for a happy and successful life: a safe home, a sense of belonging, and lifelong connections with supportive adults.

This video shows our final presentation to Impact Grants Chicago members on May 28, 2019.  Amanda Carpenter, a foster mom at Kaleidoscope, shared her rewarding experience as a foster parent, while Kathy Grzelak, Kaleidoscope’s Executive Director, described the need for qualified foster families.

Thank You to Goose Island

Thank you to Goose Island and everyone who joined us last Friday!  We raised almost $1500 as Goose Island’s Charity of the Month!

Karlyn: Before Knowing, Genesis 1 Rewritten

Karlyn is a Find Your Future alum and a teaching artist at our arts camps. Since sharing this beautiful poem with us a few years ago, her life has changed in amazing ways. At Stories that CONNECT on Thursday, May 2, she’ll share a new piece with us and let us know how her journey continues.

Open House Recap

Thank you to all who attended our Open House on Wednesday, March 20. We welcomed supporters into our new offices to see how Kaleidoscope helps children, youth and families healing from abuse and neglect in Chicago. Guests walked through our innovative, individualized case management and clinical services and mingled with our staff, board members and supporters making an impact on our youth.