Why We Exist

A Better Chicago is changing how Chicago fights poverty by investing in bold ideas that create opportunity for our youth.

Did you know...

... that according to a recent study, 70 percent of all jobs in Illinois will require more than a high school diploma and 42% of all jobs will require a college degree by 2020?

And yet, despite decades of hard work, only 18 percent of Chicago Public School ninth graders go on to graduate from college by the age of 25. We are failing to prepare our students – and our region – to succeed in the 21st century.

This needs to change.

A Better Chicago is changing how Chicago fights poverty by investing in bold ideas that create opportunity for our youth. We believe that a world-class education has the ability to change everything and that efficient and effective philanthropy has the power to transform our city.

We partner with and invest in the city’s highest-performing ideas and programs. These organizations are truly making a difference in educational outcomes for students from early learning through college and career.

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How we're different

100% Impact

 Every dollar donated is invested directly into Chicago’s best nonprofits

Diligence

We do the homework for you and only invest in the most effective nonprofits

Partnership

We invest financial and intellectual capital to help our grantees succeed

Results

We carefully track our grantees’ performance and share results

Our progress to date

We have made compelling progress since opening our doors in 2010. Together, we have:

  • Raised more than $20 million to invest in Chicago’s most effective nonprofits providing educational opportunity to young people;
  • Built a portfolio of 11 high-performing grantees who are outperforming benchmarks across a number of key indicators for academic success; and
  • Cultivated a community of supporters including a network of high impact donors and partnerships with world class professional services firms who help grantees tackle their most pressing strategic and operational challenges.

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