Ways To Help
The U.S. Chess Center is a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission of teaching at-risk youth to play chess in order to improve their academic and social skills.
We rely on the generous support of the community to continue and expand our work. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, and large donations will be acknowledged on our website. Please help by:
- Donating online through PayPal.
- Sending us a check. Our address is U.S. Chess Center, P.O. Box 9797, Washington, D.C. 20016.
- Buying on Amazon through our link
- Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
- Sponsor local matches, leagues and tournaments!
How We Use Your Donations
With your support, we can continue to run and expand our programs for at-risk youth:
- $30 gives a child a month's worth of chess lessons.
- $100 sends a certified chess coach to a club.
- $150 provides chess equipment for a classroom that will last a decade or more.
- $270 provides a full scholarship for the annual fees for Chess Kids.
- $360 provides a full scholarship for the annual fees for Sunday Chess.
- $3,600 provides a teacher to a Title I classroom for an entire academic year.
Because of your donations, we have been able to:
- Send our teachers to schools in the poorest neighborhoods of Washington, helping students perform at higher levels. Nearly all chess-playing students complete high school in four years.
- Donate chess equipment to schools serving at-risk children.
- Subsidize fees to our Chess Kids and Sunday Chess programs.
- Pay for students to travel to play in national championships, such as the National High School Championships and the Denker Tournament of High School Champions.
- Purchase US Chess Federation memberships for disadvantaged students.
The U.S. Chess Center is committed to using your donations efficiently. You can find our most recent tax filings here. We were recently awarded Silver status by Guidestar, an organization that monitors the transparency and efficiency of charitable organizations.
Where We've Taught Chess
- District of Columbia Public Schools in every neighborhood of the city
- Suburban and private schools
- Public Housing Developments
- Boys and Girls Clubs
- The YMCA
In addition, many dozens of schools and youth centers around the country use our lesson plan to teach their students chess.