Below are recent and historical articles on the Big Shoulders Fund and the students served.

Gerald and Jennifer Beeson: The Beeson Scholarship
Thursday, May 07, 2015
Featured in our 2013-2014 Annual Report the Beeson Scholarship funded by Gerald and Jennifer Beeson is more than just financial aid, it's a relationship that can change a life.
In Memoriam: Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Big Shoulders Fund remembers the late Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Intentional Teaching Comes to Life with Big Shoulders Fund
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Erikson Instiute shares an article from its newsletter about the Big Shoulders Fund and the Erikson Early Math Collaborative.
Preparing Students for the Global Market Through Science
Monday, January 05, 2015
Melissa Talaber, winner of the 2014 Golden Apple award and science teacher at St. Nicholas Cathedral School, shares how science education is transforming in Big Shoulders Fund schools.
St. Florian School to Stay Open Thanks to Big Shoulders Fund Donation
Friday, December 19, 2014
St. Florian Santa comes down from roof, school to stay open thanks to Big Shoulders Fund donation.
Leadership Development Program Graduate Knows What It Takes
Friday, October 31, 2014
Principal of St. Genevieve and Leadership Development Program graduate McKenna Corrigan shares what it takes to be a dynamic leader of an inner-city Catholic School.
EY Partners with Big Shoulders Fund Math Initiative to Reach More Kids
Monday, October 06, 2014
Ernst & Young LLP to provide three more Apple Learning Labs to enhance math education at inner- city Catholic schools.
Big Shoulders Fund Teachers Engage Students with Technology
Monday, September 22, 2014
Meet Ms. Kilian, first grade teacher at Maternity BVM School in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, and learn how she utlizes technology in the classroom with early leaners.
Social Life Chicago Features Big Shoulders Fund
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Social Life Chicago features Big Shoulders Fund with an interview with Ball Co-Chairs Analisa Auriemma and John Huber.
Big Shoulders Fund School Leaders Transform Schools
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Meet Big Shoulders Fund Leadership Development Program Graduate, Principal Kevin Powers from St. Margaret of Scotland School in Chicago's Southside.
Join us for the 14th Annual Golf Classic!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
It's almost time to hit the links at Olympia Fields for the Big Shoulders Fund's 14th Annual Golf Classic on Monday, August 11, 2014.
St. Helen School Celebrates 100 years and honors Coach K
Friday, June 20, 2014
St. Helen School to celebrate 100 years and honors Duke University’s Coach K.
Support the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team!
Friday, June 13, 2014
Our Racing Team is running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Chicago Half-Marathon. Learn how your donation will have double the impact!
Big Shoulders Fund welcomes Byron O. Spruell to Board of Directors
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Welcome Byron O. Spruell, Chicago Managing Principal at Deloitte, to Big Shoulders Funds' Board of Directors.
Big money for Big Shoulders — gala's $10.5 million a possible record
Friday, May 23, 2014
Big Shoulders Fund featured in Crain's Chicago Business for raising more money from gala than any other single fundraising event in Chicago in recent memory.
Big Shoulders Fundraiser Poised to Raise Over $8.5 Million
Thursday, May 22, 2014
One thousand guests to attend the most successful charity fundraising event in Chicago's history.
CEOs Push Big Shoulders Fundraiser over $7.5 Million
Friday, May 16, 2014
Big Shoulders Fund in Crain's Chicago Business.
Join Our Racing Team for Guaranteed Entry!
Monday, March 17, 2014
Big Shoulders Fund Racing team has 34 available spots for guaranteed entry to the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Sign up today!
The 7th Annual Bowl for Big Shoulders was a success!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
A big thank you to everyone who attended the 7th Annual Bowl for Big Shoulders! The night raised more than $20,000 toward Auxiliary Board scholarships!
Limited Tickets Available for the Seventh Annual Bowl for Big Shoulders
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Bowling Tickets are SOLD OUT, but we have a limited amount of party tickets available for the event. Purchase your tickets now!
