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CTU Foundation gave away nearly $2 million to charities and community organizations (most in Chicago) during the first year after the $47 million sale of the Fewkes Tower created a major entity financed by CTU members' assets, while the activities of the Foundation were never disclosed to the uni

During its fiscal year 2015, according to its "990" filing with the Internal Revenue Service, the CTU Foundation gave more than a million dollars to charitable entities, most of them community organizations in Chicago that had previously supported the union and union teachers without subsidies from the union. The massive number of donations was made possible after the CTU Foundation's assets were increased by the sale of the Fewkes Tower, which had been a property of the Chicago Teachers Union. As reported on November 6 in this series, the CTU Foundation's officers are the same as the officers of the Chicago Teachers Union. Why the Foundation's activities have not been reported to the union's delegates and members remains a mystery as of this writing. [Disclosure: This reporter was a founding member of CORE and was the first person working at the CTU offices to bring the existence of the Fewkes Tower corporation to the notice of the union's officers in 2010. I have since been eliminated from all CTU work for reasons unknown...].

Donations from the CTU Foundation during 2014 fiscal year…

Purpose of the Foundation, which is a 501 ( c) (4) organization under the Internal Revenue Code.

THE CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION FOUNDATION, INC ("FOUNDATION") WAS ORGANIZED FOR EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL WELFARE PURPOSES WITHIN THE

MEANING OF SECTION 501 (C)(4) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE THE FOUNDATION'S CIVIC AND CHARITABLE PURPOSES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT

OF PROJECTS, PROGRAMS, COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS AND OTHER NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDE SERVICES TO IMPROVE AND ASSIST

PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TEACHERS AND THEIR DEPENDENTS AND RETIRED TEACHERS, INCLUDING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ELIGIBLE ELDERLY AND RETIRED

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHERS

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Revenue from sales of assets: $47,736,077 (sale of Fewkes Tower)…

Grants and assistance total:

$1,933,500

Grants and assistance to organizations

Scholarships: $12,000

Access Living of Chicago… $35,000

First Book, Washington D.C.… $150,000

Crossroad Fund, Chicago… $200,000

ARISE of Chicago…$5,090

Young Chicago Authors, Chicago… $75,000

Action Now Institute, Chicago… $35,000

Albany Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago… $35,000

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago… $35,000

Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), Chicago, $35,000

The DuSable Museum, Chicago…$100,000

ETA Creative Arts Foundation, Chicago… $50,000

Grow Your Own Teachers, Chicago…$75,000

Art and Soul Foundation, Chicago… $50,000

Mission of Our Lady of Mercy, Chicago… $100,000

Children’s and Teachers Foundation of CTU, Chicago… $250,000

Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Chicago… $35,000

Blocks Together, Chicago… $35,000

Pilsen Alliance, Chicago… $35,000

ENLACE Chicago…$35,000

Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO), Chicago…$60,000

Raise Your Hand Illinois, Chicago… $35,000

Southwest Organizing Project, Chicago… $35,000

Dainty Warrior Project, Chicago… $25,000

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now Foundation, Chicago… $25,000

Mary E. Smith Foundation, Matteson, IL… $35,000

Misericordia Homes, Chicago… $100,000

Albany Park Theater Project, Chicago… $35,000

Special Children’s Charities, Chicago… $50,000

University of Illinois Foundation, Chicago… $50,000

Veterans for Peace, Chicago… $10,000

Network for Public Education, Tucson, AZ… $100,000



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