Hip Hop’s Robin Hood, Chance The Rapper, keeps on giving, as he announced this past Friday that his non-profit organization, SocialWorks, has raised $2.2 million for Chicago Public Schools. He held a summit at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, where he embodied his best Steve Jobs impression to deliver the great news. “Quality education for public schools is the most important investment a community can make,” the 24-year-old musician proclaimed.
The money will be going to 20 local public schools and used to help their arts education program. According to Chano, the schools were selected by CPS ratings, budget cuts and how much the school was affected, and most importantly the principal’s drive and vision to improve the arts in their schools. The principals of the selected schools had to commit to putting all of the money to arts programs for the full length of the grant. The $100,000 that each school will receive will be given out over the next three years.
The Grammy winner and Chicago hero has done several great deeds like this throughout his career. He has had many free concerts for his hometown, put on benefit events, and even earlier this year donated $1 million of his own money to Chicago Public Schools. His activism and heavy activity in social media even earned him a meeting with Chicago governor, Bruce Rauner. Busy in the studio as well in his community, we can be sure that this is just the beginning for Chance The Philanthropist and his duty to Chicago.
Check out some of Chance The Rapper’s Summit Conference below.