The Fund’s Impact

For more than two decades, The Fund has been a stabilizing force for advancing educational excellence citywide.

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Fund 1

$10 million

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2000

Fund 1 established a new, higher bar of quality for teachers and principals through seed investments in organizations that recruit, train and support talented leaders for Chicago’s public schools.

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Fund 2

Fund 2

$15 million

2004

With a new bar established, Fund 2 expanded the number of great educators across Chicago’s schools through investments in new certification programs, and pioneered new ways of supporting teachers and principals.

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Fund 3

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“I am committed to making sure that students are exposed to a wide range of experiences that will allow them to envision who they could become in the future.”

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Fatima Cooke, Deputy Chief of Schools

Fund 3

$20 million

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2008

With more high-quality educators in the city’s schools, Fund 3 focused on Chicago’s ability to identify, support and keep talented educators through investments in aligned teacher, principal and school evaluation systems.

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Fund 4

Fund 4

$25 million

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2013

Fund 4 investments more than doubled the number of high-performing principals in Chicago’s public schools by 2018, supporting these leaders as they transformed and accelerated student learning across the city.

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Fund 5

Fund 5

$26.5 million

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2018

Building on the success of previous years, Fund 5 leverages data and invests in programs and initiatives that enable Chicago to attract, support and keep strong school leaders.

Our Investments

The Fund believes that solutions to the challenges in public schools exist. We devote time, leverage data and invest in programs and initiatives that enable Chicago to attract, support and keep strong principals.

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70%

OF CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVED BY FUND INVESTMENTS

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550

AVERAGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IMPACTED BY ONE CHICAGO PRINCIPAL

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$95M

INVESTED BY THE FUND TO IMPROVE CHICAGO’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS

OUR CURRENT FUND

Why now?

In fall 2017, The Fund launched fundraising efforts to support our current phase of work; a $26.5 million effort to make principal quality an enduring aspect of Chicago’s school improvement strategy, serving more than 600 principals and 350,000 students, with an emphasis on our most vulnerable schools. With continued support from the corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit communities, we will make permanent the gains of the last decade.

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