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The mission of the Big Shoulders Fund is to provide support to the Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.
Big Shoulders Fund is unique in that administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income which ensures all funds currently raised go toward programs that benefit the Big Shoulders Fund schools and the students they serve through scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, much-needed school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants.
Many of our students face disruptive family situations, gangs, crime, drugs, poverty, and racism. Of the nearly 24,000 children enrolled in the 93 schools Big Shoulders supports, 80% are minorities, and 61% are living at or below the poverty level and 32% are not Catholic.
By supporting inner city Catholic schools, Big Shoulders strives to provide Chicago with a new generation of competent, well-educated and ethically responsible citizens who will become the future leaders of our city; give children a daily environment that will help teach them to be caring and trusting adults; and foster stability within communiities through concerned local schools.