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Be Our Gateway to Chicago





Help adults with special needs learn, grow and explore our beautiful city of Chicago! Make a donation toward a new bus or van for our school, and we'll use it to bring you free cookies from our new cafe.* Who doesn't like free cookies?! (See bottom of page for donor levels and incentive details)

Gateway to Learning, a special education and training center founded in 1974, provides life-changing services to more than 70 adults with intellectual disabilities in the Chicagoland area. Our mission is to help these individuals develop skills to enrich their lives and contribute to their community. We offer academic and pre-vocational programs to allow clients to reach their full potential, including a new 24-month workforce training program and retail bakery opening this spring called Dorothy's Can Do Cafe. We're asking you to help us reach new heights and new destinations this year!

By contributing to our fundraiser you'll help open new doors for Gateway to Learning's clients, whose programs are currently confined to our school building and locations within walking distance of GTL. With your contribution, we'll purchase a brand new para-transit bus or van capable of transporting our individuals of all ability levels to new and exciting destinations. They'll visit nearby neighborhoods and businesses, take fun and educational field trips, and soak in all this great city has to offer. We'll introduce our clients to members of their community and spread awareness of our cause to Lincoln Square and beyond. And with the support of donors like you, we'll use our new vehicle to enrich the community: we'll bring volunteer clients to assist local businesses with projects, and deliver baked goods from Dorothy's Can Do Cafe to Chicago food pantries for those in need.


A contribution to Gateway to Learning's fundraiser is a contribution to Chicagoland, to the special needs community, and to the more than 70 amazing individuals in our program. Help us go the distance!


*Cookie van delivery promise valid for local donors ($200 or more) within about 20 miles of the Lincoln Square neighborhood, and will be fulfilled within 3 months of van purchase. If you prefer, we can issue you a voucher for free cookies at the cafe instead. Not from around here? Donate $500 or more and we'll ship you LOTS of fresh baked goodies anywhere in the U.S.A. You won't get to see the new van up close, but you'll have our undying gratitude...and isn't that more valuable in the end?


Donor Levels/Incentives (details to be worked out with each donor at the close of the fundraising project; subject to our availability and approval. Email with concerns or questions!)

All Donation Amounts will receive recognition in our newsletter and other Gateway to Learning publication, as well as acknowledgment in the 2013 Gateway to Learning Dinner Dance program. Donate $50 or more to receive the following gifts in addition to these acknowledgments:

$50- Free coupon book for Dorothy's Can Do Cafe (opening May 2013).

$200 - Free fancy assorted cookie gift delivered to your (local) door, plus vouchers for free treats at the cafe. 

$500- Bigger, fancier baked gift shipped to you anywhere in the U.S., plus free treats and hugs any time you come visit us if you live outside of the Chicagoland area. Local donors will receive the bigger, fancier baked gift as well as a cafe coupon book and free holiday treats throughout the year.

$1,000- Free catering from Dorothy's Can Do Cafe at a future party or event in the Chicagoland area, or 3 beautiful bakery gift baskets delivered anywhere in the country. Free admission to our 2013 Dinner Dance event on November 1st (value: $150)

$5,000- Free fancy assorted cookie platter, as well as the opportunity to tour our facility and have your recipe featured on our cafe menu for one month. Free admission to the 2013 Gateway to Learning Dinner Dance for you and a guest (value: $300) and honorary mention at the event.

$10,000 or more- VIP status at the cafe, free baked goods whenever you visit, and we'll put a fancy plaque with your name on the wall. Free admission to all Gateway to Learning public events and fundraisers for you and a guest (valued at $20 to $300 per event). Honorary mention at the 2013 Gateway to Learning Dinner Dance, and our eternal gratitude! 

Gateway to Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


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