Gates Foundation gives $4.5 million to Chicago nonprofit

It's the biggest donation ever for OneGoal, which helps low-income students prepare for college.

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79彩票注册网址OneGoal, the Chicago-based nonprofit helping prepare low-income high school students for postsecondary education, has received $4.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a new three-year program.

79彩票注册网址The donation is the largest ever received by the 12-year-old nonprofit and landed in late October, said L’Oreal Payton, a spokeswoman for the organization, after announcing the gift in a .

79彩票注册网址The money will be used to extend OneGoal’s work from partnering with individual schools to collaborating with entire school districts, with that additional programming expected to start fall 2020, the organization said in the statement.

“Our vision is to deliver the OneGoal program to every student in our partner districts so that they graduate from high school prepared for their chosen postsecondary pathway, whether that’s a four-year university, two-year college, trade school or certificate program,” OneGoal CEO Melissa Connelly said in the statement. 

The organization, founded in Chicago in 2007, currently works at schools in Chicago, Houston and New York, as well as in the Atlanta and the San Francisco Bay areas and in Massachusetts. The three-year programs generally begin providing social-emotional, test-preparation and college/career planning services to students in their junior or senior years in high school and then continue through the first year of postsecondary education.

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