Big Shoulders Fund commits $1.8 million for Chicago Catholic schools

Big Shoulders Fund commits $1.8 million for Chicago Catholic schools

The Chicago-based Big Shoulders Fund has announced a $1.8 million investment in support of high-need Catholic schools in the city.

The investment by the fund, which serves seventy-two of the highest-need Catholic schools in Chicago, will ensure the schools remain open for the nearly three thousand students enrolled. The latest investment by the fund follows a commitment of $67 million over ten years it announced a year ago to protect thirty of the highest-need schools in its network.

"During this public health crisis, schools in the Big Shoulders Fund network have risen to the challenge of continuing to provide an exceptional educational experience to their students despite the challenging circumstances brought on by the pandemic," said the fund's founding chair and current co-chair, James J. O'Connor. "We are honored to be able to provide this investment to help schools continue to enrich their communities and ensure inner-city students have access to a high-quality education, food and clothing resources, school materials, technology and Internet support, and other critical resources, regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances."

"Big Shoulders Fund announces a nearly $2M investment to protect the future of students and heroic educators." Big Shoulders Fund press release 01/22/2021.