Our Grantees

Our incredible portfolio provides Chicago’s youth with the education and skills to succeed and break the cycle of poverty.

Growth Fund

Significant investments to grow successful organizations with strong track records

Investment to date $911K
Students Served 1,036

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.

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Investment to date $1.7M
Students Served 2,407

Chicago Scholars selects, trains, and mentors academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to enroll in, persist and graduate from college.

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Investment to date $1.5M
Students Served 3,875

KIPP is a national network of charter schools dedicated to preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life.

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Investment to date $1.45M
Students Served 12,543

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.

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OneGoal
Investment to date $4.0M
Students Served 4,300

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.

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Investment to date $2.62M
Students Served 805

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.

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Investment to date $1.9M
Students Served 3,875

Reading In Motion improves literacy skills of low-income kindergarten and first-grade students through an arts-based curriculum. The organization trains school teachers to deliver its daily curriculum and provides ongoing coaching and data support in the classroom to ensure model fidelity and strong program outcomes.

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Apply to Become a Grantee

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.