Here at the Illinois Answers Project, our team of reporters work every day to uncover waste and wrongdoing in government, hold public officials accountable, and lift up solutions to Illinois’ most pressing problems — core to the mission of the Better Government Association.

Why Support the BGA?

Illinois Answers Project is published by the Better Government Association, a nonprofit news organization founded in 1923 and winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. We are funded by readers, donors and grants alike. The BGA may accept gifts, grants, and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not based on donor support.

A list of the BGA’s 2021 donors can be found here.

The BGA is a non-partisan and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our Tax ID# is 36-0802950. Donations are fully tax-deductible as provided by law. We will never share email addresses that are shared with us.

Additional Ways to Donate

Can I send my donation by mail?

Mail a check payable to:
Better Government Association
223 W. Jackson, Ste 300
Chicago, Illinois 60606

Give Through Your IRA

If you are 70½ or older, you can direct a distribution—one-time or recurring—from your traditional or Roth IRA to BGA. When your distribution goes directly to the BGA it is not subject to federal income tax. While this is an efficient way to donate, please consult a qualified advisor to make sure it’s right for you.

Give When You Shop at Amazon

Support Compass when you shop at smile.amazon.com. Select Better Government Association as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate .5% of eligible purchases to the BGA.

Give Through a Donor-Advised Fund or Family Foundation

We’re registered as Better Government Association.  Our Tax ID# (EIN) is 36-0802950. You may recommend a gift now if you have a charitable gift fund through financial services companies such as Vanguard, Fidelity, BNY Mellon, or Schwab.

Better Government Association is an IRS-approved 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Our Federal Identification Number (EIN) is 36-0802950

Give Appreciated Stock

To donate stock, please contact Julie Tobias at jtobias@bettergov.org or via phone at 312-386-9202.

Give Through Your Workplace

Many companies will match volunteer hours and dollar-for-dollar gifts made to nonprofits by their employees. Talk to your Human Resources department about charitable matching contributions.