Major Gifts


Investing in NAMI DuPage

NAMI DuPage has established a major gifts program, known as Shining Stars, to implement and sustain critical program needs not being met in our communities for individuals living with mental illness. These newer programs focus on employment to reduce unemployment and underemployment, social/recreation to reduce alienation and isolation, and a peer-led, crisis stabilization alternative to the hospital emergency room to better connect individuals and families to other NAMI wrap-around services that will enhance their path to recovery. In addition, NAMI DuPage has been increasing the number of education classes and support groups from our existing programs to meet increased demand from individuals and families that are struggling to navigate a complex mental health system.

The Shining Stars campaign is an ongoing 1, 2 or 3-year pledge campaign to provide adequate funding for the implementation, maintenance, and expansion of our programs and differs from funding we receive from our Annual Appeal. Simply stated – the annual appeal provides “money to live by” while the Shining Stars campaign provides “money to grow on”. Both the Shining Stars campaign and the Annual Appeal support distinct but equally important funding purposes, both of which ensure the financial stability of NAMI DuPage.

Gift Plans to Consider

Pledge plans for the Shining Stars campaign begin at $1,200 which can be spread over 1, 2 or 3 years to fit a donor’s budget.  Spreading the payment period over several years allows for a charitable deduction to be claimed in years when the tax liability in the greatest. It also enables a donor to consider more significant contributions to the pledge campaign than would otherwise be possible. Gifts of every amount are needed and appreciated.



GIFT SIZE 3 Annual Pymts* 12 Quarterly Pymts* 36 Monthly Pymts*
Visionary $25,000 or more $8,333.33 $2,083.33 $694.44
Leader $15,000- $24,999 $5,000.00 $1,250.00 $416.66
Benefactor $10,000- $14,999 $3,333.33 $833.33 $277.77
Advocate $7,500- $9,999 $2,500.00 $625.00 $208.33
Partner $5,000- $7,499 $1,666.66 $416.66 $138.88
Supporter $2,500 – $4,999 $833.33 $208.33 $69.44
Friend $1,200 – $2,499 $400.00 $100.00 $33.33


*assumes lowest tiered amount paid over a three-year pledge period. Payments will vary by amount of gift and pledge period. Please contact the Development Department for specific payment details pertaining to your gift.


We recognize that not everyone can make the same size gift, but everyone can be counted among our benefactors and can make a sacrifice for the benefit of thousands of people who rely on us for our free programs. Please think about what you can manage without undue burden and make a pledge. You can make a difference in a person’s life by giving them the gift of hope, healing and recovery.

Donor Recognition Wall

All donors contributing gifts at the minimum levels will have their names inscribed on various sized metallic stars that will be placed on the Shining Stars Donor Wall located in the reception area of the NAMI DuPage office in the Community Center.  Anonymous gifts will be recognized as such. The Donor Wall will remain on view for so long as the facility endures.