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Big Shoulders Fund has a 30-year history of supporting schools through four key areas: scholarship and student achievement, leadership development, academic programming, and operational improvements. Through our existing scholarship program, we are the largest private k-12 scholarship program in Illinois.

Over the past three decades, we’ve been broadening the horizons of students across the Chicagoland area with:

$300 million raised over 30 years$20 million invested annually in our 76 schools$8+ million annually in scholarships with 4,500 scholars(2).png

In 2017, Big Shoulders Fund was approved by the state of Illinois as a Scholarship Granting Organization for the new Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program, made possible by the Illinois Invest in Kids Act.

The Tax Credit Scholarship Program has the potential to provide scholarships for nearly 15,000 additional students across Chicago and the surrounding counties. Through this program, Big Shoulders Fund will continue to open doors for students who otherwise may not have such opportunities.

“Neighborhoods and school communities may change over time, but the mission to ensure high quality, values-based educational options are available to all is a constant.”
— Big Shoulders Fund President and CEO Josh Hale
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