Our CRITERIA

We consider the following four criteria when assessing an organization:

 

1. PROGRAM

Growth Fund: Evidence-based programs that significantly improve educational outcomes for low-income students. We focus on solutions that target students from kindergarten through college graduation.

Venture Fund: Promising early stage models or programs new to Chicago that have the potential to deliver compelling educational outcomes for low-income students.

 

2. LEADERSHIP

Growth Fund: Strong leadership teams, led by seasoned CEOs, that have a track record of success and a culture of using data to drive decisions. 

Venture Fund: Visionary founders or founding leaders who are capable of mobilizing resources and building strong teams.

 

3. OPERATIONS

Growth Fund: Financially and operationally sound, with strong funder relationships, well-trained staff and reliable systems and infrastructure.

Venture Fund: Thoughtful business plans that demonstrate an understanding of the resources and infrastructure required to grow.

 

4. SCALE

Growth Fund: Successful track record of expansion and an ambitious vision for future growth. 

Venture Fund: Models designed to scale meaningfully while maintaining strong outcomes.

 

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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.