Our Model

Our unique approach allows your dollar to go further.

Together, we can build a better Chicago.

Our model dramatically improves opportunities for low-income Black and Latinx youth by leveraging the collective power of Chicagoans who want to make our city more equitable. We raise funds from donors who want to amplify their impact, then invest both meaningful grant dollars and strategic capacity-building support that help the organizations in our portfolios grow in scale and impact.

100% Impact

Every dollar donated directly supports Chicago’s high-impact nonprofits.


We do the homework for you and build a portfolio of high-potential, high-impact organizations and leaders.


We invest financial and intellectual capital to help our portfolio organizations succeed.


We carefully track our portfolio’s performance and share results.

Our selection criteria

We employ a rigorous and comprehensive due diligence process to ensure that we consistently make strong investment decisions. Our team assesses candidate organizations across four key criteria areas:


Compelling models that produces a meaningful lift in key educational outcomes


LeadersĀ  capable of mobilizing resources, building strong teams and driving results



Organization is financially and operationally sound



Program model is designed to scale meaningfully with a high level of fidelity