Ways to Give

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Alliance. Your generosity is essential in ensuring the future of our Great Lakes. Your contribution protects the lakes and preserves a legacy of clean water. The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a wise investment. We maintain top-rated charity status in recognition of our financial health, accountability, transparency, and impact. 

We offer many ways to give so that you can give back to your lakes.

Corporate & Business Partnerships

Safe, clean, and abundant waters are essential to the success of your business. Sponsoring the Alliance is an ideal way to show your company’s commitment to this unique regional asset. Interested in corporate sponsorship, employee engagement, cause-related marketing, workplace giving, or in-kind support? Learn about the many ways a rewarding partnership can strengthen our lakes and build your brand.

Ready to talk? Contact Jonathan Heuring, Senior Foundation & Corporate Giving Manager, at jheuring@greatlakes.org.

Private Foundations

We depend on institutional and family foundations for long-term, multi-year support. Foundations are critical champions of the Great Lakes and advance our policy goals. If you are a foundation leader, please contact Jonathan Heuring, Senior Foundation & Corporate Giving Manager, at jheuring@greatlakes.org.

Online Donations

Giving has never been easier! Use our giving portal to make a one-time donation, or step up to a monthly recurring gift online. Your donation goes further as we proudly use Double the Donation, allowing you to search more than 5,000 companies nationwide that match their employee’s gifts – chances are your company is one of them. Every gift makes a difference.

Recurring Giving

Recurring giving is one the best ways to amplify your gift. Choose the right amount for your monthly gift and support the Alliance year-round. Set up your recurring gift today by clicking the “monthly” button. It’s that easy! Even better, the Alliance has found a generous donor to match all recurring gifts in 2024.

Donating by Mail

One of the easiest ways to give is the old-fashioned way, by mail! To donate by mail, send your check to Alliance for the Great Lakes, 150 N Michigan Ave, Ste 750, Chicago, IL 60601. We love getting your letters and hearing about what our lakes mean to you.

Employee Volunteer Grants

Multiply the impact of your volunteer time with a donation from your employer! Did you know that some companies match employee volunteer time with donations to the Alliance? Use our search tool to see if you can turn your volunteer time into financial gifts to protect clean water!

Hosting an Event

Want to host an event to benefit the Great Lakes? We specialize in great experiences on the Great Lakes. For events big and small, educational and engaging, think of the Alliance. Our events are an incredible way to connect to our staff and learn how to drive positive change. Contact Genevieve Fletcher, Individual Giving Manager, at gfletcher@greatlakes.org.

Estate Planning & Gifts of Stock

Planned giving is a great way to ensure your legacy and love for the lakes continues for years to come. To discuss long-term charitable giving, transfer stocks, or to include the Alliance in estate plans, contact Matt Altstiel, Vice President of Development at maltstiel@greatlakes.org.

Thank you to our generous supporters!

Donate Today

We work hard every day to make sure the Great Lakes are healthy and safe for everyone. But we can’t do it without YOU. Give today with the knowledge that your gift will protect our region’s most precious resource.