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

Please join us at our monthly FOP Community Meetings, which are scheduled for:

  • Monday, June 3, 2019


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. 


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.

To volunteer for PHYSICS DAYat Great America, Thursday, May 30th 8am-7pm 

To volunteer for Faculty Appreciation Lunch, Friday, June 21, 11am-2pm

CPS Volunteer Application:  All volunteers MUST have a CPS Level 2 certification and approval from Payton.


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
  Maria Carrion
  Moira Saliba
Vice President, Fundraising 
Trudy Cools
  Janna Miller Midura
Assistant Treasurer
  Chris Killackey
Chair, Annual Appeal

Donna Whitacre & Felicia Winiecki    
Co-Vice Presidents, Volunteering                 
Heather Bennett
Vice President, Communications                
  Kim Froning & Safia Khan
Co-Chairs, 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.