Donate To NAMI DuPage

As an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), NAMI DuPage is one of the largest and most innovative of the more than 600 affiliates across the country. NAMI DuPage operates as a financially independent 501(c)(3) organization and does not receive any direct financial support from the national or state NAMI organizations. Rather, NAMI DuPage relies on the remarkable generosity of the community, and corporate and foundation grants for operational and program support.

Offering programs and services free and low cost to individuals and families who struggle with mental illnesses does not come without a cost to NAMI DuPage. Therefore, we need your financial support to keep our vital services going and make a difference in the lives of those people who struggle with mental illnesses.

THANK YOU. Your contribution not only sustains our organization but also brings hope and healing to the thousands of individuals and families impacted by mental illness.

How We Use Your Gift

NAMI DuPage needs annual funding support to continue providing hope and recovery support programs to individuals, their families and caregivers who live with the effects of mental illness. Specifically, your gift helps to fund:

  • Training of individuals to become peer support workers in order to help other individuals and families.
  • Educational, multi-week classes for individuals (WRAP and Peer-to-Peer), families (Family-to-Family) and parents (Basics) on developing strategies for coping and living with mental illness.
  • Non-crisis Resource Hotline to provide resources and referrals.
  • Youth education programs, such as Ending the Silence, for intermediate, middle and high school students in DuPage County schools. 
  • Recovery Connections Hospital Program for behavioral health patients of the six area hospitals. 
  • Customized community presentations on the basics of mental illness awareness and issues to businesses and organizations in the community, such as law enforcement, libraries and faith-based organizations.
  • The Living Room: a nonclinical, peer-led program that serves as a safe, stabilizing and calming alternative to costlier hospital emergency room treatment.
  • Work Readiness Program that offer individuals, living with mental illness, job preparedness and life skills training as well as job training in office administration, commercial printing, and food service/hospitality.
  • Recreational Program that offers recreational and social activities in order to promote optimal physical and mental well-being and reduce stigma, alienation, and isolation.
  • And so much more!

Fill out our form above to make an online donation. You will be notified upon making an online donation, and will have the ability to claim your donor account in order to review your donation history, modify your payment method, and/or cancel/pause your plan.

Send your Donation by Mail
Gifts in the form of cash or checks are all accepted by NAMI DuPage. Checks should be made payable to “NAMI DuPage” and sent to the following address:

115 North County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Send your Donation by Mail
Gifts in the form of cash or checks are all accepted by NAMI DuPage. Checks should be made payable to “NAMI DuPage” and sent to the following address:

115 North County Farm Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187

Send your Donation over the Phone

Please call the Development Department at 630-752-0066 x202, and we can process a donation charged to your credit card.

Send your Donation In-Person

Donations can be made in person at NAMI DuPage’s Development Department. Office hours are 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Other Ways To Give

Outright Gifts

Includes monetary, publicly traded securities, real property, tangible personal property, life insurance and vehicle donation

Honorary / Memorial Gifts

Honorary and Memorial Gifts are a way to pay tribute to an individual’s life and show how they live in your heart while supporting our mission and investing in a valuable community resource.

Planned Giving and Estate Gifts

Planned Giving refers to any charitable gift that requires more thought and planning to execute than outright gifts. In addition, planned giving has been traditionally defined as a gift that an individual makes near the end of his/her lifetime.

Workplace Giving

Workplace Giving includes donations made in partnership with your employer, such as an automatic payroll deduction program, employee matching gifts, and seasonal / annual giving campaigns.

In-kind Gifts

In lieu of monetary donations, NAMI DuPage may also accept donated in-kind gifts of either goods or services.


Annual membership demonstrates your support for the important work being done by NAMI DuPage, and helps make our voices heard in DuPage County, Springfield and Washington DC. Your annual membership dues help to keep our core programs free for anyone wanting to attend.

When you join, you become a NAMI member at all three levels of the organization—national, state and local—with one payment! We also offer a reduced Open Door rate of $5 per year for anyone experiencing financial constraints.

Membership benefits:


  • Being a part of a nationwide movement in providing a voice and advocating for better treatment and quality of life for those individuals and families who struggle with mental illness
  • Helping to fund NAMI DuPage programs and services, the majority of which are offered free of charge
  • Receiving the NAMI Advocate magazine and NAMI DuPage Newsletter
  • Attending the National Convention at a discounted rate
  • Availability of books, brochures and fact sheets on brain disorders, medications and related issues at the NAMI DuPage office library
  • Connecting with others in discussion groups

Membership FAQ

Who can be a NAMI member?

Anyone who accepts the NAMI mission and pays annual dues may be a member of NAMI. A “member” may be one individual or a family of individuals living in one household that is counted as one for the purpose of paying due and voting.

Who can be a NAMI member?

Anyone who accepts the NAMI mission and pays annual dues may be a member of NAMI. A “member” may be one individual or a family of individuals living in one household that is counted as one for the purpose of paying due and voting.

What does it mean for me to be a NAMI member?

