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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.

We invite you to learn more about our specific grants by clicking on any link below.

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The Fund’s National Board Certification Incentives
  • Amount: $2,450,000
  • Fund: 1, 2,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs,
  • Year: 2000

The Fund’s unprecedented incentive program attracted additional dollars to the table — the(...)

Chicago Data Initiative
  • Amount: $320,000
  • Fund: 3,
  • Focus Area: Policy,
  • Year: 2007-09

The Fund supported a collaborative effort between CPS and the Harvard Graduate School(...)

Chicago Public Schools National Board Certification Program
  • Amount: $914,4355
  • Fund: 1, 2,
  • Focus Area: System,
  • Year: 2000-08

The Fund established the CPS National Board Certification (NBC) Program to support large(...)

Chicago Teachers Union Quest Center, Nurturing Teacher Leadership Program
  • Amount: $750,000
  • Fund: 1, 2,
  • Focus Area: Innovation and Programs, System,
  • Year: 2000-08

The Chicago Teachers Union’s Nurturing Teacher Leadership is an 11-month program of weekly(...)

Designs for Change
  • Amount: $75,000
  • Fund: 2,
  • Focus Area: System,
  • Year: 2006-07

Local School Councils (LSCs) learned how to make the best principal selections for(...)

Fund Fellows/Education Pioneers
  • Amount: $230,000
  • Fund: 2,
  • Focus Area: System,
  • Year: 2004-10

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.