Ways to Donate to Harlem Children’s Zone

Your support changes lives and transforms communities — in Harlem and all over the world.

Make a Difference

Our mission is ambitious. When Geoffrey Canada founded Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) in 2000, he envisioned a community-responsive organization that would strengthen the foundations of neighborhoods by rooting out poverty on every front — block by block and need for need. Twenty years later, we have a generation of proof that place-based solutions to systemic inequities can turn the tide of poverty and open pathways to opportunity and mobility.

As the pioneer of a holistic approach — serving an entire neighborhood, comprehensively, at scale — HCZ has received national recognition for its unprecedented results, transforming how we fight poverty and racial inequities across the U.S. and around the world.

From early childhood, education, and career programs to community outreach and wellness initiatives, HCZ is breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. More than 1,100 of our scholars have graduated college. Now they’re building careers, families, and promising futures for their children and their children’s children.

How to Support HCZ Right Now

Our children and families in Harlem are facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Working side by side with leading anchor institutions in Minneapolis, Oakland, Newark, Detroit, Chicago, and Atlanta, Harlem Children’s Zone conceived and implemented a COVID-19 Relief and Recovery plan to supercharge efforts in Harlem and launch initiatives in partner cities to address Black communities’ most critical pandemic-related needs. This effort includes a comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to emergency relief and recovery, focusing on five crucial areas to help offset the pandemic’s impact on communities.

The five critical areas are:

  • Emergency financial relief
  • Protecting our most vulnerable
  • Bridging the digital divide
  • Zero learning loss
  • Mitigating the mental health crisis

With your generosity, we can provide vital wrap-around services and supports for the children and families of Central Harlem.

How to Make a Donation

Make an Online Donation

Other Ways to Donate

To give by check, please mail to:

Harlem Children’s Zone
Attn: Development
35 East 125th Street
New York, NY 10035

If you send a gift via Wire Transfer please contact The Development team at HCZDevelopment@HCZ.org, so that your gift can be attributed to you.

JPMorgan Chase
Attn. Monalisa DiSaverio
Phone: 201-994-4721
Email: monalisa.l.disaverio@chase.com
Routing (ABA#) 021000021
Account Number: a/c 058063311865
Swift Code: CHASUS33
Acct Name: Harlem Children’s Zone

Please contact The Development team at HCZDevelopment@HCZ.org with the name of the stock and number of shares so that it can be attributed to you.

Merrill Lynch
Attn. Cristela De La Cruz
Phone: 415-274-6016
Fax: 415-599-2283
Email: cristela.de_la_cruz@ml.com
Harlem Children’s Zone Account #: 5G7-02520
DTC #: 8862 (If needed, HCZs tax ID is 237112974)

We have partnered with FreeWill to make supporting future generations of HCZ children through your will easier than ever. Use this online tool to update your will and plan your impactful gift, with no cost to you today. It only takes 20 minutes to help us build a better future.

Contact the Development Team

Every Donation Counts

Every contribution, big or small, makes a difference in two overarching ways:

  • You make a meaningful and tangible difference in individual lives and communities at large. Your donation is passed onto individuals to close learning and opportunity gaps; provide nutritious food, mental health support, and fitness classes; help bring internship and career opportunities to college students and young professionals; and many additional benefits. Need by need, block by block, your contribution builds up communities.
  • You help scale the HCZ model to the people who need it most. Your donation supports our efforts to educate people across the United States and the globe about place-based solutions and how to implement them in under-served and impoverished communities.


Children and adults served annually across 97 blocks


College graduates since 2011


Annual cost per participant, excluding Promise Academy costs

Meet Our Supporters

We couldn’t do what we do without our supporters. They are the lifeblood of our work. We are grateful to each and every one of you who’ve given a donation, big or small, throughout the decades. We wish we could honor each of you here.

A few donors share why they support HCZ.

HCZ supporters since 2010

“We believe a good education is paramount to success in life. We feel that giving to HCZ was the best way to accomplish that goal.”

HCZ supporters since 2010

Four people stand next to each other and smile for the camera.

HCZ supporters since 2013

“HCZ has identified and executed on an innovative and now proven strategy to end generational poverty. We’re passionate about supporting this life-changing work.”

HCZ supporters since 2013

A man and woman sit on a large grass lawn and smile at the camera.

HCZ supporter since 2020

“When the pandemic started, I made and sold masks. I gave all proceeds to HCZ because of its intersectional approach to uplifting people.”

HCZ supporter since 2020

A woman smiles and poses for the camera in front of a wood wall.


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