Grant Portfolio

The Fund’s grants make a measurable, positive impact on Chicago’s public schools and the students they serve.


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Since 2002, nearly all of Chicago’s principals and 10 percent of the city’s teachers have directly benefited from a Fund-related program. Over that same period, talented principals have led educators to narrow the achievement gap between Chicago’s elementary school students and their Illinois peers. The growing number of strong educators in our schools means tens of thousands of our students are better prepared for success in our global economy.

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Amount: $199,947

Year: 2013

The Fund supported an engagement by the Civic Consulting Alliance (CCA) that focused on principal quality in the City of Chicago.

Amount: $875,000

Year: 2002-05

The Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago’s aspiring principals (LAUNCH) was an early principal preparation program, designed to support and develop aspiring principals for Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

Amount: $100,000

Year: 2003-10

The Fund commissioned multiple studies and reports from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research to consider the distribution and impact of these investments, both in terms of student test score gains and also in terms of school climate.

Amount: $56,000

Year: 2013

The Fund supported the publication and distribution of the 2013-2018 action plan, titled The Next Generation: Chicago’s Children – 21st Century Preparation for Success in College, Career and Life.

Amount: $5,800,000

Year: 2000-12

More than 2,000 CPS teachers received National Board Certification.

Amount: $310,000

Year: 2007-09

This principal pipeline program is a unique collaboration between Teach For America (TFA), the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Chicago Public Schools (CPS).

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