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See below for various government information that should provide some transparency in regards to Common Roots Initiative's operations:

Proof of Incorporation
Proof of Public Charity Status and 501(c)(3) status
Proof of Registered Charity with the Illinois Attorney General


You recognize the urgent need and the potential of west suburban Chicago youth and the teachers that can inspire them to succeed.  Your donation not only helps fund a scholarship; it is an investment toward a positive future for these communities.

The Need

  • Where's the money?
    There are very few local scholarship opportunities for students and teachers in the near-west suburbs of Chicago.

Proviso communities vs. Naperville (2009)


*Proviso communities featured are Maywood, Broadview, Forest Park, Bellwood, Hillside, Berkley, Melrose Park, and Westchester.

  • A Catch-22:
    There are several facets that contribute to how a school district is funded by the government. Of course, a significant majority of funding comes from property taxes.  Yet standardized test scores of school districts play an integral role in how much funding a district receives.  Routinely, districts with higher test scores receive more money from state governments.  It has been shown that school districts in lower income areas simply don't have the funding to provide key resources for teachers to utilize in preparing the students for tests such as ISAT, ACT, and SAT.

    Thus, a lack of funding can have a direct correlation to lower test scores.  Yet lower test scores lead to a lack of funding.

The Potential

  • Common Roots Initiative is a prime example of what can result from persistent involvement in educating youth.  Five of six board members are graduates of Proviso East High School.  All board members have obtained a college education and are working professionals, in fields ranging from teaching to law.
  • We use "Common Roots" in our name because we're friends with a desire to help in our community.  We have first-hand knowledge of the challenges in the local school systems.  In 15 years, we saw that nothing had changed for students and teachers.  We want to make an impact that will improve this situation.
Many people - from dedicated parents to innovative teachers - have helped us achieve our collegiate dreams.  We want to do the same for your children.