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The Fund seeks to be the best vehicle for private sector investment in public education. The Fund’s investors represent a broad cross section of Chicago’s business, civic and philanthropic leaders, each believing in our ability to be good stewards of their money and produce a measurable social return. They have committed $74 million to The Fund since 2000, enabling the organization to identify high-quality programs and outstanding management teams in which to invest financial capital and strategic support.

Thank you to our generous Fund 4 investors.

*Denotes Fund Director

Anonymous investors
Shradha Agarwal
Heather Y. Anichini* & Brennan Young
John & Kathy Barker, in memory of Martha Carol Barker
Laura & George Bilicic*
Blum-Kovler Foundation
Brinson Foundation
CME Group Foundation
Kelsey Connor
The Crown Family
Susan Crown*
The Donnelley Foundation
Anne Filer & Jonathan Bringewatt
Erik & Mary Lou Fyrwald*
John & Rebecca Garabedian*
Jill Garling* & Thomas Wilson
Kate & Marin Gjaja
Brent and Katie Gledhill*

Brian Goodman
Chaula & Nick Gupta
Emma & Patrick Haugh
Illinois Tool Works Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
Janet & Jamie Knupp
Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation/Penny Bender Sebring* & Charles Ashby Lewis
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Matthew Lyons
Malott Family Foundation*
McCormick Foundation
Northern Trust Charitable Trust
The Osa Foundation
Anna Piepmeyer & Benjamin Haley
Polk Bros. Foundation
Pritzker Foundation*

The Prudential Foundation
The Ralph & Evelyn Davis Family Foundation
Lauren B. & John T. Rapp
Kristin Rennels
Brandon & Francie Schnipke Richards
Ashley Richardson
Arnaldo Rivera & Myriah Brown-Rivera
Ralph & Jo Anne Rydholm*
Barbara & Walter Scott
Julie & Brian Simmons*
John and Carrie Smart
Scott & Martha Smith*
State Farm Companies Foundation
Janet Tallberg
W. Clement & Jessie V. Stone Foundation
Zell Family Foundation*
Jon Zitzman

Who we are

Board of Directors

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.