DONORS & PARTNERS
Thank you to the people and organizations whose generosity during the 2012-2013 school year has made critical investments possible even in the face of public funding challenges. We are grateful for your support and the difference that it makes for the students, teachers and staff of the CICS network.
$100,000 and Above
Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation
John & Weezie Gates Charitable Trust
American Hospital Association
Up to $500
Up to $500, Continued
In Honor Of
Thomas F. McGrath III
Matching Gift Companies
Illinois Tool Works
Academy for Global Citizenship
Local, State, and Federal Contributors
Chicago Public Schools
Thank you to all those who gave using donorschoose.org
Fifteen years ago, John Canning was moved by the tragic story of a small child who fell from a window to her death on the south side of Chicago. The incident sparked discussions about what could be done in communities across the city to keep kids safe, engaged and learning outside of traditional school hours. John decided to take action, rallying colleagues, clients and friends for a fundraising event to help one school – Holy Angels Catholic School, also on the south side – pay for after school programming.
This single spark was the beginning of Children’s Inner City Educational Fund (CICEF). Three more of John’s colleagues at Madison Dearborn Partners have gotten involved since then to help oversee the Fund. Nick Alexos, Doug Grissom and Brittany Smith also identified three additional schools to benefit from its work, among them another parochial school, a Chicago Public Schools elementary school and Chicago International Charter School’s (CICS) Bucktown campus. The group hosts periodic fundraising events to support long-term relationships with schools.
Holy Angels was a great first partner and has come to symbolize CICEF’s goal to serve “a little bit like angels,” according to Nick. The fund’s support has been a wonderful gift for the scholars of CICS Bucktown, where public grant funding for after school programs ended in 2010. CICEF has filled much of the void, allowing the school to continue partnering with outstanding program providers and seek out new ones based on opportunity and student interest. For the 2012-2013 school year, the arts-focused programming made possible by CICEF includes musical options from choir to rock band, theater, yoga, and skateboard-building.
The time between school dismissal and when adults typically get home from work continues to be the most dangerous part of the day for kids in Chicago. We are fortunate at CICS Bucktown to offer so many great, safe learning opportunities for students during this time. Thanks to Children’s Inner City Educational Fund and especially to Brittany Smith, who has been a welcome guest at SCORPS performances, choir concerts and skate park trips.