THE HISTORY OF DIRECT EFFECT CHARITIES
Direct Effect Charities was founded
in 2001 by husband and wife team, Michelle DiGiacomo and Paul Fitzgerald. Their dream was to start a charity that
"directly effected" children in need. In short, to cut out the "middle men" and create programs where
the donor could give directly to the recipient. Over ten years later, we believe we have come as close to that dream as possible.
Sadly, Paul passed away in 2008 but Michelle has continued their vision and now runs the charity with the help of
two wonderful directors, along with a cast of thousands of loving individuals.
Our very first campaign was "Letters to Santa" and that year we helped
to answer 15,000 children's letters written exclusively by Chicago's public school students. It is a program
that has been continued ever since. Our donors come from all walks of life and have one thing in common; the pure joy
they receive from simply giving. It was a great campaign and the perfect start to Direct Effects original
vision. Since losing Paul, we have not been able to answer as many letters without his help but we have consistently answered
9000-10,000 each year after.
Since our inception,
we have served hundreds of thousands of children through the generosity of countless individuals and corporations throughout
the city and suburbs. Our programs cover a myriad of basic needs and continue to grow. You can be assured that when supporting
Direct Effect that your donation will go directly to a needy child or school.
Please join us and directly
support the great needs which exist in our schools today.