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The Fund’s Next Phase

For nearly 20 years, The Fund has been a stabilizing force for advancing educational excellence citywide. Through eight Chicago Public Schools (CPS) administrations, The Fund catalyzed major shifts in how the city, attracts, supports and keeps strong educators in public schools, and launched dozens of organizations and programs focused on training strong educators in Chicago.

Over the last four years, The Fund narrowed our focus to principals, leveraging past successes to improve principal performance in 350 schools, while growing new systems that will sustain improvement over time.

In fall 2017, The Fund launched fundraising efforts for our next phase of work: a $26.5 million effort to build the systems required to make principal quality an enduring aspect of Chicago’s school improvement strategy, serving more than 600 principals and 380,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on our most vulnerable schools.

By the Numbers


Fundraising Goal


Students Impacted


Principals Served

Our Next Phase

Why Principals?

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