Chance the Rapper Raises $2.2 Million for Chicago Public Schools

Chance the Rapper donates $1M to CPS

Chance the Rapper donates $1M to CPS

The Chicago-born recording artist said $2.2 million raised through the "New Chance Arts & Literature Fund" will be split among 20 CPS schools to help boost arts programming and facilities.

Chance the Rapper announces a $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools on March 6 at Westcott Elementary School in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. The rapper is getting behind the grill to serve customers wings in a mission to raise money for his SocialWorks organization and support Chicago Public Schools.

Each of the 20 schools will receive $100,000 over a period of three years along with staffing assistance through the Chicago Board of Education.

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"Each conversation, every contribution, every tweet brings this city and the nation a step closer to providing a well-rounded, quality education for each and every child", Chance said. The schools were selected on need-based factors as well as the principals who were most committed to developing programs that will make an impact on the future of all of their students.

Dressed in a black turtle neck and faded jeans, Chance joked with the audience, many members of which were students at schools that will benefit from his donations, about wanting to mimic Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' signature look for the announcement. "We can't get people in the General Assembly to get their act together to get these schools a budget, and he says, 'I'm not going to wait for that".

And it's because of that, he said, that he wants to use his position and his nonprofit to offer Chicago teens a path to education and engagement.