Chance the Rapper announced today that he plans to donate $1 million to Chicago public school,s as well as donating $10,000 to different public schools in the city for every $100,000 he raises for his non-profit organization SocialWorks. “The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and since has called me over the weekend,” he told reporters during his press conference. “Our talks were unsuccessful. Governor Rauner still won’t commit to giving Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums.”
“Today, I’m proud to announce that I’m donating $1 million to CPS to support arts and arithmetics programming,” the rapper said. “This donation was made possible by my fans,” he said, citing ticket sales as the main resource.”
"While I'm frustrated and disappointed by the Governor's inaction, that will not stop me from continuing to do all I can to support Chicago's most valuable resources—it's children," he explained.
“This check that I donated is a call to action. I’m challenging major companies in Chicago across the U.S. to donate and take action,” he said.”
“Illinois ranks dead last in the U.S. in funding public education. With the stroke of a pen, the Governor has the power to change that,” said the Grammy-winning MC. This isn’t about politics, this isn’t about posturing, this is about taking care of the kids. “Governer Rauner, do your job.”
“I thank every person in Chicago for building me into the person I am. I’m a public school kid, so I thank CPS. I know we’re in our troubles right now, but we’re about to get past this. I just ask at every turn, at every level, that every one has a voice and a hand in this. That goes out to the highest level people, the organizers, the parents, the teachers. Thank you for raising me up and supporting me. I’m gonna need a little more help to get this done.”
Former First lady, Michelle Obama took to twitter to thank Chance for his generous donation. “Thank you @ChanceTheRapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much.” She added, “You are an example of the power of arts education.”