Report: Most students are not ready when they enter kindergarten

A new report from the Illinois State Board of Education, the second annual Kindergarten Individual Development Survey, or KIDS report, says the majority of children who entered kindergarten last year…

Art-focused pilot program at Lake County Jail gives inmates ‘unique way to express themselves’

Art Impact Project, a GFF grantee, was featured in a Chicago Tribune Lake County News-Sun article, “Art-focused pilot program at Lake County Jail gives inmates ‘unique way to express themselves.”…

Twice As Nice Mother And Child Distributes Millionth Diaper

GFF grantee Twice as Nice Mother and Child was recently highlighted in a Patch online article, “Twice as Nice Mother and Child Distributes Millionth Diaper,” for distributing its millionth diaper…

College Student Success Gaps Persist. How Can Schools Close Them?

Northern Public Radio’s article, College Student Success Gaps Persist. How Can Schools Close Them?, covered a recent meeting held by GFF grantee, Partnership for College Completion, with leaders from community…

Roberti Pathway nourishes county’s growing culinary industry

A recent Chicago Tribune Lake County News-Sun article, Roberti Pathway nourishes county’s growing culinary industry, featured the GFF-funded Roberti Community House’s culinary program. “For more than a year, the Roberti…

When Impact Investing Stays Local

A New York Times article by Paul Sullivan highlights the giving trends of several family foundations and the philanthropy that influences their communities.

Chief Education Officer Ben Martindale discusses North Chicago Community Partner’s contributions to North Chicago Community Unit School District 187

North Chicago School District Superintendent Ben Martindale discusses the district’s problems and how North Chicago Community Partners has helped make improvements. Martindale was made superintendent by the Illinois State Board…

Beyond Education Wars

A New York Times article by Nicholas Kristof on the importance of early childhood education: K-12 education is an exhausted, bloodsoaked battlefield. Let’s shift some of the reformist passions to…