Invest in Indiana Youth Today!

Communities In Schools relies on the generosity of its supporters to ensure that Indiana youth are prepared to achieve a strong future they can be proud of.

We are proud to be efficient and provide a strong return on investment to its funders. Every dollar invested in CIS creates $11.60 of economic benefit. Nationally, CIS spends $170.63 on each student served.

Will you make your investment today in the future of our region?”

  • $400.00 sponsors a full year scholarship for 1 student to attend after-school programs
  • $70.00 sponsors a child to attend In/Out of state college tour (transportation, food, and lodging included)
  • $20.00 purchases a school supply kit for a student
  • $15.00 will help fill basic needs
  • $10.00 sponsors a child’s participation in off-site field trip (includes admission and food)
  • You may donate any amount of your choice.
By Mail:

Please send donations to:

  • 100 W Chicago Ave. Suite G, East Chicago, IN 46312

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? 

AmazonSmile donates to Communities in Schools of East Chicago Incorporated when you do your holiday shopping at

Did you know you can receive tax credits when you donate?

“One fundraising tool that CIS of Lake County uses is the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits. Each year the state gives CIS of Lake County NAP tax credits to sell to those wishing to donate to us. By purchasing NAP credits through CIS of Lake County you can receive a tax credit toward your Indiana state income tax liability valued at 50% of the amount of your purchase. Purchasing NAP credits allows those wishing to donate to truly reap the benefits of tax credits. For more information and to purchase NAP credits please call us at (219) 378-9114.”

Proven Results

Communities In Schools is an evidence-based organization; we effectively deliver the human, financial, and community resources to help children succeed in school and in life. See what we’re doing around in our communities.


The Communities In Schools Total Quality System (TQS) is used as a yardstick for continuous quality improvement and growth throughout our network. The goal of TQS is to ensure uniform quality and improved outcomes for the students we serve, and all of our TQS-accredited affiliates to date have demonstrated both decreased dropout rates and increased graduation rates.

Stanford Social Innovation Review Features Communities In Schools

Read an article on Communities In Schools’ integrated student services model in the summer 2013 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). “Keeping Kids in School,” appears in the ‘What Works’ column. The award-winning magazine, written for and by leaders in the nonprofit, business and government sectors, covers academic theory and practical ideas for achieving social change. Published at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University, SSIR views collaboration as key to solving environmental, social and economic justice issues.

The article details how Communities In Schools uses a mix of hard data (research and evaluation) and soft skills (caring site coordinators) to reduce dropout rates and improve graduation rates.

Read the complete article here:

Five Year National Evaluation Executive Summary

A comprehensive analysis of the findings on the impact of Communities In Schools.
The national evaluation, conducted by ICF International, was designed to determine whether Communities In Schools has an impact on student-level and school-level outcomes. The results shown here are confirmation of what Communities In Schools has been doing for the past 30 years – empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life.

Click Here To Download a copy of the Five-Year National Evaluation Executive Summary: Five-Year Evaluation Executive Summary.pdf


Communities in Schools Lake County, 100 W Chicago Ave. Suite G, East Chicago, IN 46312

Tel: 219-378-9114

Fax: 219-398-9118