Monetary Contributions(may be tax deductible) 

Every little bit helps: it only takes $10 to send four packages of books to incarcerated women. In addition, a tax-deductible donation of $75 will pay our rent for a whole month. Please make your check out to Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and write  “For CBWP” in the memo line of your check. CLAIM is a 501(c)3 organization and they act as our fiscal sponsors. You can send checks or cash to us at:

Chicago Books to Women in Prison
P O Box 14778
Chicago IL 60614

For information about donating books or office supplies, please see our Donations page.

Special Thanks
The following organizations have supported Chicago Books to Women in Children through grants and donations:

  • Chicago Foundation for Women, 2007
  • McDougal Littell, $1200 grant in 2005

891 packages so far in 2021

Packages carrying books of all kinds and composition books to women and trans people locked up across the country! (In 2020—with our capacity drastically cut due to COVID-19 precautions—we sent 1,964 packages. In 2019, we sent 5,117 packages; in 2018, 4,852.) Big, big thanks to all our supporters because we couldn’t do it without you, especially in this most difficult time. (updated June 14, 2021)

Donate money quickly and easily

Or send your check or money order to 4511 N. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, IL 60640. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your gift may be tax-deductible.

Shop our wish list today

Buy books we need online and we pick them up—no shipping fee, no wasteful packaging. (Or buy a gift card if you can’t decide!) Your purchase benefits not just the people we serve, but one of Chicago’s best indy bookstores.

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