Friends of Payton

Friends of Payton (FOP) supports the students and faculty of Walter Payton College Prep through volunteerism and fundraising.

Our mission is to enrich the school's educational and extracurricular activities with resources that supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the Chicago Public School system. FOP is run by parents/guardians of Payton students as an audit-compliant 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to the school through FOP are tax-exempt.

Every parent and guardian of a current Payton student is automatically a member of Friends of Payton -- there are no membership dues or application processes. We simply ask that every parent/guardian do their best to contribute 10 volunteer hours to the school each year. 

Learn how to get involved by attending a Payton Community Meeting or by contacting


From potluck socials to monthly community meetings with the school's principal, Friends of Payton offers parents/guardians many ways to connect with the school and other Payton families. 

Please visit our PARTICIPATE page for details on upcoming opportunities to get involved. Every Payton parent/guardian is welcome!


Parents and guardians volunteer thousands of hours to Payton each year in dozens of valuable ways. Every parent and guardian has a skill we can use – if you can fold a piece of paper or unload water bottles onto a table, you can help! In addition to serving short shifts at school events, volunteers are needed to help with a variety of fundraising tasks and to fill ongoing roles like making sure the website is up to date. Learn more on the VOLUNTEER page.


FOP does extensive fundraising every year to supplement the school's official CPS budget. These funds help pay for faculty positions that ensure the school can provide a range of AP and advanced courses, as well as keep class sizes manageable. FOP funds have long supported professional development activities that help our faculty remain leaders in their fields, technology innovation for staff and students and scholarship support so that all of our students can participate in travel, athletic, and other extracurricular opportunities. Visit the DONATE page for more information on how to make a tax-deductible gift.

Board Members

Chris McGowan
  Maria Carrion
  Moira Saliba
Vice President, Fundraising 
Beth Beyer
Executive Vice President
  Linda Clark
Assistant Treasurer
  Chris Killackey
Chair, Annual Appeal
Trudy Cools
Tein Atkerson
Vice President, Communications                
  Liz Opie
Chair, Gala Committee

Friends of Payton (FOP) is a parent-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (tax ID #36-4409659) that raises funds and provides volunteer assistance to support Walter Payton College Prep. Our mission is to enrich educational and extracurricular activities with outside resources to supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the public school system.