EIN 36-3490557

Big Shoulders Fund

IRS 501(c) type
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Big Shoulders Fund's mission is to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago.
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Program areas at Big Shoulders Fund

Student Scholarship Programs: Administered over 82 distinct scholarship programs that include mentoring, enrichment and other support activities. 4,751 scholarships were awarded to 4,536 students at 147 elementary and high schools to enable them to attend non-public schools.
Academic Enrichment and Leadership Development: Big Shoulders administers over 25 ongoing programs in 92 schools involving over 600 teachers and administrators to improve instruction and learning through leadership and professional development, professional learning communities and access to high quality curricula with focus on math, science, civics, and literacy. Provide a variety of other needed capital and programmatic support to ensure a safe, effective learning environment for nearly 26,000 students through ongoing enrichment programs including a science and leadership camp, afterschool programs, summer programs, and other opportunities for students.
School operations: Distributed operating and capital grants to multiple schools in an effort to prevent school closures; also assisted schools in improving marketing/recruiting, building new external funding sources, improving school business operations, etc.

Grants made by Big Shoulders Fund

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
St Francis de Sales High SchoolOp PP DDG$981,382
St Ethelreda ChurchPP Op La DDG Ed$582,851
St Moses the Black ParishPP La Ae Stem$502,964
...and 47 more grants made totalling $9,000,344

Who funds Big Shoulders Fund

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
National Philanthropic TrustEducation$1,368,500
Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift FundFor Grant Recipient's Exempt Purposes$988,525
Patrick G and Shirley W Ryan FoundationGeneral Charitable Operations$800,000
...and 79 more grants received totalling $8,122,187

Personnel at Big Shoulders Fund

Joshua HalePresident and Chief Executive Officer$517,916
Malcolm DouglasChief Financial Officer$203,951
Michaela MetzgerSenior Director, Strategy and Communication$123,449
Amelia "Amy" DrozdaDrozda Senior Director, Philanthropy, Partnerships, and Engagement$160,541
Christine SweeneyDirector, Development Operations and Donor Services
...and 13 more key personnel

Financials for Big Shoulders Fund

RevenuesFYE 06/2020
Total grants, contributions, etc.$31,186,076
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$623,372
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$-67,262
Net income from fundraising events$-12,278
Net income from gaming activities$40,800
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$31,770,708

Form 990s for Big Shoulders Fund

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2020-062021-04-13990View PDF
2019-062020-09-16990View PDF
2018-062019-07-05990View PDF
2017-062018-08-02990View PDF
2016-062017-06-16990View PDF
...and 6 more Form 990s
Data update history
August 3, 2022
Received grants
Identified 18 new grant, including a grant for $711,752 from The Chicago Community Trust
December 18, 2021
Updated personnel
Identified 3 new personnel
October 3, 2021
Received grants
Identified 39 new grant, including a grant for $500,000 from The Bruce and Beth White Family Foundation
August 21, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2019
June 24, 2021
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2020
Nonprofit Types
Grantmaking organizationsCivic / social organizationsSchoolsCharities
Provides grantsFundraising eventsOperates internationallyState / local levelCommunity engagement / volunteeringProvides scholarshipsGala fundraisersFundraising races, competitions, and tournamentsTax deductible donationsEndowed support
General information
212 W Van Buren St 900
Chicago, IL 60607
Metro area
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI
Cook County, IL
Website URL
(312) 751-8337
Facebook page
Twitter profile
IRS details
Fiscal year end
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
B12: Education Fund Raising and Fund Distribution
NAICS code, primary
813410: Civic and Social Organizations
Parent/child status
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