Educational Institutions

CHILDREN FIRST FUND: THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

Chicago, IL

Mission

The Children First Fund secures and organizes resources that advance Chicago Public Schools’ mission to provide a high-quality public education that prepares every child, in every neighborhood, for success in college, career, and civic life.

Ruling Year

1997

Executive Director

Ms. Francie S. Richards

Main Address

42 West Madison Street 3rd Floor

Chicago, IL 60602 USA

Keywords

Education, K-12

EIN

36-4094830

 Number

7079789849

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

Secondary/High School (B25)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Children First Fund: The Chicago Public Schools Foundation (CFF) is a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization in support of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Over the past eight years, CPS has demonstrated improvement in virtually every measure of student performance, including a dramatic increase in the graduation rate from 57% in 2011 to 78% in 2018, and leading the nation in academic growth, with students averaging a six-year gain in academic achievement within only a five-year period. While CPS has made tremendous progress, there remains more to do for students who have been historically underserved and underrepresented. At the Children First Fund, our mission is to leverage all of our city’s resources in support of CPS' mission to provide every student with the education they need to be successful in college, career, and civic life.

Our programs

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

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Children First Fund General Support

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of grants received

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Children First Fund is aiming to promote the growth and success of Chicago Public Schools through philanthropy and Partnerships. We serve as a knowledge hub and liaison between CPS and its community of partners, including businesses, foundations, hospitals, higher education and cultural institutions. By matching resources provided by external donors and partners with the students, schools, and staff that need them most, CFF maximizes the impact of CPS’ partnerships, aligning Chicago’s generosity to the advancement of the CPS Vision.

CFF will work with partners to identify mutual areas of interest, engaging primarily in supporting the following initiatives: (1) CPS Vision Priorities: CFF welcomes philanthropic engagement in systems-level change at CPS as outlined in CPS Five-Year Vision 2019-2024. (2) Signature Sponsorship Campaigns: Through seasonal campaigns and annual funds, CFF seeks corporate employee giving and sponsorship for Back to School, Teacher Appreciation Month and Scholarships. (3) Featured Giving Campaigns: CFF will raise funds for specific need-based giving campaigns throughout the year, such as the Multicultural Literature campaign. (4) Direct School Giving: CFF will support in matching partners with schools of greatest need for philanthropic support, capital improvements, resources, and student experiences.

As the philanthropic arm of the district, CFF is directly aligned to district priorities and strategic goals and is able to: (1) Build confidence in CPS through more sophisticated development and partnerships operation (2) Organize the city’s vast financial, human capital and in-kind resources against the CPS’ vision (3) Increase support for CPS by converting CFF into a public-facing and proactive organization, simplifying the engagement process and improving partner benefits

The Children First Fund has established several key performance indicators to measure its success, some that include increasing its total number of donors and increasing the total dollars raised each year.

In April 2018 due to Leadership’s desire to both centralize and improve the experience of CPS external partners as well as to increase CPS internal capacity to steward partnerships and programs, CFF embarked in of re-launch of the organization. This included engaging internal and external stakeholders in a listening tour, collaborating with district leadership in developing the Five-Year Vision, hosting partner-facing events, rebranding the organization and recruiting a full board of directors. Moving forward, CFF will actively pursue funding aligned to the CPS Vision and that advances equity within the district,. CFF will help external partners navigate CPS and determine the best ways to engage, and to share the good news stories about CPS partnerships and the impact they have on students. Please follow @chifirstfund on all forms of social media and/or visit our new website (www.childrenfirstfund.org) to learn more about what we’re working on and how you can support!

How We Listen

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), community meetings/town halls, suggestion box/email.
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, to inform the development of new programs/projects, to strengthen relationships with the people we serve.
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
We share feedback with: the people we serve, our staff, our board, our funders, our community partners.
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to: we don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback.

External Reviews

Financials

CHILDREN FIRST FUND: THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Not Applicable

Organizational Demographics

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? This organization has voluntarily shared information to answer this important question and to support sector-wide learning. GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/18/2019

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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