Public Charity for Young Urban Women
The Madonna Foundation was established in 2001 by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. This public charity is focused on increasing access to Catholic high schools for young urban women on Chicago’s north side. These young women come from families who are experiencing economic difficulties.
The Madonna Foundation provides not only a Catholic school scholarship for these young women, but also , tutoring, funds for diagnostic testing and academic remediation, and other social and psychological services. The goal is to provide these young women with an opportunity to build meaningful, productive and successful lives for themselves, becoming leaders for future generations.
Did you know that there is a strong connection between academic achievement and psychological maturation of young women, particularly in the development of self-esteem? The Madonna Foundation and the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago understand this connection and are long-time sponsors of Catholic schools. They both understand that Catholic schools serve as effective environments for these young women.