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Change young lives, change education,
and change our world.

With support from you and our community, GCE students develop the skills
and experience to take on the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

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Scholarship

93% of GCE students receive tuition assistance through scholarships, making GCE one of the most diverse independent high schools in the city of Chicago1.

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Wellness

GCE's counseling and foodservice
programs provide the resources to keep students mentally and physically fit and ready to take on the world.

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Experiences

We've coordinated over 500 real-world learning experiences and designed 39 original project-based courses to keep education relevant and engaging.

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Give more and it costs you less!

Donate to GCE Lab School through Empower Illinois, and your gift will qualify for a 75% Illinois state tax credit.

Empower Illinois is the largest and most comprehensive Scholarship Granting Organization in the state. Empower Illinois has raised over $100M and awarded over 16,000 scholarships to students in Illinois. GCE Lab School is thrilled to be a part of the program supporting students and benefiting donors.

Since this program is funded by the State of Illinois through the Invest In Kids Act, donors must apply to be eligible. Don't sweat; we got this! Our fundraising team is ready to help make the process a breeze.

To get started you will need a PIN from the Illinois Department of Revenue. If you don’t have an IDOR login, sign up for one at http://mytax.illinois.gov; go to Individuals and scroll down to Request a Letter ID. It takes 2 minutes, and you just need your driver's license and SSN. Your Letter ID will arrive in about 10 days.

Important Dates:

November 30: Last day to make a donation through Empower Illinois to benefit GCE this school year. (donations made after 11/30 will benefit GCE next year).

December 31: Last day to make a donation to qualify for the tax credit this year

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We believe when young people can see relevance in their education, build connections to opportunity through their studies, and genuinely care for one another, they are equipped to be a force for good—for themselves, their community, and the world.

Real-World Academics help students understand the “why” behind their learning, dramatically increasing engagement and creating a sense of purpose.

Exposure and Access to industry professionals, through field experiences and internships, ignite student curiosity and enhance the choice of potential career paths.

A Culture of Belonging helps students develop empathy for others and a competitive advantage in our increasingly multicultural world.

Wishlist

Our wish list is a great way to make a difference by gifting items that make a GCE education an incredible experience every day.

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Multi-year Pledges

Multi-year pledge gifts have value beyond the donation itself. They provide GCE and our students a foundation of support and stability so we may live into our values of equity and innovation as we grow.

GCE Lab School Annual Giving Fund

Your support ensures GCE Lab School can continue to deliver an unmatched education and fulfill our mission to use the city as a classroom and embolden a community of socially responsible citizens to respond courageously to the world’s biggest challenges.

Global Citizenship Experience Lab School is a registered 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax-deductible. EIN: 45-2406296

Donate Online

Make a monthly gift or one-time donation using your credit card, bank transfer or Apple Pay.

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Checks
Check donations can be mailed to:

GCE Lab School
ATTN: Keiko Slazas
9 West Washington Street, Fourth Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Wire Transfers

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1According to Niche. The Most Diverse Private High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of data
from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents.