For over 75 years, St. Francis de Sales High School has helped families from all walks of life give their children the tools they need to take the next step forward in life – including academics and character spiritual formation. 

Because of this rich tradition of preparing students for life, the Big Shoulder Fund stands proudly with the Pioneer family as they build upon their past to reach to the future.  Big Shoulders is committed to supporting St. Francis de Sales High School over the coming years, not only as its major external financial supporter but also by providing academic and operational resources that will help the school better serve its students.

“St. Francis de Sales plays a unique role as the only Catholic co-educational high school serving Chicago’s southeast side.  The school and its families are important to the Big Shoulders Fund, and we look forward to continuing our support for the school and its mission.  We’re especially excited about the partnership with new Principal John Kimec – he’s not only improving today’s St. Francis, but he’s also building a St. Francis de Sales that will thrive for years to come.” said Josh Hale, Big Shoulders Fund President and CEO. 

Founded almost thirty years ago, Big Shoulders is a private non-profit organization that has raised over $285 million to support Catholic schools in Chicago’s working-class neighborhoods.  Funds raised by the Big Shoulders Fund are used to ensure that a quality Catholic education is available to families in need throughout the City of Chicago.  100% of the funds raised by the Big Shoulders Fund are used to support children through scholarships, special education programs, instructional equipment, school facility improvements, faculty support, and operating grants.  

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