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Donations to Friends of Payton (FOP) support Walter Payton College Prep

Consistent financial support from the Payton community has long been important to our school's success. FOP's fundraising activities supplement the limited budget allotted to Payton through the public school system. By augmenting CPS's funding, FOP helps ensure that Payton's faculty can participate in professional development opportunities, that the technology our teachers and children rely on remains up to date, and that no qualified student faces financial barriers to participating in international travel, athletic, or other opportunities.

Below you'll find details about the many ways you can contribute financially to our school. Remember, FOP is a nonprofit organization (tax ID #36-4409659), so your donations are tax deductible. Thank you for supporting our school.


Ways to Donate to Walter Payton College Prep

1. Contribute to our Annual Appeal

2. Support our spring Gala

3. Purchase items from our Teacher Wish List

4. Shop online via AmazonSmile (instructions below)


Donate to Payton by Shopping on Amazon!

By using AmazonSmile for your online shopping, you get the same low prices, vast selection, convenient checkout and shipping benefits as you'd get through the regular Amazon.com site, with the added bonus that Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase price to Friends of Payton--all at no cost to you! 

To automatically donate to Walter Payton College Prep, simply designate Friends of Payton as the non-profit beneficiary for your Amazon purchases. Doing this takes two minutes and is a one-time process.

From a Mobile Device

  • From your browser (Explorer, Safari, Chrome, etc.), go to smile.amazon.com
  • Log into your Amazon account
  • Scroll to the bottom of the web page and click Change Your Charity
  • Scroll down to Find a different charitable organization and type "Friends of Payton" in the search box
  • Verify you have the correct charity and click Select

Whenever you shop with Amazon, please be sure to use the smile.amazon.com link on your mobile browser. If you use the Amazon App or the regular Amazon.com link, your purchases will not generate a donation. To remind yourself to use AmazonSmile, consider pinning the website (so it looks like an app) to the home screen of your phone by following these easy instructions from HowToGeek.

From a Computer/Laptop (Mac or PC)

  • Go to smile.amazon.com
  • Log into your Amazon account
  • At the top of the page, just below the search bar, click on the orange link that says Supporting
  • Click on Change your Charity
  • On the next page, in the search bar labeled Pick your own charitable organization, type "Friends of Payton"
  • On the search result page, verify you have the correct charity and click Select

When shopping from your computer, please remember to go through the smile.amazon.com link or your purchases will not generate a donation. As an added reminder, consider bookmarking smile.amazon.com in your browser.



To make inquiries about or to help with Payton fundraising, please contact FOP's fundraising team


Friends of Payton (FOP) is a parent-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID #36-4409659) that raises funds and provides volunteer assistance to support Walter Payton College Prep. Our mission is to enrich educational and extracurricular activities with outside resources to supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the public school system.

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