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Buying, Selling, & Leasing Gives Low Income Students a Shot at College

KIPP Chicago Schools (KCS)is providing a tuition-free education for African American and Latino students in Chicago, preparing them for higher education and higher-paying jobs. As a member of Investing In Communities®,  KCS can receive funding as a result of brokered real estate transactions – home sales, home purchases, and commercial leases. Already, $1,000 has been raised. Those who use this free platform before engaging with a real estate agent can support these innovative charter schools as they provide kids with the opportunity to further themselves in the world through education.

As a part of the nationally growing Knowledge is Power Program, KIPP Chicago schools have provided a strong public education alternative in the Chicago area since 2003. There are seven KCS, including KIPP Ascend Charter Primary School. The network of schools has partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious universities, such as Georgetown, Brown, Duke, Vanderbuilt, and Ohio State. Since just getting into college is not the end goal, KCS has a KIPP Through College program, designed to help students not only get into their aspirational  school, but to get through it to a good job on the other side.

KIPP Ascend Charter

With a 500+ student body comprised of 94% African American students and 5% Latino students, KIPP Ascend Charter Primary School has a simple, yet powerful mission. They want to teach their students to CLIMB:

  • Create;
  • Love;
  • Inquire;
  • Make it Happen;
  • Be the Change.

Students are driven not just to be competent in the classroom, but to be responsible difference makers in their communities with all the life skills they need to thrive in  college and use their education to make an impact for good. 

KIPP Through College

A large percentage of KCS their students are from low income households, and the statistics on students from that demographic in regard to earning college degrees and in turn higher paying jobs are very troubling. The KIPP Through College Program is a response  to this problem. As KCS provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to make it to college, the KIPP Through College Program partners with alumni to ensure students finish their degree and make something out of it. Services included cover everything from one-on-one advisory meetings, financial aid advice, life skills coaching, and more. 

Your Purchase, Sale, or Lease Helps Provide Quality Public Education

At no cost to themselves, anyone who cares about helping students succeed can turn virtually any brokered real estate transaction into funding for KIPP Chicago Schools. For example, the purchase or sale of a $300,000 home can result in about $1,300 of free funding. When you use IIC’s free platform to make arrangements with an agent, you are supporting KCS’ mission to make sure that all children, regardless of their race or economic status, have a fair opportunity to achieve success and happiness. You can work with an agent you already have in mind or use IIC to find and choose among real estate agents that are appropriate for the specifics of your residential or commercial real estate needs. Ready to start?

Location: Chicago, Illinois

Focus Area: Education

Budget: $1 million - $5 million

Total IIC Funding:

Want to help this charity with your next real estate transaction?

We respect your privacy and want to make sure you are totally at ease. By submitting, you are sharing your information with us only and we will not share it with or sell it to anyone else. We will contact you by email to get more information about your real estate needs. Then we will provide you with several agents suited to your needs and you may contact them -or not- as you choose. There’s no sales pitch or pressure. It's entirely your choice.


As a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization, KIPP Chicago is eligible to receive at least 70% of the referral fee when you use Investing In Communities (IIC) to sign up with ANY real estate broker to handle your residential or commercial property transaction. Referral fees are a common expense paid by brokers only to other brokers for much desired referrals. As a licensed broker with a charitable mission, IIC is able to accept referral fees and pass most of those funds to your charity of choice - at no cost to you.
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