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Funding Opportunities

Due to sustainable and efficient operations, the Academy for Global Citizenship spends approximately 10% less per student than district-operated Chicago Public Schools. However, as a result of limited funding provided to Chicago Public Charter Schools, AGC necessitates external support to close the funding gap.  As a Chicago Public Charter School, AGC seeks mission-aligned corporate, foundation and philanthropic partnerships to re-imagining education in the 21st through our scalable model.


  • Programmatic Funding Opportunities

    From the Academy for Global Citizenship's faculty wellness fund to nutritionally balanced meals, there are many ways to support our healthy, sustainable and internationally-minded educational model.  To explore potential sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sarah Elizabeth.

  • Campus Funding Opportunities

    Our Net-Positive Campus will be the first school building in the state to create more energy than it uses and supply energy back into the grid. To explore potential sponsorship and name recognition opportunities, please contact Sarah Elizabeth.


    • Environmental Sustainability & Nutrition

      • Organic Food Program $125,000

        The Academy for Global Citizenship serves 100% organic breakfast and lunch, significantly benefitting the health of our students, the environment, and our local and global communities. By purchasing fresh foods grown close to home, we support our local farmers, encourage community growth, and lower our environmental impact. AGC’s innovative food program provides nutrient-rich meals that support students’ academic work in the classroom and encourage students to make positive food choices.

        A Year of Organic Lunch – School Wide – $75,000
        A Year of Organic Breakfast – School Wide – $50,000
        A Year of Organic Lunch – One Classroom- $7,500
        A Year of Organic Breakfast – One Classroom – $5,000
        A Year of Organic Lunch – One Student- $300
        A Year of Organic Breakfast – One Student- $200

      • Environmental Sustainability Education $50,000

        An AGC education extends beyond a solid academic foundation. Organic, nutritionally balanced meals, daily yoga, gardening, wellness instruction and ecologically sustainable practices throughout the school encourage learners to develop healthy and sustainable lifestyles for themselves. Within each of our students, we strive to instill a positive responsibility- based relationship with wellness and the environment through the implementation of practices such as composting, recycling and a walking school bus initiative.

        In an effort to prepare the Academy for Global Citizenship’s students to make positive decisions that benefit themselves, the planet, and future generations, Environmental Sustainability Education is embedded within our curriculum, guides our daily practices and is glowingly evident throughout our school culture.

        A Year of Environmental Sustainability Education – One Classroom – $5,000
        A Year of Environmental Sustainability Education – One Student – $200

      • Yoga, Wellness & Nutrition Education $50,000

        It is the mission of the Academy for Global Citizenship to create an environment for supporting healthy, sustainable lifestyles. From integrating daily yoga and physical education opportunities, to teaching our students about the importance of environmental sustainability in our schoolyard garden, AGC strives to foster a community where physical and environmental health positively influences our students’ emotional, intellectual and social development.

        A Year of Yoga, Wellness & Nutrition Education – One Classroom – $5,500
        Yoga in the Classroom Teacher Training – School Wide – $2,500
        Nutrition Education Curricular Resources & Supplies – School Wide – $2,500
        A Year of Yoga, Wellness & Nutrition Education – One Student – $220

      • Schoolyard “Farmer” & Garden Resources $35,000

        The Academy for Global Citizenship’s schoolyard garden is a powerful vehicle for teaching our students about the connection between their everyday food choices and the health of the community, the environment, and themselves. Students discover fresh organic food, become better stewards of the earth, and develop the self-confidence, discipline, and skills as they learn to collaborate with others both locally and globally.

        A Year of Schoolyard “Farmer” & Garden Resources – One Classroom – $3,500
        A Year of Schoolyard “Farmer” & Garden Resources – One Student – $140

      • AGC Faculty Wellness Fund $20,000

        AGC believes that healthy teachers create a healthy learning environment for our students. As a mechanism for promoting wellness amongst our staff, all AGC employees have access to a fund to support their individual health and fitness.

