Please help me raise money for the Big Shoulders Fund.
The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest parts of inner-city Chicago. Big Shoulders Fund is unique in that our administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income which ensures that 100 percent of funds currently raised go toward programs that benefit Big Shoulders Fund schools and the students they serve.
In 2016 the Big Shoulders Fund is lacing up its running shoes again and growing the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team with a group running the 2016 Chicago Tough Mudder on Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2016 Chicago Half Marathon on Sunday, September 25, 2016, the 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 9, 2016, and other marathons and half marathons of their choice.
These teams will be raising funds to support the Big Shoulders Fund 82 schools who are educating more than 21,000 students – 80 percent are minorities, 61 percent live are low-income and 30 percent are not Catholic. The teams' funds, along with the $20 million Big Shoulders invests annually in the schools, will be used for scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much-needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants. This will help continue the schools’ success and allow 95 percent of our students to graduate high school and 86 percent of graduating scholars enroll in college, in a city where just 14 of 100 students who enter public high school will graduate college by 25.