Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Big Shoulders Fund

  • Chicago, IL
  • http://www.bigshouldersfund.org/

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships

service areas

Illinois

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Areas Served Narrative

Chicago, Illinois

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ruling year

1987

Principal Officer since 2005

Mr. Joshua D. Hale

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Keywords

Education, Children, Schools, Catholic, Inner-city, Chicago, scholarships

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EIN

36-3490557

Physical Address

212 W. Van Buren Suite 900

Chicago, IL 60607

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Scholarships

Big Shoulders provides approximately 5,000 scholarships per year.

Category

Education

Budget

$4,694,879.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

service areas

Illinois

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Areas Served Narrative

Chicago, Illinois

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Funding Needs

Scholarships Patrons Program Academic Programs STEM Support Educational Enrichment Afterschool Programs  Operating Capital Unrestricted

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Financials

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Big Shoulders Fund
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Big Shoulders Fund

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Joshua D. Hale

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. James J. O'Connor

Exelon Corporation

Term: 1986 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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