Annual Giving and Memberships

Together, we can make a difference.

We take our responsibility to Illinois residents seriously. With your support, we are able to fully activate our commitment by providing: 

  • Unlimited free access to our Pulitzer Prize winning investigative and solutions-focused reporting on core underlying issues. 
  • Focused advocacy for policy and ethics reform, access to public records and coalition building to create a more inclusive and just system.
  • An unwavering dedication to collective action and public empowerment.

Become a member and join a movement that refuses to accept the status quo, works for a better future and knows that change begins with each of us.

Plus, membership has its perks. We hope you’ll enjoy the following donor benefits that you’ll receive at your chosen giving level.


Associate: $1 – $99
  • Advance invitations to BGA Civic Engagement events
  • Our utmost gratitude. 100% tax-deductibility
Friend: $100 – $249
  • Quarterly members-only newsletter, featuring behind-the-scenes access to the BGA Policy Initiative team and Illinois Answers Project newsroom. 
  • Our official BGA member decal.
  • Plus, the benefits listed above.
Collaborator: $250 – $499
  • Our utmost gratitude and a special place on our growing donor wall.
  • Invitation to a members’ reception celebrating the anniversary of the Illinois Answers Project, BGA’s Pulitzer Prize-winning newsroom
  • Plus, the benefits listed above.
Advocate: $500 – $999
  • An Invitation to a BGA members-only event, connecting you with our newsroom, policy team, fellow BGA members, and special guests
  • Priority invitation to the BGA’s Annual Luncheon
  • Plus, the benefits listed above

Click here to learn more about the Leadership Circle ($1,000 – $9,999).

Questions? Please contact the Development Office at 312-386-9203 or We’re always happy to hear from you!