Funders & Supporters

Without the support of granting institutions, UChicago Consortium's independent research on urban education reform would not be possible. Grantors have provided funds in support of individual research programs, research outreach, and publication activities. Listed below are current and past grantors and links to their websites.

Current Grantors

The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Atlantic is a limited life foundation that makes grants through its five programme areas: Ageing, Children & Youth, Population Health, Reconciliation & Human Rights, and Founding Chairman. Atlantic is active in Bermuda, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United States and Viet Nam.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Gates Foundation's website proclaims, "In today's world—where virtually all jobs that yield a living wage demand an education beyond high school—educating America's young people is increasingly critical to the future of our society, economy, and democracy." The foundation's education program "… funds scholarships and high school improvements in the United States in an effort to dramatically increase the high school and college graduation rates of the most disadvantaged students."

William T. Grant Foundation, Inc.

The William T. Grant Foundation is dedicated to the original goal of our founder, William T. Grant: understanding human behavior through research. As a private grantmaking institution, the Foundation currently funds high-quality empirical research, with the ultimate aim of improving the lives of youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. 

The Joyce Foundation

The Joyce Foundation supports efforts "to strengthen public policies in ways that improve the quality of life in the Great Lakes region." The Foundation also works "to ensure that all Midwest children receive an education that prepares them for lives as thoughtful and productive citizens, regardless of race, gender, or economic circumstances." The Joyce Foundation is a core grantor for the Consortium on Chicago School Research.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Kauffman Foundation works to help individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of their founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman. 

The Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation

The Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation primarily supports initiatives in the areas of education, research, and diversity. Urban public school improvement in Chicago is one of the foundation's top priorities.

McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation was established in 1955 under The Last Will and Testament of Col. Robert R. McCormick, long time publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune.  The Foundation grounds its work in the intent and values of the founder, Col. McCormick – a citizen soldier, crusading publisher and philanthropist who cared deeply for Chicagoland.

Raikes Foundation

The Raikes Foundation provides opportunities and support during adolescence to help young people become healthy, contributing adults.

The Spencer Foundation

The Spencer Foundation "is intended, by [Founder Lyle M.] Spencer's direction, to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world." The Foundation is "dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement of education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities." The Spencer Foundation is a core grantor for the Consortium on Chicago School Research. 

U.S. Department of Education

The mission of the U.S. Department of Education is "to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation." The Department promotes "improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information."

Individual Donors

Paula and Jim Crown
John and Fran Edwardson
Howard Jessen
Rosalind C. Keiser and Michael L. Keiser

Previous Grantors

The Annenberg Foundation

The Annenberg Foundation "exists to advance the public well–being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving its goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge."

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation works to "build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. The primary mission of the Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families." 

Carnegie Corporation of New York

From the Corporation's website: "Carnegie Corporation of New York was created by Andrew Carnegie in 1911 to promote 'the advancement and diffusion of knowledge and understanding.'" Through its Education program, the Corporation supports efforts to improve teaching and learning, with a focus on three major areas: advancing literacy, urban school reform, and teacher education reform.

The Chicago Community Trust

"Since 1915, the Chicago Community Trust has helped Chicago-area residents build a better life for the people of Cook County and greater Chicago." The Trust's Education Initiative seeks to improve the quality of preschool, elementary, and secondary education in ways that enhance opportunities and achievement for all children." 

The Chicago Public Education Fund

"As a venture capital fund for public education, The Chicago Public Education Fund invests in well-managed, high-impact programs that improve school leadership and student achievement system wide." The Fund believes that the future of Chicago depends on the quality of it's schools, which is why they argue that "better schools are everybody's business."

Chicago Urban League

"The mission of the Chicago Urban League is to eliminate racial discrimination and segregation and to work for the achievement of equal opportunity and parity for African-Americans, other minorities, and the poor in every phase of American life." The Chicago Urban League "conducts a wide range of direct services, advocacy, and research activities focusing primarily on education, economic development, and community empowerment." 

Grand Victoria Foundation

Grand Victoria Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Illinois whose efforts expand educational opportunities for children, boost the economic vitality of cities and regions, and improve the health of the environment.

Lumina Foundation for Education

Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education  beyond high school.  Through grants for research, innovation, communication and evaluation, as well as policy education and leadership development, Lumina Foundation addresses issues that affect access and educational attainment among all students, especially underserved student groups such as minorities, students from low-income families, first-time college-goers and working adults.  The Foundation believes postsecondary education is one of the most beneficial investments individuals can make in themselves and that a society can make in its people.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is "dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. Grantmaking in education seeks to help improve student learning through better instruction and by disseminating useful information about school and system practices." The MacArthur Foundation is a core grantor for the Consortium on School Research.

The National Science Foundation

"The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 'to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…'" The research funded by NSF is "thoroughly integrated with education to help ensure that there will always be plenty of skilled people available to work in new and emerging scientific, engineering and technological fields, and plenty of capable teachers to educate the next generation."