Our Donors

Many thanks to the following individuals, foundations, companies and other organizations for their generous support during the 2011-2012 school year.

$100,000 and above
Charter School Growth Fund
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
New Schools for Chicago
Walton Family Foundation

$10,000- $99,999
The Broad Center
Children's Inner City Educational Fund
Susan Crown
Patty & Craig Henderson
Illinois Clean Energy Foundation Grant Program
The Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Michael Keiser Donor Advised Fund at The Chicago Community Trust
Anne & Bill Tobey

$5,000- $9,999
Carol Lavin Bernick Family Foundation
Martin & Mary L. Boyer Foundation
Bob & Pamela Delaney
Philip & Regan Friedmann
The Lowe's Charitable and Educational  Foundation
National Center For Philanthropy
Mr. & Mrs. Roger Nelson

$1,000- $4,999
Lorraine Arvin
Fred Blesi
Chicago Foundation for Education
Debbie & David Chizewer
Tim & Allison Coleman
Gorter Family Foundation
Catherine & Richard Gottfred
Brian Lee
Vivian Lee
Anne Matz
Roger S. McEniry
Mr. Richard J. Metzler
Thomas Nieman
ORBA, Certified Public Accountants and Consultants, Jim Quaid, Director
Pass with Flying Colors
Ms. Rebecca Steffes
Laura Thonn

$500- $999
Anonymous (2)
John A. Bollero Jr.
Ben Crist
Phil Dodson
Nancy Gidwitz & Jeff Grossman
Oppenheimer Family Foundation
Tom Spalding
Janet W. Nieman
The Joseph Valenti Jr. Family Foundation

$250- $499
The Adikes Family Foundation
Violet and Anthony Clark
Ms. Pamela J. Flowers-Thomas
Tom Hayden
Deborah Monson
Target Foundation

$100- $249
Academy of Our Lady Alumnae Association
Donnet Downer-Thomas
Isabel's Bowl for Hope
Naomi Maldonado
Homi B. Patel
Ben and Ginevra Ranney
Robert W. Thomas
Patricia & John Zeeman

$1- $99
Vince Campise
Dunbar Alumni Class of 1980
Mary E. Gleason
Jewell Hamilton
Victor & Beverly Horne
Anne Kerr
Audrey & Michael Lang
Hagai Livni
Richarlena Mary-Taylor
Pamela McCarthy
Nelson Montanez
Tonya K. Myers
Martha Polley
Brooke Proto
Katherine Reing
Henry & Peggy Troast
Myrtle Terrell
Al Wordlaw

In Kind Contributions
Alternative Garden Supply
Education Pioneers
Glencoe PTO
Goldberg Kohn
Craig Henderson & Associates
Pass With Flying Colors & Discovery Clothing
Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Matching Gift Companies
The Boston Consulting Group
Illinois Tool Works Foundation
Nuveen Investments Inc.






Funder Profile: Children's Inner City Educational Fund (CICEF)



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.