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We provide support to schools with demonstrated need which provide a quality,
values-based education for Chicago’s children.

$40 Million 

Invested annually in scholarships, programs, faculty support, and operational improvements.


20,000 Students

Big Shoulders serves a vast range of ethnic, economic, and religious backgrounds. Nearly 80% identify as Black or Hispanic.


50+ Partnerships & Programs

We support a wide range of programs for the enrichment of our students and work with a number of different organizations to bring the best educational opportunities to our schools.

For more than thirty-five years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children in need achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education. Find the correct Big Shoulders Fund school for you and learn about different scholarship opportunities. 

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