Basic Organization Information
BIG SHOULDERS FUND
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- NTEE Category:
T Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking
T50 Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General)
B Educational Institutions
B20 Elementary, Secondary Ed
O Youth Development
O12 Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
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The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. 100% of the funds raised by the Big Shoulders Fund are used to support children through scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants. The Big Shoulders Fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
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- Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Big Shoulders provides approximately 5,000 scholarships per year.
Program Long-Term Success:
Students in Big Shoulders Fund schools graduate at 96% and 87% go on to college. In renewable scholarship programs, students four-year graduation rate from Catholic schools is 80%.
Program Short-Term Success:
Students are tracked for behavior, academic progress and retention in inner-city Catholic schools.
Program Success Monitored by:
Director of School Relations, Retention Rates, Graduation Rates, Academic Success, College attendance and Degree Attainment.
Program Success Examples:
Students continue to progress at high rates to quality high schools and into college.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Serving both Catholics and non-Catholics, Big Shoulders Fund supported schools are seen as anchors in their communities and in the lives of the families they serve. It is our hope to provide the inner-city Catholic schools with the resources to prepare Chicago's young people for a productive future. The Big Shoulders Fund seeks to offer inner-city children and their parents the choice of a faith-based, value-centered education.