Chicago Public Schools Kicks off the 2018 UNCF Workplace Campaign

Each year, CPS supports the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, by launching a workplace campaign to raise funds for deserving college-bound students. The funds raised from this campaign will be awarded as scholarships to students at CPS who plan to attend a historically black college or university (HBCU) or any other four year accredited U.S. college or university in the fall of 2018.

Your contributions can change the course of a student’s life and make it possible for them to pursue their educational goals and aspirations.

Through your fundraising efforts, you have funded the college education for nearly 2,000 CPS students. These scholarship awards have totaled well over $10,000,000. Your efforts make CPS the largest public school district and single-workplace contribution effort in the nation for UNCF.

The workplace funding raising campaign is April 17, 2018 - May 31, 2018.

If every employee gives $2 a pay period throughout the campaign - or one $10 donation - we can raise $1 million dollars in scholarships for deserving students.

CPS employees may contribute to the campaign in three ways:


  • Donate on UNCF
  • Don’t forget to note your school/department name on the form.

Payroll Deduction

Elementary School Sports

Directly to Campaign Coordinators

  • Every department and school should have a designated campaign coordinator, Who will reach out to your school/department about the campaign.
  • If your school/department does not have a coordinator, please donate online or via payroll deduction.
  • You can donate by cash or check to the campaign coordinator using this form. All coordinators will also have this form.


Training Opportunities

Online training available any time

Training Webinar

In-person training

Monday, April 23rd

Dyett High School
555 E. 51st St.
Chicago, IL 60615

Two Sessions

● 9:30 -11 a.m. (breakfast included)
● 12 - 1:30 p.m. (lunch included)

Tuesday, April 24th

Michele Clark High School
5101 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60644

Two Sessions

● 9:30 -11 a.m. (breakfast included)
● 12 - 1:30 p.m. (lunch included)

Campaign Coordinator Section

Thank you to all Campaign Coordinators. You are a critical part of this important endeavor. Please find all of your necessary resources here:

You should receive school posters, pins and other marketing materials at your training session. If you do not receive these materials, please email

If you are a campagin coordinator who needs support, please contact

What is UNCF?

Founded in 1944, The United Negro College Fund, or UNCF, is an educational organization that provides scholarships for students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Who should donate?

Chicago Public School retirees, staff, teachers, principals and students should all consider donating. We are also encouraging support from the general public.

How do I donate?

CPS Employees:

  • Each staff member should receive a pledge form from your Campaign Solicitor. Employees are able to donate by payroll deduction, credit card, check or cash using the pledge form.
  • CPS Employees can also make a donation as a payroll deduction through HR4U in the “Voluntary Deductions” section of PeopleSoft:
  • To donate using a credit card:

General Public:

You can make a tax-deductible donation online, by check or money order.

  • Donate Online:
  • To donate by check or cash:
    • Make Check payable to "UNCF"
    • Mail check or cash to:
      CPS/UNCF Scholarship Campaign
      42 West Madison, 2nd Floor
      Chicago, IL 60602

Who benefits from donations?

Each year, the CPS/UNCF scholarship provides academically talented CPS high school seniors with demonstrated financial need a four-year scholarship to one of the 37 participating historically black colleges and universities.


Contact Information

CPS/UNCF Scholarship Team
42 West Madison
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: (773) 553­2804

Page Last Modified on Friday, May 04, 2018