Join the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Registration is now open for the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team! We're running the Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the Chicago Half Marathon.
Purchase your tickets for the 7th Annual Bowl For Big Shoulders!
Friday, February 07, 2014
The 7th Annual Bowl for Big Shoulders will take place Fat Tuesday, March 4th. Buy your tickets today!
RSVP for Networking Breakfast wtih Mary Dempsey
Wednesday, January 08, 2014
Join Big Shoulders Fund supporters and listen to the professional and philanthropic expertise of guest speaker Mary Dempsey, the former Chicago Library Commissioner.
Don't Forget About Year-End Giving!
Friday, December 27, 2013
The New Year is almost here and if you haven't made a donation to the Big Shoulders Fund yet please do so before or on December 31st to qualify for tax incentives.
Ernst & Young LLP and Big Shoulders Fund Launch Partnership
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Chicago office of Ernst & Young LLP is committing $75,000 over the next three years to fund programming to integrate digital tools and technology into classrooms.
Big Shoulders Fund Students Spread Holiday Cheer During Rush Hour
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Big Shoulders Fund school choirs managed to warm the hearts of many commuters as they sang Christmas carols on Wednesday, December 11, 2013.
The season of giving is upon us!
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Help us ensure Big Shoulder Fund schools can continue to provide students a quality, values-based, well rounded education by taking action this season of giving.
Witness the power of Lend a Shoulder Day
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Witness the power of Lend a Shoulder Day as we share video of this very special day featuring Co-Chairmen James J. O'Connor, John A. Canning, Jr. and Monsingor Velo.
Lend a Shoulder Day Was Fantastic
Friday, November 15, 2013
Over 225 of Chicago's professional elite took the time to join us yesterday at thirteen Big Shoulders Fund schools.
Lend a Shoulder Day is around the corner! Thursday, November 14, 2013
Friday, October 25, 2013
Come back to school for a morning this fall and see how the Big Shoulders Fund opens the doors and provides academic success for Chicago's inner-city students.
Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team Runs This Sunday!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Support the Big Shoulders Fund Racing Team this Sunday, October 13, 2013 at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Big Shoulders Fund Ball was a great success!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Big Shoulders Fund Auxiliary Board celebrated the beginning of the new school year with 500 attendees at the Big Shoulders Fund 7th Annual Ball.
7th Annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Purchase your ticket for the 7th Annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball on Friday, September 27, 2013!
Auxiliary Board Volunteer Fair Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
Join us and learn about the numerous ways Auxiliary Board members can be involved with students and schools at the Auxiliary Board Volunteer Fair.
Access Scholarship Summer Update
Friday, August 02, 2013
Big Shoulders Fund continues to meet the needs of as many as we can with the help of the Access Scholarship.
Big Shoulders Fund Tops Chicago's Young Professional Boards
Monday, July 22, 2013
Crain's Chicago Business lists the top young-professional groups in Chicago and see how they stack up.
Big Shoulders Fund to provide $6.5 Million in new scholarships
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
City's largest scholarship provider increases access to inner-city Catholic schools with 1,100 new Access scholarships
Private Preschools See More Public Funds as Classes Grow
Friday, June 14, 2013
June 13, 2013- New York Times article on the increase of public funding going to Chicago inner-city private schools such as the Academy of St. Benedict- Laflin.
Meet the Big Shoulders Fund 2013 Fellows!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
We are pleased to introduce our Fellows who are participating in a marketing outreach internship with our schools.
Join Us for Dinner and Support Our Students
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Join us for a delicious dinner to support the Big Shoulders Fund Science Enrichment Staddle Camp at Brush Creek Ranch.
John A. Canning, Jr. on 30 plus years in Chicago's buisness scene
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Grid Chicago features John A. Canning in an interview about his 30 plus years in Chicago's buisness scene.
Want to support the Big Shoulders Fund? Well, there's an app for that.
