Ways to Give
We rely on humanitarian donations to improve millions of lives worldwide, and we’re dedicated to ensuring the best use of our donors’ generosity. To help our donors make donations in ways that match their lifestyles and interests, we offer several options for giving.
Give, Your Way
No matter which way you choose to give, we’re grateful for your kindness and support. Each donation is crucial to our mission of global humanitarian service. Thank you!
Donating by Credit Card or PayPal
Credit card or PayPal donations can be made securely online. We are unable to accept credit card payments by phone or in writing. If you need assistance making a donation online, please contact Donor Assistance at 630-203-3836.
Donating by Check
The Foundation uses a lock box service to receive and process all donations. Make checks out to LCIF and mail to the address below, not LCIF headquarters. Be sure to include the appropriate recognition request form/Melvin Jones Fellowship application form and send to:
Lions Clubs International Foundation
Carol Stream, Illinois 60122-4547
Please use the address below for mailed items that require a delivery signature:
Package Delivery Services (e.g. UPS, FedEx)
Mail Code IL1-6030
2500 Westfield Drive
Elgin IL 60124
Please see LCIF Donations and Recognition Frequently Asked Questions for further instructions on donating by check.
Wire transfer of U.S. dollars directly into LCIF’s bank account is an easy way to send humanitarian donations. In countries outside the U.S., many have found this to also be the most economical method. In countries where Lions Clubs International has bank accounts, funds may be deposited in local currency. Be sure to check the association's official exchange rates, shown on monthly club statements.
Wire Transfer Information:
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
10 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603
ABA Routing No. 021000021
Account Name: Lions Clubs International Foundation
Account No. 754487312 (Be sure to use this account number.)
Swift International Banking number: CHASUS33
Present the information above to your bank along with the local currency amount, plus bank charges, and request the wire transfer of U.S. dollars to LCIF's bank. Next, fax or mail a copy of the receipt or wire transfer form to LCIF. Include on the form the recipient's name, district, club and member number as well as the donor's name, district and club number, and the form of recognition requested (i.e., MJF, club plaque, etc.).
300 W. 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
We do not accept credit card payments over the phone. If you need assistance making a credit card donation online, please contact Donor Assistance at 630-203-3836.
Maximize Your Humanitarian Donation
Below are two great ways to make your donation grow without any additional cost to you—enabling LCIF to do even more for people in need throughout our global community.
Thousands of companies in the U.S. will match their employees’ charitable contributions, enabling you to double or even triple your donation. Is your employer one of them? Click here for a list of Matching Gift Companies. Ask your employer if they participate in a matching gift or workplace giving program, and if they do, follow these easy steps:
1) Obtain a matching gift form from your employer, probably either from human resources or payroll. (Some companies will provide a matching gift for community service—a perfect fit for Lions.)
2) Complete the donor section of the form.
3) Mail the form with credit card information or check* for your portion of the donation, made payable to LCIF, (or copy of cancelled check if donation already has been made) to:
300 W. 22nd St.
Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842
Attn.: LCIF Development
* Please indicate the desired designation in the memo section of the check. (Please note that Melvin Jones Fellowship recognition is only available for donations made to one of the listed Areas of Giving.
Donating stocks or securities is a special way to give to LCIF. There are many benefits for both the donor and LCIF when contributing in this way. Advantages may include:
- No capital gains federal and state tax
- Receiving an income tax deduction for the full market value of the gift if you itemize deductions on your tax return and have held the assets one year or longer
Gifts of securities can easily be transferred to LCIF. Simply download the Gifts of Securities Donation Form and follow the instructions.
The foundation is not able to accept in-kind donations, such as emergency relief supplies.
The foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Contributions are tax deductible, as allowed under the Internal Revenue Service code.