Friends of Payton

Friends of Payton (FOP) is a no-dues, parent/guardian-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the students, faculty and administration of Walter Payton College Prep through fundraising and volunteering at school events.

Every parent or guardian of a Payton student is automatically a member of Friends of Payton. 

Our mission is to enrich educational and extracurricular activities with resources that supplement the limited funding allotted to Payton through the Chicago Public School system. 

Our goal is to make it easy for Payton families to participate in, volunteer at and donate to our school. 

We invite you to get in touch at


From potluck socials to monthly meetings featuring talks with the principal, FOP offers parents and guardians of Payton students 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

Andrea Mularczyk
  Tracey Lowenthal
  Moira Saliba
Vice President, Fundraising 
Beth Beyer
Executive Vice President
  Linda Clark
Assistant Treasurer
  Chris McGowan
Chair, Annual Appeal
Trudy Cools
Tein Atkerson
Vice President, Communications                
  Carol Cubia-Siebert
Chair, Gala

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.