A Few Key Details about the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation

Although the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation doesn't have a website and doesn't exactly make grantseeking an easy task for nonprofits, there are a few things we've discovered about this local funder. Here are a few key details to keep in mind about this (almost) billion dollar family foundation.
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Why the Joyce Foundation Chose a Wall Street Journal Reporter to Lead Its Education Program

A national writer for the Wall Street Journal steps into the role of Senior Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation's Education Program this month. Meet Stephanie Banchero, who's written extensively about many of the issues that Joyce addresses with its grantmaking.
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Polk Brothers Foundation Helps Teach the Teachers at Chicago Public Schools

The Polk Brothers Foundation has already funded over fifteen education-based nonprofit organizations in Chicago this year, including the Academy for Urban School Leadership. Polk gave $100,000 to the Academy to support their Turnaround Coaching Program, which coaches the educators at Chicago's low-performing public schools.

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Chicago Community Trusts Has Big Shoulders to Lean On

Thanks to Chicago Community Trust's annual $250,000 grants, the Big Shoulders Fund has been successful in educating the poorest and most disadvantaged inner-city areas of Chicago. Chicago Community Trust also helps the Big Shoulders Fund implement project-based professional growth development programs for nearly 800 teachers each year.

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MacArthur Doubles Down: Education and Digital Media Grants Foster Summer Learning

Although The MacArthur Foundation's education funding has historically focused on international improvements, it is doing a fair job of supporting learning initiatives right here in Chicago. MacArthur is currently supporting the City of Chicago and Mozilla to reward children for summer program participation through the Summer of Learning initiative.

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The Joyce Foundation Helps Improve Chicago Public Schools’ Reputation

The Chicago Public School system has never had the best reputation for providing top-notch education for the city's youth. In 2012, the the Joyce Foundation gave $250,000 to Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation. This grant was part of Joyce’s Innovation Grant program and went towards supporting the establishment of a new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Office of Strategy Management and the development of a comprehensive 10-year Neighborhood Vision for CPS.

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