At Pilgrim, we strive to put the Fun into Fundraising! During the year the Parent Teacher league organizes various events, such as the Annual Auction and Quiz Night, which are great ways to help the school while meeting new people. We also have everyday opportunities to help.

Pilgrim Lutheran Pre-k students on stage at a fundraiser

Shopping Certificates
Full of guilt for wanting that new pair of shoes? Desperately trying to justify that large box of chocolates? Help is at hand with our shopping certificate program – our certificates are as good as cash at scores of national and local retailers, including the likes of Jewel, Dominick’s, Shell, Mobil and numerous restaurant chains, and can bring a feeling of virtue to even the most extravagant purchase! Certificates are available twice a week in the school office and after church services on Sundays.
For a current list of certificates available, contact the school office.

Amazon Smile
Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Pilgrim when you start your shopping at Select Pilgrim Lutheran Church English Synod.

Thrivent Financial Fund for Lutherans is a new way to automatically increase your contributions. If you own a specific Thrivent product, Thrivent will add 50% to any contribution you make to Pilgrim School. That means if you donate $50, Thrivent will add $25 to that amount. Thrivent offers insurance, mutual funds and investment advice.
For more information, contact Pilgrim’s Thrivent agent Ed Nelson at 773-545-5244 or visit their website at

Annual Party for Pilgrim
This is the highlight of the Pilgrim social calendar! The whole Pilgrim community of parents, church members and friends come together for an evening of dinner, dancing and shopping, with the occasional drink thrown in for good measure! It is a wonderful chance to socialize and party for a good cause, and has helped fund such popular projects as the new playground. Items up for bid include Cubs and Sox tickets, dining experiences, weekend getaways and perennial favorites like themed parties thrown by groups of parents. Not to be missed!
For more info, contact the school office.




Magazine Subscriptions
Each fall we have a Magazine Drive for both new and renewing subscriptions. Magazines may be ordered all year at 40% of all orders is donated to Pilgrim. Go to and follow the online directions to order magazines for your family to read at home.
Our school account number is: 425008656
Be sure to tell your family & friends!

Greenery Sales
Add a festive touch to your home with a fresh Christmas wreath and decorations, and add a splash of color to your garden with a fall order of bulbs. Our annual goal is to raise $100 per teacher, to be used for equipment and supplies.

Direct Contributions
We gratefully accept cash donations throughout the year, and will provide the necessary receipts for your tax records. Many companies will match charitable donations, so don’t forget to enquire at work! We would like to thank our Alumni, friends of the school and local businesses for their continued and generous support.
Please contact the school office.

Trivia Night
Trivia night is held once a year as a fundraiser for the 8th grade Washington DC trip. Teams of (8 adult) friends compete to win $500. It is a great night of fun and helps cover costs for our 8th graders. Keep an eye out in January for details.