Why Give to NAMI DuPage?

Mental Illness in DuPage County

Mental Illness is an equal opportunity illness that affects 1 in every 5 people, regardless of income, gender, age, race, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. Within any given year, approx., 138,000 adults in DuPage County (based on an adult population of 690,000), will experience a mental illness while 28,000 adults will have a serious mental illness that impacts their day to day life. In addition, 45,000 youths in DuPage County (based on a youth population of 227,000) will live with a mental health condition in any given year. Despite these statistics, nearly 60% of adults and 50% of youth, living with a mental illness have not received any mental health services (Sources: Impact DuPage, SAMSHA, NIMH and NAMI (National).

Challenges Today

In recent years, budget cuts to public mental health funding have led to the decimation of community mental health services and eroded a critical safety net for thousands of people living with mental illness. In addition, the State of Illinois budget impasse led to reduction in services from other nonprofit agencies reliant upon state funding. NAMI DuPage has experienced a ripple effect in demand for its free support and educational programs that bring hope and healing to the thousands of individuals, families and caretakers impacted by the devastating effects of mental illness. We believe this upward trajectory will only increase in the years ahead.

Why We Need Your Financial Support

NAMI DuPage is the only organization in DuPage County offering wrap-around services that not only aide in a person’s recovery but also that of the family and our community. If we did not offer these programs, it is doubtful anyone else could or would.

To continue offering our variety programs free of charge to individuals, we need your financial support to keep our vital programs going. Investing in mental wellness affects not just the person struggling with emotional issues or the family under pressure, it also affects life our entire community, including employment, productivity, substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, suicide rates and so much more.

Please join with us in supporting our vital programs with a generous donation. Your financial support plus NAMI DuPage’s program expertise equals greater emotional wellness for all of DuPage County – and that benefits all of us.

How We Are Funded

NAMI DuPage operates as a financially independent 501(c) (3) organization and does not receive any direct financial support from the NAMI national or NAMI state organizations. Nor does it receive any federal, state or county funding. Rather, NAMI DuPage relies entirely on the remarkable generosity of the community for operational and program support.

NAMI DuPage’s four largest sources of funding in FY 2017 were as follows:

Grants & Donations: $336,730

In-Kind Donations: $145,119

Special Events: $186,766

Program Fees: $127,728


How Your Gift is Spent

In FY17, NAMI DuPage spent 84% of its budget on delivering program services. In other words, for every $1 collected in cash donations from the public, NAMI DuPage spent $0.84 on charitable programs.  The remaining $0.17 was spent on overhead, which includes fundraising, and administrative expenses. CharityWatch considers a charity, such as NAMI, to be highly efficient when end calculations produce a program percentage of 75% or higher.

How We are Rated

  • NAMI DuPage’s FY17 audit was conducted in accordance with auditing standards and the financial position was deemed to be presented fairly in all material aspects with no notable exceptions.
  • NAMI DuPage has retained its Silver Level status on the Guidestar Exchange, meaning that audited financial statements have been submitted and that it certifies the financial information provided is “up to date and accurate.”
  • NAMI DuPage is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it does not meet the criteria of having at least $1 million in revenue for two consecutive years.

Please consider making as generous a gift as you can. THANK YOU for your support!