After meeting the governor of Illinois last week to discuss school funding, Grammy winning artist Chance the Rapper is putting his money exactly where his mouth is. During a press conference at Westcott Elementary School on Chicago’s South Side, Chance announced he was donating $1 million to help support art and enrichment programs at the city’s schools.
“As you guys know, Friday I met with Gov. Bruce Rauner to urge him to do his job and honor his original commitment to provide $250 million to CPS, so our kids can finish the year strong. Gov. Rauner can use his executive power to give Chicago’s children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn,” Chance explained during the press conference. “The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and has since called me over the weekend. Our talks were unsuccessful. Gov. Rauner still won’t commit to giving Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums.”
After asserting “Gov. Rauner broke his promise to Chicago’s children,” by not delivering on the promised funding, Chance admitted he was “frustrated and disappointed with the governor’s inaction,” but said his commitment to his hometown and its public schools is unwavering.
“Today, I’m announcing I’m donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and enrichment programming,” the rapper said. “I’m excited to share that this donation was made possible by my fans.”
Chance continued, “As an artist and after school teacher I know the arts are essential,” he explained. “This check that I donated is a call to action. I’m challenging major companies and corporations in Chicago and all across the U.S. to donate and to take action.”
That wasn’t the end of the amazing announcement. Chance also challenged others to give by saying his nonprofit, SocialWorks, would donate $10,000 to a specific public high or elementary schools for every $100,000 SocialWorks raised. The first school on the list? Westcott Elementary.
Westcott’s principal Monique Dockery, called the gift “surprising and very much appreciated.” She also said Chance gave her “10,000 reasons to answer her phone from an unknown number.”