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Our Next Phase

Contrary to popular narrative, Chicago’s students are making impressive academic gains.

According to researchers at Stanford University, Chicago students are showing consistent growth and improving faster than their peers in other major cities. For example, students in Baltimore and Chicago enter third grade academically behind. By eighth grade, students in Chicago largely catch up; in Baltimore, students lose even more ground.

Research and experience tell us that the formula for sustaining and accelerating these gains in Chicago must include investment in the principals leading transformational change.

In fall 2017, The Fund will launch fundraising efforts to support our next phase of work; a $25 million effort to build the systems required to make principal quality an enduring aspect of Chicago’s school improvement strategy, while unlocking the potential for innovative leadership citywide.

To learn more about how you can support this work, please contact The Fund’s Development and Strategy Manager, Destiny Ortega, at dortega@thefundchicago.org.

Invest in Chicago's Principals

Double your impact! All new or increasing donations up to $60,000 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.