A Better Chicago invests in a group of nonprofits that is creating educational opportunity for our region’s low-income, at-risk population. All of the organizations we support have passed our rigorous due diligence prior to funding. While our grantees vary in terms of size, location and tenure, they share several important traits, including a results-driven program model, strong leadership, solid financials and a vision for growth.

 

How we invest

Our investment portfolio is constructed around three strategies and two funds

 
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Investments to open new schools or expand existing schools

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Investments to school operators or programs to improve existing schools

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Investments to nonprofits providing services to improve student achievement

 
 

Growth Fund

Significant investments to grow successful organizations with strong track records

Venture Fund

Seed investments in promising, early stage models with strong leaders

 

Selection criteria

A Better Chicago seeks to find, fund and scale organizations that significantly improve educational outcomes for low-income students. While our grantees vary in terms of size, location and tenure, they share several important traits, including a results-driven program model, strong leadership and ambitious growth plans.

Learn more about our selection criteria


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A Better Chicago uses a rigorous due diligence process to select its grantees. Please submit your information to be considered for funding.