Chicago Native, parent and Grammy award-winning Chance the Rapper recently donated 10, 000 to 10 Chicago Public Schools (CPS). His act of charity is in direct response to Illinois Governor Rauner’s $200 million-plus funding cut to Chicago Public Schools. Chance says his donation “is a call to action. I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and all across the U.S. to donate and to take action. CPS students have spoken and would like corporations to invest in them as we have invested in their businesses.”
Governor Rauner’s veto of the school budget will result in layoffs and may even shorten the school year. In addition, almost 400, 000 children’s safety will be jeopardized due to lack of adequate supervision during school activities.
Chance’s million dollar donation was made possible by fans who ticket purchases his upcoming tour and, contributions from concert promoters Live Nation, AEG and Ticketmaster. The million is a first installment as Chance hopes his local non-profit organization Social Works will be matching incoming donations from corporations. Social Works set up a website to receive donations and will match donations of $100, 000 for every company and corporation donation to Chicago Public Schools.