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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

“The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.” – G.K. Chesterton

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

“Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kurt Kargou

"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

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Kate Turvy

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

DJ Williams
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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

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