What Does MacKenzie Scott’s Major Gift Mean for CIS of Chicago?

KR: What does an investment like this mean for CIS of Chicago?

JM: It means the world for CIS of Chicago. A gift like this, from one of our country’s leading philanthropists, further validates the work that CIS of Chicago is doing to support 50,000+ students across the city. MacKenzie Scott’s philanthropy consistently reflects her commitment to educational and racial equity, and that’s core to the work that CIS of Chicago does, so we are thrilled.

KR: You mentioned Ms. Scott’s commitment to equity. What do you think it was about our organization and our impact that really resonated with her?

JM: The donor doesn’t share the details of her selection process. That’s really only known to her and her team, but we do know that she carefully vets all of her prospective grantees. We believe, based on some of what was shared with us, that one of the core things was our track record of success that we’ve had working in schools and serving under-resourced communities and under-resourced students, along with our commitment to educational equity, which is core to her work.

KR: The past few years have been really challenging for both students and families. Why do you think this gift is so important now?

JM: Now is a critical time. It has been a challenging 2+ years for our students and families. They’ve really endured waves of stress and anxiety, and the data is clear that the pandemic has exacerbated the needs of the students and families that we serve.

KR: Does CIS of Chicago still need support?

JM: Yes! CIS of Chicago partners with 175 of the more than 600 Chicago Public Schools, and we serve 50,000 of the more than 300,000 students (in CPS). We know that there are thousands and thousands of students who could benefit from the work of CIS of Chicago.

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