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: $540,000

Year: 2003-06

Amount: $790,000

Year: 2001-05

The Fund made the seed investment in the New Leaders program, which recruits, trains and supports aspiring school leaders.

Amount: $610,250

Year: 2000-08

The Fund made the lead investment to bring TFA to Chicago and holds a seat on the local advisory board.

Amount: $100,000

Year: 2006-07

The Fund, in partnership with the Joyce Foundation, made a seed investment in TNTP to work with Chicago Public Schools in launching the Chicago Teaching Fellows program.

Amount: $750,000

Year: 2003-08

The Fund made the seed investment in UIC’s program beginning in 2003. The program was a founding member of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC) and is one of 10 member programs today.

Amount: $195,000 (and staff time)

Year: 2010

Beginning in 2010, Fund staff and directors worked closely with CPS leaders to discuss major issues related to teacher evaluation in Chicago.

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