Monday, April 01, 2013
Download the free Big Shoulders Fund App available in the iTunes App Store and connect with Big Shoulders from your iPhone or iPad anywhere, anytime.
How Chicago's Execs Are Transforming Schools- And Students, Too
Monday, March 18, 2013
Chicago Crain's Business article features Big Shoulders Fund mentors making a true difference in children's lives.
Gallagher Scholars March in St. Patrick's Day Parade This Saturday!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Big Shoulders Fund Gallagher Scholars, Friends and Family are invited to walk in the St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Big Shoulders Fund Works to Keep Schools Open, Increase Access
Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Big Shoulders has been working towards an agreement with the Archdiocese of Chicago aimed at preventing additional school closures by providing access for hundreds of new students.
Summer Enrichment Opportunities at Illinois Institute of Technology
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Summer Enrichment Opportunities for Big Shoulders Fund Scholars at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Apply now!
2013 Bowl for Big Shoulders Tickets On Sale Now!
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Tickets for the 6th Annual Bowl for Big Shoulders Fund are on sale now! Reserve your spot today!
Big Shoulders Fund Partners with
Monday, February 04, 2013
Big Shoulders Fund Partners with to raise funds.
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week with Big Shoulders Fund!
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Five Big Shoulders Fund schools will celebrate Catholic Schools Week with special visits to St. Michael School in Orland Park, IL.
Join Big Shoulders Fund Chicago Marathon Social, Wednesday, January 23
Monday, January 14, 2013
Join the Big Shoulders Fund for the Chicago Marathon Social on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.
Chicago Catholic High School Entrance Exam, Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
8th Graders across the city are invited to take the Chicago Catholic High School Exam on Saturday, January 12, at the Catholic high school they would most like to attend.
Big Shoulders Fund Fits the Gold Standard for Chicago Charities
Friday, December 21, 2012
Big Shoulders Fund was recently featured in Chicago Magazine's "Guide to Charitable Giving in Chicago," on a list of 15 charaties that meet the gold standard in giving.
Big Shoulders Fund's Four P's of Marketing
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Joshua Hale and Big Shoulders Fund Principals discuss the importance of Product, Promotion, Place and Price when it comes to building enrollment in Chicago's Catholic inner-city schools.
Big Shoulders Fund Students Spread Holiday Cheer During Rush Hour
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Student choirs from 10 different Big Shoulders Fund schools celebrated the success of accessible quality, values-based education in Chicago through song to commuters during rush hours.
Big Shoulders Partners with Del Frisco's on Opening Night
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Big Shoulders Partners with Del Frisco's on opening night.
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Visits Big Shoulders Fund School
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Mayor Rahm Emmanuel joined the Big Shoulders Fund for a morning visit to St. Malachy School on Chicago's West Side.
David B. Speer, CEO of ITW and Big Shoulders Fund Supporter, dies at 61
Monday, December 03, 2012
David Speer, CEO of Illinois Tools Works and avid Big Shoulders Fund supporter, dies at 61.
The PrivateBank Partners with the Big Shoulders Fund
Friday, November 30, 2012
The PrivateBank Partners with the Big Shoulders Fund to deliver financial literacy to Chicago students.
Participate in #GivingTuesday with Big Shoulders Fund
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Many people participate during Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so why not #GivingTuesday? Give back with Big Shoulders Fund.
David B. Speer, CEO of ITW and Big Shoulders Fund Supporter, Dies at 61
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
David B. Speer, CEO of Illinois Tools Works and avid Big Shoulders Fund supporter, dies at 61.
Joshua Hale, President and CEO, Big Shoulders Fund
Friday, October 26, 2012

Big Shoulders Fund Names Joshua Hale President and Chief Executive Off
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Big Shoulders Fund Names Joshua Hale President and Chief Executive Officer. Hale takes expanded leadership position of the $230 million fund.
Lend A Shoulder Day Is This Week!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Join us for the 13th Annual Lend a Shoulder Day and see the difference your investment is making in the lives of our students on Thursday, November 8, 2012.
