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Chicago Film Archives depends on partnerships and support from individuals, businesses and other organizations to maintain CFA’s collections of over 40,000 films and videos that require extensive labor and materials to preserve and provide access.
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Make a Donation

Chicago Film Archives’ collections contain over 40,000 historic films and videos. As an independent and freestanding nonprofit archive, our ability to preserve and facilitate access to these films and the histories they embody depends on financial support from individuals and other partners who share our vision.


If you prefer to donate by check, mail your donation to 329 W 18th St, Suite #610, Chicago, IL 60616


Chicago Film Archives is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. CFA’s EIN is 84-1634391.

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Sponsor a Collection

Would you like to support and expand CFA’s ability to care for and digitize a specific collection?


Specialized knowledge, equipment, and supplies along with hours of labor are required to hand-inspect each film, to maintain the cold-storage vault where they are stored, to digitize them, and to describe the films in our catalog to make it possible for the public and researchers to discover them via our website. Collection sponsorships are a commitment to support CFA’s ability to do all of this work for a specific collection of the sponsor’s choosing. View our current collection sponsors here.


You can become a sponsor of a CFA collection with a donation of $2,000 or more. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact us by phone at (312) 243-1808 or by email at

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