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When you invest in the mission of Chess for Success, you help our region’s children succeed, one move at a time.

Chess for Success is an intervention responding to the academic deficiency, lack of educational support systems, and lack of recreational outlets economically disadvantaged and minority children face. 

The tangible benefits of supporting Chess for Success—clubs held twice weekly, tournament opportunities, club t-shirts, and chess sets for each child to keep—are gifts that will brighten the school year for economically disadvantaged and minority children.The intangible benefits last a lifetime.

Hear from educators and students how your support makes a difference.

Our carefully crafted lesson plans help students develop analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that improve behavior and academic performance (attendance, grades, and test scores), building self-confidence. As a result, students begin setting goals for their futures.

Working with our more than three dozen community partners, it is our goal to increase the high school graduation rate (Oregon now ranks worst in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and Washington is 40th) and improve college and workplace readiness.

By helping to close the achievement gap now, at-risk children have the opportunity to succeed in school and in life, ending the cycle of poverty.  

Your support truly is a game changer for more than 3,400 boys and girls.

Please make your tax-deductible contribution today. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated.

Chess for Success has been recognized for fiscal responsibility. We received the Light a Fire 2009 “Most with the Least” award for providing programming at an average cost of $150 per student. In September 2014, we received distinction as a “BBB Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 Better Business Bureau Giving Alliances Standards for Charity Accountability. We remain good stewards of the funds entrusted to us.

Chess for Success is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization: Tax ID 93-1208405