Our Partners

The CAFE partners with, advises, and provides financial support and guidance to organizations to increase their ability to deliver long term, impactful programming.

Established in 1974, Purdue’s Minority Engineering Programs have been nationally recognized and replicated to advance engineering learning, discovery, and engagement in fulfillment of the Land Grant promise through outreach, recruitment, and retention of historically underrepresented students in their pursuit to become extraordinary Purdue engineers. Although these programs are open to all students without regard to race, ethnicity, or gender, underrepresented students at Purdue University include African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.
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The Academy Group provides hundreds of youth the opportunity to go from the excluded to the exceptional. Fueled by profits from businesses founders Mark and Kimbra Walter have contributed, the Academy Group provides academic support, mentoring and work experience to scholars during a 14-year-journey from fourth grade to career. The Academy Group guarantees students who meet program requirements a job post college graduation.
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While there are often opportunities available to students at the top of their class, OneGoal prioritizes students whose college prospects are extremely limited. Our cohorts enter the program with an average of 2.7 GPA and a 840 SAT score. To make college graduation a reality for all students, we need an in-school solution that is both rigorous and scalable. OneGoal offers an innovative and proven solution at a low cost.
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The City Colleges of Chicago delivers exceptional learning opportunities and educational services for diverse student populations in Chicago. They seek to enhance knowledge, understanding, skills, collaboration, community service and life-long learning by providing a broad range of quality, affordable courses, programs, and services to prepare students for success in a technologically advanced and increasingly interdependent global society. They work proactively to eliminate barriers to employment and to address and overcome casual factors underlying socio-economic disparities and inequities of access and graduation in higher education. There are seven sites of City Colleges: Malcolm X, Kennedy-King, Harold Washington, Olive-Harvey Middle, Wilbur Wright, Harry S. Truman and Richard J. Daley.
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Braven empowers untapped college students with the skills, confidence, networks and experiences needed to succeed professionally beyond graduation. To do so, Braven partners with universities and employers to offer a rigorous, credit-bearing career-acceleration course followed by a post-course experience for college students who are first-generation or from low-income backgrounds. From Braven will come a generation of leaders as diverse as our future demands.
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Bottom Line was founded in 1997 as a small nonprofit organization supporting 25 high school seniors in Boston and has grown into a nationally recognized organization serving nearly 7,700 first-generation students from Massachusetts, New York City, and Chicago. Bottom Line’s goal is to dramatically transform urban communities by producing thousands of new career-ready college graduates. Through an intensive, one-on-one approach using a codified curriculum, Bottom Line advisors support students from college application all the way through college graduation.
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City Year is an education-focused, non-profit organization that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate. This innovative public-private partnership brings together teams of young AmeriCorps members who commit to a year of full-time service in schools. Corps members support students by focusing on attendance, behavior, and course performance through in-class tutoring, mentoring and after school programs.
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The Partnership for College Completion is a nonprofit organization that catalyzes and champions policies, systems and practices to ensure all students in and around Chicago – particularly low-income, first-generation students – graduate from college and achieve their career aspirations.
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The Charter School Growth Fund identifies the country’s best charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps to increase their impact. The fund makes multi-year investments into education entrepreneurs in the charter school space. CSGF established the Emerging CMO Fund in 2013 – This fund is intended to expand the impact of the Fund by providing financial and advisory support to entrepreneurs of color as they grow their high-quality charter school networks. The Charter School Growth Fund and specifically the ECMO fund is the only of its kind that directly seeks, cultivates and funds Charter School leaders of color.
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The Progressive Pathways Fund promotes the development of a Chicagoland education and workforce system with a seamless transition from secondary to post-secondary programs, by expanding the universe of transparent and accessible Progressive Pathways to Post- Secondary Success. Progressive Pathways allows individuals to alternate between and combine periods of education/training and employment, and thereby progressively building toward college and career success over an extended period of time.
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The Surge Institute educates and develops leaders of color who create transformative change in urban education. We are the preeminent pipeline addressing the dearth of leadership of color at the decision-making tables within education reform. Surge educates, empowers and energizes educational leaders of color who will create transformative change in the communities they serve.
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