Support Lake Cook Audubon

If there is anything more painful than giving money, it is asking for it.  So we’re going to try to be a little more creative and provide you some value in return for money. Please consider some of these strategies to help support the activities of the Lake Cook Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society. These include:

    • iGive  – Read detail below
    • Bird Seed Sale – held annually in October and November
    • Charitable Giving – Donations in any amount are always welcome by contacting the Chapter President or through Paypal by clicking this “Donate” button below:



iGive  – Shopping Online Gives Support

Every time you shop at any of 1500+ familiar online stores in the iGive network, a portion of the money you spend benefits Lake/Cook Audubon Society. It’s a free service, and you’ll never pay more when you reach a store through iGive. There are no gimmicks or catches.To get started, just create your free iGive account.

To participate in iGive now simply click this link

Frequently Asked Questions about iGive:

How do I make a purchase?
Once you have your free iGive account, you simply go to iGive.com and sign in. Then shop the store(s) from which you want to purchase. This system works for online sales ONLY. A code will “travel” with you as you navigate and your purchase will be credited to Lake Cook Audubon. Your purchase history is anonymous. Lake Cook Audubon sees total amount raised for our cause and the number of participants.
Who is iGive?
iGive was founded in Evanston, Illinois by Rob Grosshandler in 1997. It has helped organizations raise over $8,000,000. 50,000 charities are listed with iGive. (Data as of April, 2015).
What does this cost?

There is no cost to you or to Lake Cook Audubon. All fees and discounts are paid by the participating merchants.

Are these first tier merchants or just the desperate ones?
There are over 1500+ merchants participating in iGive’s program. They include the brands you know and already purchase from such as Macy’s, Amazon, Nordstroms, REI, FTD.com (flowers), ABT electronics, Sears, Best Buy, JC Penney. You get the idea. Name brands.

Will I get spam email and all kinds of junk solicitations?
No. You will get a periodic email from iGive reminding you of your membership and pushing store specials or special store donation rates. But your information will NEVER be provided to a merchant (unless you provide it) nor will it be provided to any other person or company. Period.

What if there is a problem with my purchase or I want to return something?
The merchants online selling policies apply to you exactly the same regardless of your iGive affiliation.

Is there any downside to participating?

No. There is no downside to participating. It just takes 10 minutes to sign up.

  • To date we have earned over $400 with relatively small participation from Lake Cook Audubon friends.
  • This sum means a lot to us.
  • We’ve proved the value.
  • This is a good deal and no hassle.

Please consider using iGive for your next online purchase.

Want more information?
Where Does the Money Go?

Lake Cook Audubon is a chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society (IAS). IAS is an independent 501 (c) 3 not for profit organization and NOT related to the National Audubon Society. The Lake Cook Chapter is a 100% volunteer organization and operates on an annual budget of under $2000 raised through annual membership dues and various fund raisers. Money that is raised in excess of our operating expenses is saved in our general fund or distributed to various local and Illinois environmental, conservation and bird-related organizations. We have also raised money for specific projects as well as direct sponsorship of bird and conservation research. You are welcome to receive a complete set of financial information upon request.