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Chance the Rapper: Take Lyft & give to CPS arts ed

In partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, Chance the Rapper says people can donate money to his Art & Literature Fund, which benefits CPS students, by getting a ride from Lyft, rounding the fare up to the next-highest dollar, with the up-rounding amount going straight to CPS, DNA Info reports.

“The more we ride, the more we raise,” he tweeted, encouraging people to use Lyft as much as possible. The service started running yesterday.

The “Round Up & Donate” program from Lyft contributes to other nonprofit organizations as well, including Girls Who Code, Habitat for Humanity, and the World Wildlife Fund. But donations to Chance’s fund will directly add to his already enormous financial support for arts education in Chicago—he announced last month that his nonprofit organization, SocialWorks, had raised $2.2 million for 20 CPS schools, to be used for arts education programs.

He describes SocialWorks as an “empowerment charity”:

SocialWorks aims to empower youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement while fostering leadership, accessibility, and positivity within the youth throughout Chicago.

Our framework for interactive spaces and experiences aims to nurture local talent and open new doors, much like what its co-founder Chance The Rapper has done in the music industry.

Chance the Rapper is a Grammy winner and a native Chicagoan. “Through the New Chance Arts & Literature Fund, I’m committed to giving the kids in Chicago as much as I can,” the music industry magazine Billboard quoted him as saying. “And now with Lyft’s Round Up & Donate, we can give them much more because the more we ride, the more we raise to bring more arts programs to Chicago Public Schools.”

Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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