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.
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.
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.
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.