Why Do We Exist?


  • 1,165,661 children (40% of all children in the state) live in low-income households in Illinois. Of the 40% almost 50% of those live below the poverty line - 2016 National Center for Children in Poverty

  • In the US, the average student debt owed by college graduates was $37,172, up six percent from the prior year - 2017 Federal Reserve Bank of New York

  • In 2018, parents spent on average $112 dollars on basic school supplies per child - Deloitte 2018 Back 2 School Survey 

  • The average cost to send a child back to school in the fall of 2017 with school supplies, uniforms, fees and equipment was $662 for elementary school, $1,001 for middle school and $1,489 for high school - Huntington Bank Backpack Index 2017

Our mission:

To create and support educational opportunities that enrich the lives of Illinois children.

Education is the cornerstone to our society. We need to step up to help fill the gaps of a poor state economy, challenges to our schools and the fact that over one million of our children live in low-income or poverty conditions. 


Documentary on why we do what we do, and the impact our Back 2 School program has on Illinois children. 

See the impact our Back 2 School kits have on the children who receive them. 

What we do

Learn more about our organization's mission and what makes our work unique and fulfilling. 

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Why B2SI?

  • We distribute FREE school supplies through partnerships with community organizations and government agencies

  • Our signature Back 2 School kits are filled with core school supplies children need to succeed in the classroom

  • Your dollars go to work right away and are invested in people and communities all over the state

  • We award $2,500 scholarships so more high school seniors can attend college

  • You get a very visible return. Whether it’s all of the “Thank Yous" we get at our distribution events or the countless letters and cards of appreciation we receive, together, we are making a very real difference

Over 6,810,750 school supplies given to date 

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Special Thanks to our major sponsors for their support for our
2019 Back 2 School Program

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We thank Fifth Third Bank for donating our office space to us year after year.