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Our Approach


The Fund improves Chicago's public schools by investing in the talented, innovative leaders who run them. We partner with Chicago Public Schools, the City of Chicago, the local philanthropic community and school leaders to build and sustain a culture of strong leadership.

Why Chicago?

Chicago is one of the best cities in the nation for strong principals. Chicago principals have more control over budget, curriculum and staffing decisions than their peers across Illinois and in other major cities. With The Fund's continued investment in principal leadership, we will increase the number of strong principals in Chicago, while ensuring more students are in a school with a strong leader.

Our Next Phase
70
%

of Chicago public schools served by Fund investments

550

Average number of students impacted by one Chicago principal

$74M

Invested by The Fund to improve Chicago's public schools

Nearly 20 Years of Funding

How we make an impact

Our vision is to give all of Chicago's students access to strong, stable school leadership. We improve schools by creating systems that support strong leaders at every stage of their careers and that create pathways to innovation.

Invest in Chicago's Principals

Double your impact! All new or increasing donations up to $25,000 will be matched by a generous anonymous investor.

Support our Next Phase

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 380,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on our most vulnerable schools.

See Chicago's Principal Pride

We launched the city's first-ever Principal Appreciation Campaign, and one thing is clear: Chicago is proud of its principals.