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The Fund’s management team proves an integral asset to our success. Combined with our financial capital and our portfolio of program investments, The Fund is building a critical mass of great public schools in Chicago. Our team, comprised of individuals dedicated to this mission, values equity, integrity and excellence, and we employ collaboration, innovation and effective leadership to set and reach our goals.

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"Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation." – Robert H. Schuller

Heather Y. Anichini

"Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Fortunata Blecharczyk

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Annie Filer

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Nelson Gerew

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." – W.B. Yeats

Elizabeth Greiwe

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." – Mahatma Gandhi

Chaula Gupta

"Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand” -Oprah Winfrey

Rashida Kimbrue

"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." – Søren Kierkegaard

Esther Lee

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." – Barack Obama

Monica Martens

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Anna Piepmeyer

“The function of freedom is to free someone else.” – Toni Morrison

DJ Williams

"I am deliberate and afraid of nothing." –Audre Lorde

Wayne Zhang

“When I dare to be powerful — to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” — Audre Lorde

Patricia Mota

“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: you create a good future by creating a good present.” —Eckhart Tolle

Mescha Grammer-Ploss

“The educator has the duty of not being neutral.” —Paulo Freire

Naureen Kheraj

“The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy.” - bell hooks

Alexis Ayala

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”― Albert Camus

Parnika Praleya
Kiara Jackson

"Social advance depends as much upon the process through which it is secured as upon the result itself." - Jane Addams

Anna Weiss

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” - Nelson Mandela

Jarvis Williams

“The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.” -James Baldwin

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

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