Friends of Payton

Friends of Payton (FOP) is a 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. There are no dues or fees to join.

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. 

Get in touch at FriendsofPayton@gmail.com.

Participate

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!

Volunteer

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.

Donate

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
President

FOPpresident@gmail.com
  Maria Carrion
Treasurer

FOPtreasurer@gmail.com
  Moira Saliba
Vice President, Fundraising 
FOPfundraising@gmail.com 
         
Beth Beyer
Executive Vice President

FOPevp@gmail.com
  Linda Clark
Assistant Treasurer

FOPasttreasurer@gmail.com
  Chris Killackey
Chair, Annual Appeal

FOPannualappeal@gmail.com
         
Trudy Cools
Secretary 
FOPsecretary@gmail.com                      
 
Tein Atkerson
Vice President, Communications

FOPcommunications@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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