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9,016

students supported.

$313,384

raised for programs.

$16,000

to meet our quarterly goal.

The Latest Stories

A closer look at our mentoring program

Supplies for Dreams is extremely proud of our mentoring program. Every week our mentors travel to our partner schools and meet with their mentees to tutor them and discuss a wide array of topics. We do our best to foster curiosity in the students, as we believe curiosity and a thirst for knowledge are imperative traits for young students to possess.

Last week, one of our members interviewed a mentee named Fernando from Manuel Perez Jr. Elementary School to hear his thoughts on the program. When asked what he has learned from the program so far, Fernando said, “I’ve learned the importance of asking questions. It’s very important for learning more. It’s also very exciting to hear about the things you can do in college.” Fernando, an adorably innocent fifth-grader, draws inspiration from his mentor Paul. Both mentor and mentee aspire to become doctors one day, and so the two have developed an especially close relationship. “Paul has taught me the importance of hard work and not giving up,” said Fernando. Friendships like Fernando and Paul’s epitomize the goals of our mentoring program. We foster friendships between all of our mentors and mentees, as students such as Fernando are much more likely to learn, grow and succeed from the program when they are close with their mentor.

Fernando (left) and Paul (right) have developed a close friendship.
Fernando (left) and Paul (right) have developed a close friendship.

Fourth Annual Inspiration Gala

Join us as we celebrate our students’ achievements at our Fourth Annual Inspiration Gala, “Expand the Boundary”. You equipped minds, sparked curiosity, and unlocked potential in more than 9,500 students, and we want to show you how much we appreciate your support.

Supplies for Dreams has been the best experience of my freshman year. I came to Northwestern unsure of what I would be involved with, but knew I wanted to try something new. When I heard about Supplies for Dreams, I realized that I can pursue my passion for changing education and nonprofit work. So I joined. I became a marketing team member and decided to use my logistical skills to see if I could contribute to a field I was not versed in. Our team has been planning the gala for the past several months and it has truly been a learning whirlwind. I have seen the strength of the Supplies for Dreams community and I have felt consistent support from my colleagues and leadership.

I am excited to present the Supplies for Dreams Fourth Annual Inspiration Gala on Saturday, May 3rd at the Chicago Urban Art Society. I hope to see you all there.

Date: May 3rd, 2014
Time: 7:00PM to 10:00PM
Location: Chicago Urban Art Society (600 West Cermak Road, Unit 1B)
Tickets: $65 per person, $120 per couple

Say Hello to Our 2013 Annual Report

We are proud to introduce the 2013 Annual Report. 2013 was a year full of program improvements and expansion. From adding the Chicago History Museum to our Award-a-Field Trip program to launching our eMentoring program, learn more about how you helped us achieved our goals and get an insight into what our plans are for 2014.

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Fundraising is Friend-raising

I will be bad at fundraising because:

1. I am a college student (credibility issue, time management, scheduling).

2. I am an introvert. I’m not good at “selling myself.”

3. I was specifically raised NOT to ask favors or money from people.

4. I was not raised in Chicago, giving me a limited network compared to my hometown.

5. I know how to direct programs and manage logistics. I don’t know enough about development and it doesn’t have enough structure.

6. I dislike uncertainty.

In the summer of 2012, I was appointed Executive Director of an educational non-profit, led by college students, called Supplies for Dreams. I had been in the organization for two years as a programming director. I already believed in the organization’s mission and was ready to commit my time and energy to it above anything else. But I knew extremely little about fundraising, and I was to the person chiefly responsible for fundraising in the organization. I was to be the face to our donors and meanwhile, I was to have an individual fundraising target to hit each quarter of the year. I was sickened by the thought of failing the organization and myself, but I also had a list in my mind of reasons why I would fail.
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RSVP for Our Gala

Join us as we celebrate our fifth birthday and the successes of our students at the Chicago Urban Arts Society on May 3rd, 2014.

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