Sun-Times Chairman Recognizes Savior of Chicago's Catholic Schools
Friday, October 19, 2012
Michael Ferro, chairman of the Sun- Times, recognizes Jim O'Connor's commitment to giving inner-city children a great education.
Sixth Annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball Raises over $75,000
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
The Big Shoulders Fund and its Auxiliary Board hosted the Sixth Annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball and brought together more than 700 of Chicago’s leading professionals, raising over $75,000.
6th Annual Big Shoulders Fund
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Information on the 2012 Big Shoulders Fund Ball
Big Shoulders Fund Announces $1.5 Million Scholarship
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Big Shoulders Fund today announced the creation of the Big Shoulders Fund Access Scholarship, providing $1.5 million in additional scholarships for current Chicago Public School students.
Chicago Catholic Schools- Stake a Claim to Neighborhoods
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
One other thing Chicago can do about the terrible violence it is facing: support the inner-city, Catholic schools- the 93 Big Shoulders Fund schools. Stake a claim to them.
Small Schools Create Big Families
Friday, August 17, 2012
Principal Nancy Cullinan Nasko of St. Pius V School shares her views on how it feels to be part of the Big Shoulders Fund family.
12th Annual Golf Classic Next Week!
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
The BSF Golf Classic will be held Monday, August 13 at Olympia Fields Country Club. For more details, raffle tickets, or to make a donation
Vote for Big Shoulders Fund Chance for $25,000
Monday, July 23, 2012
Blackman Kallick Plante Moran, an audit, tax and consulting firm, is launching an online contest for $25,000 on July, 23 to help Chicago not-for-profit organizations raise awareness and funds.
Invest in Quality Catholic School Education in Inner-city Chicago
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Fr. Eyerman of St. Malachy Parish shares his thoughts on how the Big Shoulders Fund answers the call for families in need by providing financial assistance toward quality Catholic school education.
Big Shoulders Fund 25th Anniversary Celebration Raises $6.25 Million
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
More than 950 Guests Support Inner-City Catholic Schools in Chicago at One of the Most Successful Fundraising Events in the City's History and Photos from the Event.
Catholic Schools at a Crossroads
Monday, June 04, 2012
As St. Scholastica shuts, archdiocese pins hopes on new successes such as Cristo Rey.
When Giving Crosses Faith Lines
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
John Canning Jr. isn't Catholic. He isn't even religious. “The cardinal refers to me as ‘heathen,' “ jokes Mr. Canning, 67, chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, a Chicago-based private-equity.
Big Shoulders Fund Congratulates Zackary Ruelas on Golden Apple Win
Friday, May 11, 2012
St. Malachy Teacher takes home distinguished award for excellence in teaching.
Fund gives thousands of Chicago kids a lift
Monday, April 30, 2012
On May 24, the Big Shoulders Fund will throw an energetic, technology-infused fete to recognize its 25th anniversary and honor its 10 founders.
WGN News Highlights the BSF Stock Market Program
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Big Shoulders Fund Stock Market Program was showcased on the WGN News on April 25th when St. Pius, St. Ann and Children of Peace 8th grade students visited the CME and Federal Reserve.
Big Shoulders Fund Teachers Use Technology to Reach Students
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Zachary Ruelas, a third grade teacher of St. Malachy shares his views on how faculty and techonological support provided by the Big Shoulders Fund translates into positive outcomes in the classroom.
Big Shoulders is Looking for a Few Good Fellows
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The Big Shoulders Fund seeks college students and recent graduates for a marketing/communications fellowship opportunity this summer.
Big Shoulders Fund Accelerating Chicago Catholic School Growth
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Principal Sandria Morten of St. Matthias shares how the Big Shoulders Fund accerlerated her school's growth through enrollment, professional development and the Patrons Program.
The Big Shoulders Fund Office Has Moved!
