A New Name for a New Reality: The Ounce is Now Start Early Read More

Ways to Give

Start Early (formerly known as the Ounce) relies on your generosity to deliver quality early learning and care that can transform the lives of young children and families.

Support Our Mission

From monthly gifts and individual giving plans to corporate matching support, we have a variety of ways for you to support our mission and help our youngest learners.

Become a Monthly Donor

Mother holding child at Educare SeattleMonthly giving is the most effective way to provide children living in under-resourced communities with the quality early learning they need to thrive.

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Matching Gift

Double your impact with your company’s matching gift program

Many companies offer a matching gift program to encourage employees to donate to organizations with missions that matter to them. Most of these programs match contributions dollar for dollar and can double, triple or even quadruple the impact of your gift.

Please reach out to your employer to inquire about matching gift opportunities to extend the impact of your gift.

You can email your matching gift form (which your employer will provide) to Giving@StartEarly.org or send to our mailing address.

Start Early
P.O. Box 775767
Chicago, IL 60677-5767

Our EIN number is 36-3186328.

Mail Your Gift

If you prefer to give a gift via handwritten check or form, simply make checks out to Start Early and send to our mailing address provided below.

If you would like to make your donation with a credit card, “in honor of” or “in memory of” a friend or loved one, please download and fill out this form and include when mailing your gift.

Start Early
P.O. Box 775767
Chicago, IL 60677-5767

If using FedEx, UPS or other expedited services, please mail to:

Start Early
C/O PNC Bank
Lockbox # 775767
350 East Devon Avenue
Itasca, IL 60143

For more information, email Giving@StartEarly.org.

Gifts of Stock or Investments

Gifts of publicly traded securities that have appreciated in value allow you to avoid capital gains taxes, while also receiving a tax deduction for your gift.*

To make a gift of stocks or investments, please send your broker’s fax number or email address to Giving@StartEarly.org. Our team will then share instructions on how to transfer stock directly to the Start Early’s brokerage account.

To ensure that we correctly acknowledge you as the donor of the transferred stock, please also provide the following information:

  • Donor name and contact information
  • Name of the stock
  • Number of shares
  • Date of the stock transfer

If you are interested in making a gift of stock or investment and would like to learn more, email Giving@StartEarly.org.

*Start Early is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are deductible as allowed by law. Please speak with your financial adviser about the deductibility of your gift.

Planned Gifts

Will or Living Trust

A gift in your will is an impactful way to support Start Early. You can ensure your gift by including us in your will at any time.

Beneficiary Gift

Beneficiary designations include IRAs or Retirement Plan, Life Insurance Policy and Commercial Annuity. It only takes three steps to name Start Early as a beneficiary:

  1. Contact your retirement plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution for a change-of-beneficiary form.
  2. Decide what percentage (1% to 100%) you would like Start Early to receive and name us, along with the percentage you chose, on the beneficiary form.
  3. Return the completed form to your plan administrator, insurance company, bank or financial institution.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A charitable gift annuity involves a simple contract between you and Start Early, where you agree to make a gift, and we, in return, agree to pay you (and someone else, if you choose) a fixed amount each year for the rest of your life.

Gifts by Wire Transfer

Wire transfers are a great way to quickly and securely transfer funds to an organization of choice. If you would like to discuss the possibility of wiring a donation to Start Early, please reach out to us at Giving@StartEarly.org.

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