Chance the Rapper Donates $1 Million to Chicago Public Schools
A common question that is asked when discussions around politics and community draw up a number of frustrations and complaints is “What are YOU doing about it?” While many times these statements come from a place of dismissal, Chance the Rapper has met it with action. A week after the Chicago emcee revealed his frustrations regarding a fruitless conversation with Illinois Governor, Bruce Rauner, Chance has taken matters into his own hands. In a press conference at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago on Monday (March 6), Chance the Rapper announced that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.
“While I am disappointed in Gov. Rauner, that will not stop me from doing all I can to support Chicago’s most valuable resource: its children,” he told members of the press. He also stated that his hefty donation was “made possible by my fans through ticket sales for my upcoming [Coloring Book] tour,” in partnership with AEG, Live Nation and Ticketmaster.
Chano has received much praise for his donation and his work to impprove Chicago Public Schools. He was even received recognition from Michelle Obama on Twitter:
Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 6, 2017
On top of the rapper’s $1 million, Social Works, a local non-profit organization Chance created last year, will match every $100,000 raised for the CPS with an additional $10,000 to be allocated for specific Chicago public schools. (The charity has set up a website to receive donations for CPS.) In light of the $1 million donation, Chance will give out 10 additional $10,000 donations to select local schools, including Westcott Elementary.
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