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The Fund

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

“As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence." - bell hooks

Emily Ash

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Alisha Yadav Berglund

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

Fortunata Blecharczyk

"Time and again, history has shown us that there is nothing – nothing – more powerful than ordinary citizens coming together for a just cause." – Michelle Obama

Steffani Dornan

“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

“You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day. This is a power you can cultivate.” - Elizabeth Gilbert

Kali Graves

"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

“Talent without work is nothing more than raw unfinished material.” – Konstantin Stanislavski

Joe Pindelski

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

DJ Williams

"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou

Adriana Rakshana

"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

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” —Rumi

Alpha Diallo

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” —Maya Angelou

Lauren Marut
Elise Lamarre
Isis Hutchens

“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” —Malala Yousafzai

Elana Rich

“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
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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.