As if his initial $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools wasn’t already more than enough, Chance the Rapper continues to outdo himself. The Chicago rapper held a second press conference last week to announce some major news. First, the Chicago Bulls organization would be matching his initial donation. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, he announced the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Chance had some important insights to offer as a Chicago native and father.

“As a parent, and a proud CPS graduate, I’m committed to helping Chicago’s children have quality learning experiences and quality in the learning space,” Chance said. “This effort is direct and intentional, and will affect the schools that are the most in need.”

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How the fund will work

Starting next school-year, the fund will help schools around Chicago fund programs and provide supplies in conjunction with a local arts education advocacy group called Ingenuity.

“As an artist and an after-school teacher, I know that the arts are essential. They teach kids invaluable lessons,” Chance said during the press conference.

“This is, you know, a philanthropic effort and a charitable effort,” he added. “The legal stuff, the election process, government…that’s all you guys’ choice individually. I’d like to think by constantly discussing it and you guys reporting on it, and us all becoming involved, the other sides besides philanthropic will get dealt with.”


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