In the past few months, Chance The Rapper has been truly showing himself as a philanthropist, heavily advocating for funding of the Chicago public school system and donating millions of dollars of his own money to prevent school closures. Following an unsuccessful meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, on March 6th, Chance donated one million dollars to the Chicago school system during a press conference at Westcott Elementary. Now, he is keeping up that charitable spirit and inspiring other public figures to do the same.
Last Friday, on March 31st, Chance held another press conference, this time at Paul Robeson High School. Chance live-streamed the event, during which he presented a donation of $2.2 million dollars, bringing the total of privately donated funds being put toward the Chicago Public School System up to at least $3.2 million dollars.
For this last $2.2 million dollar donation, the Chicago Bulls matched Chance’s donation, also donating one million dollars toward the public school system. Kanye West’s manager Scooter Braun and comedian Hannibal Buress are also cited as figures who helped secure the large donation. Chance also took the time to announce his own charitable organization, New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, which will support schools facing budget cuts or graduation-rate drops.
You can check out the video of Chance’s press conference last Friday before. If you want to follow in the footsteps of the Chicago Bulls or Hannibal Buress, you can take Chance’s lead and donate to his foundation here.
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 31, 2017