The Federation for Community Schools works to bring together individuals and organizations who support community schools throughout Illinois. Through collaboration, we promote policies that support quality full service community schools, serve as a clearinghouse of community school best practices and facilitate the professional networking of community school practitioners.
Community schools have clearly demonstrated that by breaking down barriers between schools and their community residents, great things can happen for students, parents, and the entire community. Speaking with one voice, the Federation and its members educate policymakers and the general public about the impressive outcomes of community schools throughout Illinois.
Historical note: The Federation for Community Schools comes out of the exceptional work of the Chicago Campaign to Expand Community Schools - a funder collaborative which provided financial resources to community schools for five years - and the Chicago Coalition for Community Schools - a coalition of community school practitioners that organically came together to share best practices for community schools. The Federation was born out of the vision of both the Campaign and the Coalition to continue the community school movement in Illinois.
The Federation is most grateful for the support we receive from foundations, Member Organizations, and individuals for the work we do on behalf of community schools throughout Illinois.
Charles E. Marks, Jr. Charitable Trust
Crown Family Philanthropies
James & Judith K. Dimon Foundation
LISC/Chicago & Atlantic Philanthropies
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Polk Bros. Foundation