Chance the Rapper Funds $2.2 Million for Chicago Public Schools
By Susan Johnes
Chance the Rapper last week on Friday announced that the basketball team had donated $1 million to the city’s financially troubled public schools. The project advances a highly publicized fundraising effort launched by the musician in early March.
The Grammy-winning artist said that the donations meant the onset of the campaign unveiled after a meeting with Government. The fund will be used to underwrite a fund for arts and literature education within Chicago Public Schools’ nonprofit fundraising arm.
The money which will be available next year will fund schools that have suffered budget deficits. Most of the funded schools have lacked textbooks and music programs for an extended period which have seen a decrease in graduation rates.
Chance stated that he understands he has a role in bringing light and attention to the public school funding mainly because they are in his hometown. Chance applauded the step, saying that it was a philanthropic and a charitable effort.
The Rapper stated that he wanted to use the fund to implement thousands of arts programs. And besides that, it was about supplies for the necessary equipment. As an artist and a former school teacher, he knew the arts were essential and wanted to ensure that more students had access.
Several of his celebrity friends including Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, and Hannibal Buress, have supported the cause, bringing the total raised donations to $2.2 million.
Chance’s non-profit Social Works will give $10,000 to particular Chicago schools. Ten schools have already received donations, and 12 more were scheduled to receive.
On April 16, 1993, Chance the Rapper was born Chancelor Bennett, from West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. During his senior year, he used a ten-day suspension to record his debut mixtape, “10 Days.”
It was uploaded in 2012 and was well received locally. The mixtape helped the Rapper make connections with producers and also grabbed the attention of Forbes magazine. He began to gain significant recognition following the release of his second mixtape, “Acid Rap.”
It was also nominated for Best Mixtape at the 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards and listed on 50 best albums of 2013 lists. In 2016, he worked with veteran rappers such as Kanye West.
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