The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, The CAFE – a (501c3), was founded in 2014 by Don and Liz Thompson.

We are committed to supporting and mentoring students and professionals as they progress through various stages in life. We achieve this goal by making strategic investments in organizations that are aligned with our vision for large scale impact in college access and success.

We also directly support individuals through the various stages of leadership development and professional growth. Our goal is to be a model for innovation, collaboration and authenticity. We envision all Chicagoans having access to the necessary resources to progress through life full of vision, confidence, and agency.

We believe that to whom much is given, much is required and that love is the cornerstone of our work.

We believe that age is not an accomplishment and youth is not a sin…. We must learn from both.

We believe that collaboration is vital to sustainability.

We believe that everyone has the potential to be a leader. We meet people where they are and create an environment to cultivate their growth.

We believe in starting with our communities of greatest need….a lack of resources should not hinder success.

We believe that investing in our young people today will ultimately change the world.

Keep your eyes peeled for the
full launch of our new site later this fall.