Our Model

Our unique approach allows your dollar to go further.

Together, we can build a better Chicago.

Our model dramatically improves educational opportunities for low-income Chicagoans. We harness best practices from the public and private sectors to find, fund and scale ideas that have the greatest potential to drive impact.

100% Impact

Every dollar donated is invested directly in Chicago’s best nonprofits.


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


We invest financial and intellectual capital to help our grantees 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