Education & Economic Development Grants

2015 ANNUAL REPORT

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The Chicago Community Trust seeks to secure metropolitan Chicago’s economic future by improving the quality of education for all students; developing, attracting and retaining a globally competitive workforce; and collaborating with the public and private sectors to develop and implement an economic plan that strengthens the Chicago region as a global economic center.

In fiscal year 2015, the Trust awarded $11,364,605 in grants to support this priority.

  • Education

    HIGH-QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING IN ALL CORE CURRICULAR AREAS

    Big Shoulders Fund
    $190,000* for strengthening of science instruction from pre-k to high school in three Chicago Public Schools networks and in a subset of Big Shoulders Fund schools

    Big Shoulders Fund
    $383,500* for two math initiatives aimed at improving the quality of mathematics instruction from pre-k through high school in 20 Big Shoulders Fund schools

    Big Shoulders Fund
    $200,000 for language and literacy instructional improvement in schools

    Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation
    $250,000 for the expansion of its Social Science Academy

    DePaul University
    $700,000 for strengthening mathematics teaching and learning by providing professional development for Chicago Public Schools network teams of teachers and staff

    DePaul University
    $275,000* for strengthening of science instruction from pre-k to high school in three Chicago Public Schools networks and in a subset of Big Shoulders Fund schools

    Erikson Institute
    $323,000 for strengthening mathematics teaching by providing professional development in Chicago Public Schools networks

    Loyola University Chicago School of Education
    $270,000 for strengthening of language development and literacy teaching and learning in three Chicago Public Schools networks of elementary and secondary schools

    Loyola University Chicago Center for Math and Science Education
    $190,000* for strengthening science instruction from pre-k to high school in three Chicago Public Schools networks and in a subset of Big Shoulders Fund schools

    University of Chicago Network for College Success
    $270,000 for the Language, Literacy and Leadership project in Chicago public high schools

    University of Chicago Center for Elementary Math and Science Education
    $185,000* for strengthening science instruction from pre-k to high school in three Chicago Public Schools networks and in a subset of Big Shoulders Fund schools

    University of Illinois at Chicago Learning Sciences Research Institute
    $350,000 for an evaluation of the South Suburban Cook County Mathematics Initiative

    Subtotal $3,586,500


    FACILITATING COLLEGE ACCESS AND SUCCESS

    Scholarship America
    $750,000 for the distribution of the William J. Cook Scholarship

    Scholarship America
    $15,000 for the distribution of the Eleanor L. Swartz Scholarship

    Scholarship America
    $2,875 for management of the Leonard and Bernice Lavin scholarships

    Scholarship America
    $51,080 for $50,000 toward the Leonard and Bernice Lavin scholarship awards; $1,080 management fee

    Subtotal $818,955


    STRENGTHENING TEACHER AND SCHOOL LEADER PREPARATION

    Loyola University Chicago School of Education
    $100,000* for the Strengthening Instruction for Diverse Learners program

    University of Chicago Center for Elementary Math and Science Education
    $246,000* for the creation of a math specialist program for teachers in grades 3-5

    Subtotal $346,000


    RESPONSIVE EDUCATION

    Chicago Council on Science and Technology
    $25,000 for raising civic science literacy and advancing general science education on current STEM issues

    Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation
    $100,000 for general operating support

    Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago
    $20,000 for the 25th anniversary workshop

    Forefront
    $25,000 for the development of a recommendation on the infrastructure needed to ensure all Chicago students obtain postsecondary degrees

    Loyola University Chicago School of Education
    $25,000 for the start-up of Arrupe College

    National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics
    $150,000* for the development of a parent portal

    University of Chicago Center for Elementary Math and Science Education
    $225,000 for general operating support

    WestEd
    $225,000 for general operating support

    The Chicago Community Trust
    $5,000 for the Communities for Public Education Reform collaborative

    Community Renewal Society
    $7,500 for Catalyst Chicago’s 25th anniversary community engagement activities

    Community Renewal Society
    $70,000 for Chicago public education reporting and its community outreach events for the 25th anniversary

    Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago
    $300,000 for two studies on reforms in Chicago Public Schools: a study examining the impact of school closings and a study of Common Core implementation

    Erikson Institute
    $25,000 for matching support of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Development project

    Free the Children
    $200,000 for development and implementation of its We Act program in underserved Chicago-region schools

    Illinois Arts Alliance
    $25,000 for the engagement of experts and the stakeholder community to make recommendations to the Illinois State Board of Education regarding the adoption and implementation of new arts learning standards in Illinois

    Ingenuity Incorporated Chicago
    $200,000 for ongoing work to strengthen arts education in Chicago Public Schools

