NeighborSpace is Chicago’s only community garden land-trust. We shoulder the bureaucratic burdens of land ownership so that Chicago’s people can concentrate on gardening. We do environmental testing to ensure the land is safe for growing, help out with emergencies, and make sure that gardens have access to water. Most importantly, we hold title to and protect this land so that community gardeners can tend their plots on it forever.

It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it. From Rogers Park to Austin to South Shore and in between, embracing vegetable, flower, pantry, nature play, and prairie gardens as well as job-training farms, and working with a wide array of community partners*, NeighborSpace preserves a growing network of 87 sites. To do all this, we depend upon the support of individuals like you.


Donate Dollars

NeighborSpace is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. There are several ways to donate:

  • Make a secure online donation via PayPal.
  • Download our donor form, print it out, and send it with your check to
             445 N Sacramento Blvd
             Chicago, IL 60612
  • Contact us by email or call (773)826-3240 for assistance in making a donation.

Thank you for your support!


In-Kind Donations

Gardens are often seeking donations of various materials in good, working condition. If you have something you’d like to donate please contact NeighborSpace at 773-826-3240 or, and we will help match your donation with a community garden in need. 

We are open to any donations. However, we are especially looking for the following items:

  • Gardening tools such as shovels and trowels
  • Wheelbarrows
  • Hoses and spray nozzles
  • Landscape cloth/weed barrier
  • Picnic tables and benches
  • Trellises
  • Compost and soil (organic)
  • Gravel for paths
  • Plants
  • Divided plants
  • Seedlings
  • Seeds
  • Garden gloves
  • …or other garden materials that you want to put to a good use.


Donate Land

If you own open land in Chicago and wish to donate a parcel to NeighborSpace that is less than two acres in size, please contact Executive Director Ben Helphand. We would be pleased to work with you to find the most appropriate strategy for a tax-deductible donation of property. In rare situations, NeighborSpace may be able to purchase open lands that are less than two acres in size.