Our Results

We are committed to transparency and impact.

Impact on our community

We diligently track our portfolio’s performance to ensure that every dollar raised is deployed to achieve the greatest possible impact, and we openly share our portfolio’s outcomes because we believe in the transformative power of transparency and accountability.

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Grantees in our current portfolio

$20,342,283

Value delivered to our grantees

37,679

Lives impacted annually by schools and programs in our portfolio

1,100

Donors fighting poverty by partnering with A Better Chicago

Portfolio performance

A Better Chicago has developed a portfolio dashboard to track our grantees’ performance on key student achievement metrics. Our current dashboard compares our 2025 portfolio targets to Chicago and national actual performance.

Key Indicators of Student Success Portfolio Benchmark* 2017 Portfolio Actual Difference 2025 Portfolio Target Chicago Average
College graduation rate of 9th graders (2-year or 4-year college) 15% 29% 14% 60% 18%
College graduation rate of enrollees (2-year or 4-year college) 33% 39% 6% 70% 18%
College enrollment rate of high school graduates 61% 87% 26% 95% 60%
High school graduation rate of 9th graders 77% 86% 9% 90% 77%
Average SAT score 907 985 78 1010 956
Freshman On-Track 87% 86% -1% 92% 89%
Attendance 93% 93% 0% 95% 93%
PROFICIENT IN 8TH GRADE READING
Percent meeting or exceeding average growth 64% 54% -10% 70% 66%
Percent at or above average performance 63% 62% -1% 60% 74%
PROFICIENT IN 8TH GRADE MATH
Percent meeting or exceeding average growth 58% 57% -1% 70% 62%
Percent at or above average performance 49% 56% 7% 60% 63%
PROFICIENT IN 3RD GRADE READING
Percent meeting or exceeding average growth 54% 49% -5% 70% 58%
Percent at or above average performance 50% 43% -7% 60% 58%
PROFICIENT IN 3RD GRADE MATH
Percent meeting or exceeding average growth 56% 54% -2% 70% 61%
Percent at or above average performance 48% 46% -2% 60% 57%
*Portfolio Benchmark shows the performance of students with demographic and socioeconomic characteristics similar to those of the students served by our grantees. Sources: Chicago Public Schools, Illinois State Board of Education, U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics, The University of Chicago Consortium on School Research, City Colleges of Chicago.

Reports

A Better Chicago is committed to transparency in every aspect of our work. All of our annual investor reports, Form 990s and audited financials are available below.