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By Check or Money Order

If you want to make a gift by mailing a check or money order, please send it to:

Northwestern Settlement
For: Rowe Elementary School
c/o 1400 W. Augusta Blvd.
Chicago, IL  60642

By In-Kind Donations

The Settlement accepts a wide range of in-kind gifts for use in all program areas, including Rowe Elementary School.

Wish List

Large Donations:

  • Large Laminator
  • A large paper cutter
  • Furniture for reading nooks i.e. Beanbag chairs, new rugs.
  • Office Chairs

Smaller Donations:

  • Laminating rolls for large laminating machine
  • Pencils
  • Electric Pencil Sharpeners
  • Notebooks
  • Glue sticks

By Appreciated Securities

It is easy to make a tax-deductible gift through appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares. Your tax deduction will be based on the full market value of the securities at the time of transfer, and the gift will avoid capital gains taxes.  Please contact Katie Taylor at, or call us at 773-278-7471 to give appreciated securities.


Investing in Rowe

Investing in the Work of Rowe Elementary School
In addition to raising program support from foundations, corporations, and government sources, Northwestern Settlement conducts an annual appeal each year, beginning in November.  Gifts from individuals are made by cash, check, credit card, or stock transfer, and may be designated by program area, including Rowe Elementary School, if the donor so desires.  One-time and monthly recurring gifts, given via credit card or automatic withdrawal from your bank account, are easy ways to support the  school on an ongoing basis.
For individuals and groups interested in supporting our work, we welcome the opportunity to give a tour of the Settlement and Rowe Elementary School.  Please contact the Office of External Affairs at 773-278-7471 to learn more.


Key Partnerships

Northwestern Settlement has partnered broadly and deeply to create and operate Rowe Elementary School

Jeanne and John Rowe are the namesakes of Rowe Elementary School. The Rowes have long supported education reform, with a special interest in charter schools.  As naming donors, the Rowe family has shown a remarkable willingness to commit their time, energy, and resources to helping Rowe Elementary School reach its goal of becoming the best charter grammar school in Chicago.  In addition to their founding gift in 2009, the Rowe family announced a $2M matching gift challenge in 2012, and they are regular classroom volunteers as well.  John Rowe is the former Chairman and CEO of Exelon, which has provided over $1M in philanthropy to the school, and currently helps support its science programming.exelon_logo_detail

CPS is the charter authorizer for Rowe Elementary School.  In its first year Rowe shared space with another charter school; in 2010, CPS was instrumental in securing a permanent campus for Rowe.  Northwestern Settlement’s partnership with CPS dates back to 1999 with the establishment of Noble Street College Prep.

Since 2007, Bain has spent several million dollars of pro bono work and over $500,000 in philanthropy towards making Rowe Elementary School a reality. Bain’s support has included best practice research to apply key lessons from the best-performing charter schools nationwide, school startup tools to help leadership manage the process, financial model and analysis to help set budgets and sustain growth, assessment analysis tool to help teachers analyze test results and customize instruction, and more. Bain employees also have membership on the Northwestern Settlement Board of Directors, host scholar field trips to the Bain offices, and volunteer and tutor at the school.

Rowe’s other key partners are active not only in the school but also serve Northwestern Settlement’s broad scope of programs and the community at large:

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities
American Camp Association
Atlantic Research Partners
Charter Parents United
Department of Family and Support Services
Chicago Public Education Fund
Communities in Schools of Chicago
Dominican University
Eckhart Park Community Association
Gardeneers and The Kitchen Community
Greater Chicago Food Depository
The HistoryMakers
Holy Trinity High School
Illinois Department of Human Services
Illinois Network of Charter Schools

Kenilworth Union Church
Lillstreet Art Center
Mariano’s Fresh Market
Natya Dance Company
New Trier High School
Noble Network of Charter Schools
North Shore Symphony Orchestra
Northwestern University
Rock 4 Kids
Stand for Children
Teach for America
WBEZ 91.5 FM
University of Illinois at Chicago
Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce

Professional Development

Our teachers spend each Wednesday afternoon from 3:50 5:00 pm participating in Professional Development at Rowe. Staff have an opportunity to participate in sessions covering the following topics on a rotating basis. We value the ability to continuously reflect on and improve our practice as educators.

  • Coaching Support from Deans
  • Student Support Meetings (MTSS)
  • Race & Equity Development (R&E)
  • Data-Driven Instruction (DDI)
  • Unit & Lesson Planning (ULP)
  • Management & Culture (M&C)
  • Special Education & English Language Learner Best Practices

In addition to in-house PDs, below are some external resources for teachers that have been used at Rowe in the past: