Grantee Profile

Advance Illinois

Grants to Advance Illinois

  • $100,000Active Strategy

    2013 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — Advance Illinois is an independent research and advocacy organization focused on improving public education in Illinois so that all students are ready for work, college, and democratic citizenship. Launched in 2008 with strong bipartisan and statewide support from business, political, and civic leaders, Advance Illinois has become a respected voice for public education policy and reform in the state. This grant provides operating support to enable Advance Illinois to continue its research and policy work, to improve public education across the state.

  • $200,000Active Strategy

    2011 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support education policy research in Illinois (over two years).

  • $300,000Active Strategy

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Policy Research

    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS — To support identification of policy issues and to inform public discussion of educational reform in Illinois (over three years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded Advance Illinois $600,000 between 2003 and 2014.

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