The Chicago Bulls To Match Chance The Rapper's $1M CPS Donation

Katie RamirezApr 01, 2017

Recently, Donald Trump's administration proposed a federal budget that, among many other bad things, would defund the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

The news comes weeks after Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, pledged to donate $1 million to Chicago Public Schools after having a disappointing meeting with IL governor Bruce Rauner about the state's education funding.

The Grammy-winning rapper also announced the formation of the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, which will partner with local arts education advocacy group Ingenuity to find CPS schools that are in need to art programs. "As an artist and an after school teacher, I know the arts are essential", Chance said.

"It is my job just as who I am to bring light and attention to public school funding, broken formulas and especially how it affects my hometown where there's 90 per cent minority students", he said at Friday's press event.

The Chicago emcee said he would start by donating $100,000 to 10 CPS schools, including Westcott Elementary. In his last announcement, 10 schools got funds. After the meeting went left, Chance shared the news that he would be donating more than $1 million from his foundation, SocialWorks, to various CPS schools and the CPS foundation.

The Bulls' investment comes after Chance called on corporate donors to match his own contributions at his previous press conference.

CPS has threatened to end the school year on June 1, nearly three weeks early, unless it receives additional state funding.

Fans can make their own donations via Chance's Social Works website.

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