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Our Next Phase

Contrary to popular narrative, Chicago’s students are making impressive academic gains.

According to researchers at Stanford University, Chicago students are showing consistent growth and improving faster than their peers in other major cities. For example, students in Baltimore and Chicago enter third grade academically behind. By eighth grade, students in Chicago largely catch up; in Baltimore, students lose even more ground.

Research and experience tell us that the formula for sustaining and accelerating these gains in Chicago must include investment in the principals leading transformational change.

In fall 2017, The Fund will launch fundraising efforts to support our next phase of work; a $25 million effort to build the systems required to make principal quality an enduring aspect of Chicago’s school improvement strategy, while unlocking the potential for innovative leadership citywide.

To learn more about how you can support this work, please contact The Fund’s Director of Engagement Lauren Burdette at

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.