NAMI has a strong commitment to “a member is a member is a member” — meaning that anyone who joins the organization at any entry point has joined the organization at all points (NAMI DuPage/NAMI Illinois/NAMI National). NAMI membership helps ensure a better tomorrow for the nearly 60 million Americans living with mental illness and their families. NAMI is the foundation of a grassroots movement to raise awareness and provide essential and free education, advocacy and support group programs. Because mental illness impacts the lives of so many Americans, each membership is vital as we work together every day to save every life. The more members we have, the more power we have to improve the mental health system.

What is the difference between membership and a donation? Does my donation automatically qualify for membership?

A donation is a tax-deductible gift to NAMI DuPage. Donations sustain NAMI DuPage and provide the necessary operating funds so that we can educate, advocate and change the way America thinks about mental illness.

When you make a gift, it does not mean you are a member of NAMI DuPage. However, we have many people who choose to be both donors and members of our organization.

How are the membership dues allocated?
Annual Membership Dues are split among the national, state and local NAMIs, as follows:

Membership TypeMembership DescriptionTotal DuesNational ShareState ShareNAMI DuPage Share
HouseholdApplies to adults (ages 18+) living at the same household address, whose names are provided when joining or renewing$60.00$20.00$20.00$20.00
IndividualApplies to an individual$40.00$10.00$15.00$15.00
Open DoorApplies to one person experiencing financial limitations (students are also eligible.)$5.00$1.00$2.00$2.00

Be an “Advocate” for $100 per year. The amount contributed in excess of the established dues helps us cover more of the costs of operating and expanding our programs.
Who is eligible for the Open Door rate?

NAMI (National), NAMI Illinois and NAMI DuPage offer a reduced dues rate, called Open Door, for members with limited financial resources. Open Door membership is not a consumer membership and recipients do not need to prove their need – all they have to do is ask. 

Although the Open Door dues rate is universally available, it is not offered online members. Members must contact the office directly to pay the Open Door rate. 

Is everyone in a household counted as a NAMI member if someone at the household paid for a Household membership?

The person who pays the Household membership will need to list the specific adult individuals in the Household for them to be counted as members. Someone is not considered a member if they were not listed on the Household membership, or does not have a membership of their own.

Can we add someone else to our Household membership prior to paying our renewal?

Yes, so long as each person is at the same address.

Can an individual living in a household have their own, separate membership or do they need to be part of a Household membership?

Yes, that person can still have their own Individual or Open Door membership even if they are living in the same household as a group with a Household membership.

How are donations made when members join NAMI DuPage?

If a member wishes to make a donation of which 100% of the proceeds will benefit the communities that NAMI DuPage serves, then we encourage our members to donate directly on the NAMI DuPage website at

Become A Community Partner!

Our corporate partners help transform mental health inequalities, which leads to positive changes that affect not only individual’s lives, but entire communities. Positive mental health is linked to a range of development outcomes, including better health, higher educational achievement, enhanced productivity and earnings, improved interpersonal relationships, better parenting, closer social connections and improved quality of life.

Get Involved At The Corporate Level

In exchange for your support, NAMI DuPage offers the following perks:

  1. Public acknowledgments through its website, annual report, news releases and newsletter
  2. On-site visibility at specific events with use of the corporate logo
  3. Billing exclusivity as a title sponsor, for example, or industry exclusivity, where only one firm from a given industry sponsors an activity

For more information on becoming a corporate community partner, please contact Geri Kerger at 630-752-0066 or via email at [email protected].

Donate monetarily to support NAMI DuPage’s Operations

Donate in-kind gifts of goods and services

Sponsor/underwrite an event

Donate an item for a silent auction

Donate company time as group volunteers

Serve on the Board of Directors, Advisory Council, or Associate Board, or standing Committee

Fundraising For NAMI DuPage

Would your group like to fundraise for NAMI DuPage? NAMI DuPage encourages individuals and organizations to conduct fundraising events to benefit its programs and services for individuals and families who struggle with mental illness. Any individual or organization that organizes and hosts an event, program, promotion, sale or donation drive on behalf of and independently of NAMI DuPage is defined as a “third party fundraiser”.

For more information on how to get started, please contact Geri Kerger at 630-752-0066 or via email at [email protected].

Planned Giving

Planned gifts are donations made to NAMI DuPage as part of your overall financial or estate plan, created during your lifetime, that will take effect at or after your passing.

Mindful Giving Legacy Society

The Mindful Giving Legacy Society was created to recognize the generosity of individuals and families who have made or provided for planned gifts to NAMI DuPage. When you become a member of the Society, you create a legacy of caring for individuals and families living with mental illness that continues to inspire generosity in others. There is no minimum amount required to join, just a simple promise to remember NAMI DuPage as a component in your legacy gifts. Your generous gift will assure the long-term stability and financial strength necessary for us to continue to serve our mission.

For more information on planned giving, please contact Geri Kerger at 630-752-0066 or via email at [email protected].

If you have already made a planned gift, please use our legal name of “NAMI DuPage County, Illinois” as well as our Federal Tax ID: 36-3412057. Below you can also find a Letter of Intent template, so that we may recognize and thank you during your lifetime, and to ensure that your wishes are properly documented

Donor Privacy Policy

NAMI DuPage is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors. We have developed this privacy policy to ensure our donors that donor information will not be shared with any third party, and to inform you of the way your information is used. We also provide you with the opportunity to remove your name from (or opt out of) our mailing list, if you desire to do so.