    Junior Achievement of Chicago
    $75,000* for the 75th anniversary goal and support programs for 560 schools

    Loyola University Chicago
    $118,000* for the evaluation of the NGSS Collaborative

    Payton Citywide Math Circle
    $25,000 for expansion to four satellite sites across the city

    University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
    $15,000 for the Education Writers Association’s 68th National Seminar, an annual gathering of 550 education journalists, leaders and experts

    University of Chicago Urban Education Institute
    $250,000* for the UTEP teacher preparation program

    University of Chicago Center for Elementary Math and Science Education
    $200,000 for developing coherence in Chicago-area university-based STEM education efforts and to inform leaders and policymakers about effective STEM education

    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education
    $80,000 for the PRAIRIE Group’s external evaluation of The Chicago Community Trust-supported literacy and language development projects

    Subtotal $2,390,500


    TOTAL EDUCATION $7,141,955

    *Grants made from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

  • Workforce Development

    JOB TRAINING AND PLACEMENT PROGRAMS

    Arise Chicago
    $50,000 for work on behalf of low-wage workers

    Automotive Mentoring Group
    $40,000 for employment training for ex-offenders

    Bethel New Life
    $50,000* for employment training for ex-offenders

    BLUE1647
    $65,000* for a training and entrepreneurial tech center in Englewood

    Calumet Area Industrial Commission
    $50,000* for job placement work in the Calumet region

    Center on Halsted
    $50,000 for general operating support

    Centro de Trabajadores Unidos: Immigrant Workers Project
    $40,000* for assistance to low-wage workers

    Chicago Community and Workers Rights
    $40,000* for assistance to low-wage workers

    Chicago Jobs Council
    $22,650 for the Fathers, Families and Healthy Communities project

    The Chicago Community Foundation/Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
    $100,000* for workforce development programming

    Chinese American Service League
    $40,000* for the chef training program

    Erie Neighborhood House
    $50,000 for employment bridge programs

    Ethiopian Community Association of Chicago
    $30,000* for workforce training in electro-mechanical manufacturing

    Greater West Town Community Development Project
    $60,000* for workforce training and placement programs on Chicago’s West Side

    Inner-City Computer Stars Foundation
    $30,000* for the employment training program

    Institute for Latino Progress
    $80,000 for manufacturing employment training and placement program

    Jane Addams Resource Corporation
    $150,000 for advanced manufacturing and welding training programs

    National Able Network
    $50,000 for the IT training program

    Safe Haven Foundation
    $50,000 for the welding training program for ex-offenders and homeless individuals

    Safer Foundation
    $190,000 for the metalworking training and placement program

    Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
    $75,000 for job placement programming

    Upwardly Global
    $40,000* for the immigrant employment program

    Westside Health Authority
    $40,000 for its opposition to discriminatory employer practices on Chicago’s West Side

    Women Employed
    $30,000* for reforming education and training in community colleges in Chicago

    Woodlawn Community Development Corporation
    $40,000* for the youth training program in media careers

    World Business Chicago
    $50,000* for the 1,000 Jobs campaign

    Subtotal $1,512,650


    RESPONSIVE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

    Breaking Ground
    $25,000 for the metalworking training program

    Subtotal $25,000


    TOTAL WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT $ 1,537,650

    *Grants made from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

  • Economic Development

    REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Manufacturing Renaissance
    $25,000 for general operating support

    Chicago Council on Global Affairs
    $250,000* for the implementation of the recommendations of the Chicago Global Engagement Task Force

    Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Foundation
    $150,000* for the creation of the Chicagoland Business Leadership Network

    iBIO Institute
    $500,000* for operations and programming

    Metropolis Strategies
    $130,000* for economic development for Cook County

    Metropolitan Planning Council
    $250,000 for research for policy recommendations to address economic isolation and income inequity

    Northwestern University
    $1,000,000* for continued support of the Chicago Biomedical Consortium

    University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning
    $20,000 for the development of a social and economic impact analysis of the Illinois state budget

    University of Illinois UIC Urban Forum
    $25,000 for 2015 UIC Urban Forum, Remaking the Urban School Contract: Health, Energy and the Environment

    World Business Chicago
    $300,000* for implementation of the Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs

    Subtotal $2,650,000


    RESPONSIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    Alliance for Regional Development
    $10,000 for planning and execution of The Third Summit on Regional Competitiveness

    The Chicago Community Trust
    $25,000 for the implementation and advocacy of FARM Illinois’ strategic recommendations

    Subtotal $35,000


    TOTAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT $2,685,000

    *Grants made from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

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