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. Learn how to get involved by attending a Payton Community Meeting or by contacting FriendsofPayton@gmail.com.

Participate

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

Please visit our PARTICIPATE page for details on upcoming ways to get involved. 

Volunteer

Payton families volunteer thousands of hours in service to the school annually. FOP asks every family to contribute 10 hours to Payton each year, which typically involves chaperoning field trips, staffing school events or contributing specialized skills such as catering or graphic design services. 

Learn more on our VOLUNTEER page.

Donate

FOP fundraising supplements the school's budget from Chicago Public Schools. FOP 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
President

FOPpresident@gmail.com
  Maria Carrion
Treasurer

FOPtreasurer@gmail.com
  Moira Saliba
Vice President, Fundraising 
FOPfundraising@gmail.com 
         
Trudy Cools
Secretary
 
FOPsecretary@gmail.com 
  Janna Miller Midura
Assistant Treasurer

FOPasttreasurer@gmail.com
  Chris Killackey
Chair, Annual Appeal

FOPannualappeal@gmail.com

       
Donna Whitacre & Felicia Winiecki    
Co-Vice Presidents, Volunteering
FOPvolunteering@gmail.com                 
 
Heather Bennett
Vice President, Communications

FOPcommunications@gmail.com                
  Kim Froning & Safia Khan
Co-Chairs, Gala Committee

FOPgala@gmail.com


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. 

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