Thursday, March 01, 2012
The Big Shoulders Fund office has moved to 212 W. Van Buren, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60607.
The Big Shoulders Fund Office is Moving!
Friday, February 24, 2012
The Big Shoulders Fund offices are moving. As of Monday, February 27, 2012 the office will be located at 212 W. Van Buren, Suite 900 Chicago, IL 60607.
Big Shoulders Fund President Monsignor Ken Velo
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Monsignor Velo shares History of Big Shoulders. Visit his video and 15 other success stories of 25 years of Big Shoulders.
Caroling commuters
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Big Shoulders Fund scholars sing for commuters in the train stations on Thursday, December 15, 2011 to spread holiday cheer and awareness of Big Shoulders.
Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Loop
Friday, November 18, 2011
For the fourth year in a row, Big Shoulders Fund students will bring holiday cheer to commuters at Millenium and Ogilive Train Stations on December 15, 2011.
Big Shoulders Fund Schools Buck National Trends: Serving More Students
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Over 200 Civic and Corporate Leaders participate in Lend a Shoulder Day to celebrate the growth and academic success of inner-city Catholic schools in Chicago.
Nearly 600 Chicago Professionals Kick-off the 2011-2012 School Year
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Nearly 600 Chicago Professionals Kick-off the 2011-2012 School Year By Raising Funds to Provide Financial Assistance to Inner-City Kids Big Shoulders Fund Hosted the Fifth Annual Big Shoulders Fun
Join us at the Big Shoulders Fund Ball on September 30, 2011 at REAC!
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Big Shoulders Fund Auxiliary Board will host its Fifth Annual Big Shoulders Fund Ball on Friday, September 30, 2011. More than 500 of Chicago’s leading young professionals are expected to attend.
Attention to Marketing and Sales Can Improve Enrollment
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Big Shoulders Fund and Archdiocese of Chicago create a framework to help schools create a comprehensive marketing plan.
Motorola Solutions Foundation grants Big Shoulders funding for STEM programs
Monday, September 12, 2011
Recently, the Motorola Solutions Foundation provided $5.5 million funding to U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs, including the Big Shoulders Fund.
St. Angela's principal Mary Kay O'Rourke remembered
Monday, August 22, 2011
St. Angela's principal Mary Kay O'Rourke remembered as 'outstanding educator'
11th Annual Golf Classic Raises over $550,000 for Scholarships!
Friday, August 12, 2011
Thanks to committee, sponsors and attendees, the 11th Annual Big Shoulders Fund Golf Classic is a huge success.
Letter to the Editor Regarding New York Times June 4, 2011 Article
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
As the co-chairmen of the Chicago-based Big Shoulders Fund, we were pleased that our group’s efforts were cited as an example of the work being done ...
Service Day at Our Lady of Tepeyac
Monday, May 02, 2011
Over 150 volunteers helped clean up, paint, and brighten the school. Phil Corboy and Mary Dempsey, along with the Corboy & Demetrio, have served as the school's Patron.
BSF Stock Market Program Making an Impact
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
If you are interested in sponsoring a stock market team next year at one of our elementary schools, please contact Antonio Ortiz at 312-751-3896 or
CBS-2 Story on Stock Market Program
Friday, April 15, 2011
If you are interested in sponsoring a stock market team next year, contact Tony Ortiz at 312-751-3896 or
Big Shoulders Stock Program Featured on ABC-7
Monday, April 11, 2011
Big Shoulders Board Member Jim Hoeg and the Stock Market Project that is now in 15 Big Shoulders Fund schools featured on ABC-7 at 5pm.
Big Shoulders Fund Announces Third Annual Summer Fellowship Program
Friday, April 01, 2011
Now in its third year, the Big Shoulders Fund Fellowship Program invites college students to learn about marketing, Chicago and the schools through intensive outreach to build enrollment.
Crains Chicago Spotlights Big Shoulders Fund Executive Director
Monday, March 28, 2011
Virginia and Josh Hale attend the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Dinner.