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Chance donates $2.2M to CPS after people threaten to shoot him

Chance the Rapper announces his $2.2M donation to Chicago Public Schools (Photo credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

Chance the Rapper continues to do great and necessary deeds for his hometown. Most recently at The Harold Washington Cultural Center, Chance pledged to donate another $2.2M dollars to the Chicago Public Schools to fund the arts through “The New Chance Fund.” His organization, Social Works, empowers youth through the arts education and civic engagement.

The “New Chance Fund” was designed to bring arts and materials to schools that are in the greatest need. For every $100K donated by corporations and individuals, Social Works will donate $10K. Twenty public schools have been chosen to receive a portion of the proceeds.

At the beginning of the Steve Job-esque presentation, Chance mentioned that since he has been off tour, he has found a few things distressing. He has been told on two different occasions that he would be shot. The other matter on his mind was the thought that his daughter would soon be starting school in a city full of such unease. “Twice just in the last month [since] I’ve been back I’ve had someone tell me that they were going to shoot me. Both were small altercations and I could tell immediately upon [the] point of contact that these young people had a chip on their shoulder and that they felt undervalued or cheated,” Chance said

This continues Chance’s streak of good deeds from helping a Detroit nonprofit provide sleeping bags to their homeless to creating OpenMike, a safe space in the city of Chicago for high school students to share their expressions.

The Grammy Award winner exhibits a commitment to his city and his fans that that can only make the world better. Watching an artist use their platform for so many noble causes demonstrates what can be accomplished with a concerted effort.

Chance launched Social Works at the Bud Billiken parade in Chicago a few weeks ago. They gave away 30K backpacks and free tickets to a concert Chance put on later that evening. The support for Chance is infectious and it almost looks like a career in politics would be in the cards for him. Considering his father is one of the most influential people on Chicago’s political landscape, it wouldn’t be a stretch if it were to happen.

This latest donation comes at a time when the CPS is struggling with budgeting issues and the state of Illinois just passed a budget after three years of not having one. Organizations like Chance’s Social Works are needed now more than ever.

What do you think about this? Share your thoughts and take a look at a few pics from the announcement.


  1. refichter on September 2, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Your headline is ridiculous. It makes it sound like Chance donated the money because he was threatened. Please rethink your lead.

    • Patrick Givens on September 3, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      That’s apart of the strategy to get people to click on the article

  2. Michael Daniel on September 2, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    2 million to the Chicago public school is spent in the 5 minutes before the 1st bell on the 1st day of school. It’s nothing

  3. John Dawson on September 2, 2017 at 11:47 pm

    Chancellor is from the Southside he needs to work from a distant local or he needs Chicago Police protection.
    There are thugs who want him in city morgue just because he is Chance the Rapper.
    It’s extremely admirable what he’s doing but certain areas of Chicago are just too dangerous for young black men.

  4. virgov1981 on September 3, 2017 at 8:48 am

    This is a fantastic effort!!!! Money in CPS is extremely mismanaged and a 2 million dollar budget is wasted in a snap. This is an example of if money is put towards the right programs they can make a significant difference in these young lives!

  5. Edisha Brown on September 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    Commendable and inspirational Chance the Rapper’s continuous dedication to upbuild the community through art is amazing.