Our incredible portfolio provides Chicago’s youth with the education and skills to succeed and break the cycle of poverty.
Significant investments to grow successful organizations with strong track records
Bottom Line is a national education organization that is addressing the degree divide by providing academic, personal and financial counselling to empower low-income, first-generation students to attend and succeed in college. The organization is committed to building strong connections with students by providing them with individualized support.
Chicago Scholars selects, trains, and mentors academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to enroll in, persist and graduate from college.
KIPP is a national network of charter schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.
The Noble Network of Charter Schools is a catalyst for educational equity in Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives.
OneGoal’s mission is to close the college divide by enlisting and training the nation’s best educators to teach underperforming high school students (students beginning 11th grade with a 2.0-3.0 GPA) how to enroll in and succeed in college.
One Million Degrees accelerates community college students’ progress on career pathways to economic mobility by providing academic, professional, personal, and financial supports to highly motivated, low-income students pursuing associate’s degrees or post-secondary certificates.
Seed investments in promising, early stage models with strong leaders
College Possible provides intensive coaching and support to low-income students to help them get into and graduate from college.
GROWCommunity is a community-wide effort that seeks to build a high-quality K-12 system across Chicago’s north side.
Pathways at NLU seeks to address the most critical barriers inhibiting bachelor’s degree attainment for low-income students. Operating as a program within National Louis University, Pathways provides an innovative, student-centered, technology-enhanced bachelor’s degree model at an affordable cost.
iMentor partners with high schools in low-income communities to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in college.
A Better Chicago uses a rigorous due diligence process to select its grantees. The first step in the application process is to fill out this form. We will respond to all applications within two months of submission.