Big Shoulders Fund helps struggling Catholic schools

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Help is on its way for struggling Catholic schools in Chicago.

The Archdiocese of Chicago recently announced financial reductions, and the closure of five Catholic schools.

That’s where the Big Shoulders Fund comes in.

The organization announced that it is working towards an agreement with the Archdiocese of Chicago aimed at preventing additional school closures while significantly increasing Big Shoulders Fund’s support.

The goal is to provide access for hundreds of new students especially in the inner city.

“Big Shoulders remains hopeful that the agreement will be finalized soon to allow us to provide additional details, but in the interim we’d like to reassure families, supporters and schools of our unwavering commitment to providing access to a high-quality education for all children,” said James O’Connor, co-chairman of the Big Shoulders Fund.

Big Shoulders Fund currently provides $12 to $14 million in annual support for 93 inner-city Catholic schools educating nearly 24,000 children in Chicago.

For more information, visit or call 312-751-8337.


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