        A Year of Wellness for One Grade Level Team – $1,200
        A Year of Wellness for One Grade – $600

    • Literacy Development

      • Literacy Aide $20,000

        A small percentage of students who enter the Academy for Global Citizenship are reading on grade level. For example, in our first school year (2008-2009), just 4 of our 44 first grade students were meeting first grade literacy benchmarks at the beginning of the year. The rest of the students were nearly a grade level behind. This means we must implement many intensive remediation strategies to dramatically raise achievement and ensure that students do not fall further behind. One-on-one time with students spent specifically on remediation and acceleration is critical in ensuring maximized progress.

        Per Student – $800

      • Read-Aloud Book Library $10,000

        It is critical that good reading is modeled for our students. Often students are not exposed to books at home, making this an even more important lesson in school. To make this time successful, the teacher must have a wide variety of books from which to choose. Having text that is too easy or too difficult leads to students being frustrated and disengaged. Instead, that “just right” book means students become more interested in reading, their confidence is boosted, and they are challenged to practice new reading strategies.

        Per Grade Level – $2,000
        Per Classroom – $1,000

    • International Studies & Expeditionary Learning

      • International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Coordinator $70,000

        AGC utilizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP, is a transdisciplinary framework of international education designed to foster the development of the whole child). The IB Program is a highly rigorous academic framework, recognized by the world’s leading universities. Students learn the skills to live, work and collaborate with others internationally, which is essential for life in the 21st century. (World language study begins in Kindergarten.) There is an emphasis on asking challenging questions, critically reflecting, developing research skills and learning how to learn. Within this worldwide community of educators sharing best practices among 140 countries, AGC’s IB Coordinator plays an essential role.

        Per Grade Level – $14,000
        Per Classroom – $7,000
        Per Student – $280

      • World Language Learning $60,000

        Our first students will graduate from college in 2024. Even more so than now, they will need to be citizens of the world. They will be expected to buy and sell to the world, work for international companies, manage employees or clients from other cultures, and compete with people from the other side of the world for jobs. We must equip them with the skills to do so and second language fluency is critical to this. Therefore, at the Academy for Global Citizenship we have the goal to develop second language fluency in our students by 8th grade.

        A Year of World Language Learning – One Grade Level – $12,000
        A Year of World Language Learning – One Classroom – $6,000
        A Year of World Language Learning – One Student – $240

      • Field Trips / Biodiesel Bus $20,000

        At AGC, we believe that there are tremendous opportunities for learning outside the four walls of the classroom. Therefore, field trips are an integral part of our student’s learning experience. In order to foster meaningful civic engagement and real world application of learning, AGC has allocated funds for each class to take at least four off-site trips per year. (Even greater access to the city’s resources would be available if AGC owned a school bus.) These field studies will be integral to the class’s current Unit of Inquiry.

        A Year of Field Trips – One Grade Level – $4,000
        A Year of Field Trips – One Classroom – $2,000
        A Year of Field Trips – One Student – $80

      • International Baccalaureate Teacher Exchange $8,000

        Global Collaboration and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme are two integral components of the Academy for Global Citizenship’s founding mission. Consequently, AGC would like to support our teachers in continuing their professional development in addition to building bridges by visiting high performing International Baccalaureate schools in the US and abroad.

        An Exchange for One Teacher – $2,000

      • International Baccalaureate Implementation Fees $7,000

        The Academy for Global Citizenship is entering its final year of the International Baccalaureate Authorization process. The $7,000 fee covers consultant visits as part of authorization in addition to gaining access to the Online Curriculum Center where a worldwide community of educators from over 3,100 schools in 140 countries share best practices for 21st century learning.

        Per Grade Level – $1,400

    To avoid a small portion of your donation going to PayPal fees, please mail checks to:

    Academy for Global Citizenship
    Attention: Sarah Elizabeth Ippel
    4647 West 47th Street
    Chicago, IL 60632

    For questions regarding programatic funding opportunities, please contact Sarah Elizabeth at sarahelizabeth@agcchicago.org or 773.582.1100, extension 12.

  • To avoid a small portion of your donation going to PayPal fees, please mail checks to:

    Academy for Global Citizenship
    Attention: Sarah Elizabeth Ippel
    4647 West 47th Street
    Chicago, IL 60632

    For questions regarding programatic funding opportunities, please contact Sarah Elizabeth at sarahelizabeth@agcchicago.org or 773.582.1100, extension 12.