Why Make a Donation?

Why DonateDonations enable Aspire to provide mental health care to people at no or low-cost. Contributions like yours allow us to work with low and moderate-income individuals who need our services and who can’t afford to pay for them out of pocket.

Mental health therapy works. The people we help get better. Children who are bullied begin to stand up for themselves, to do better in class and to make friends on the playground. Families find support on their journey through grief. A couple under stress develop a healthy relationship.

You’ll help break down barriers and end stigma. Mental health problems are often invisible and considered signs of weakness. Donations like yours help us serve people outside the mainstream of mental healthcare and reach those who are too afraid to ask for care. Our community programs take place in trusted settings. Whether it be at their primary care clinic, in a support group, low-income housing venues, or their home -- we make sure individuals and families get treatment where they are most comfortable.

You can give where you live. Aspire is a local, stand-alone charity that has helped children, adolescents, adults and seniors in Montgomery County for over 37 years. We do not draw on a national donor pool. Your contribution goes directly to helping people who live and work in your community.

You can trust Aspire. Aspire was awarded the Maryland Counseling Association '2018 Organization Achievement Award' and the '2018 Diversity Achievement Award for Aspire Clinical Director, America Caballero, LCPC. We’ve been included in the Catalogue for Philanthropy (a selection of DC metropolitan area charities based on “excellence, innovation, and cost-effectiveness”) since 2005. In 2015, Bethesda Magazine’s Best of Bethesda Readers’ Pick awarded Aspire 'Best Family Therapist in 2015'. We are a GuideStar Gold Member and a United Way Charity #8278 and a Combined Federal Campaign Approved Charity #59351.

Aspire understands there are many charities in need of your support. It has been a difficult year for so many people. If you cannot give at this time, please keep Aspire in your thoughts as we continue our work.

If you do wish to make a donation, click here.

Every dollar you give is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Every dollar you give makes a difference.

Thank you once again, wholeheartedly, for your support. I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Thank You,
Carrie Zilcoksi, Executive Director