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The Fund’s 2023 Goal

For nearly 20 years, The Fund has been a stabilizing force for advancing educational excellence citywide. Through several 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.

In 2013, The Fund narrowed our focus to principals. We believed that, with the right supports, principals could transform their schools. We were right. By leveraging past successes, we were able to more than double the number of strong principals in Chicago’s public schools, while growing new systems that will sustain improvement over time.

But there’s still more work to do.

In fall 2017, The Fund launched fundraising efforts for current phase of work, “Fund 5”: 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 360,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on our highest-need schools. With this investment, we will ensure Chicago continues to lead the nation in its commitment to principals.

The future of our students—and our city—depends on it.

By the Numbers


Fundraising Goal


Students Impacted


Principals Served

Our Next Phase

Why Principals?

Invest in Chicago's Principals

Principals have an out-sized impact on their schools and communities. Any amount can make a difference.

Support Our Work

We aim to serve more than 600 principals and 360,000 students by 2023, with an emphasis on the schools that most need support.

Celebrate School Leaders

Every October, school communities, city officials, and corporate leaders join together to lift up the great work of principals.