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Founders Fund


In 1890, two entrepreneurs traveled 1,000 miles from Boston to Chicago to open the school that would grow into today’s Columbia College Chicago. The founders, Mary Blood and Ida Morey Riley, were both longtime educators and practitioners who saw a great demand for a communications and humanities-based education. Their mission was to provide technical training and real-world experience to their students, preparing them for the modern workforce in careers like public speaking, performing, and teaching.

The Founders Fund honors Columbia’s founders, Mary Blood and Ida Morey Riley, and the mission and vision with which the college was founded. Through an investment in the Founders Fund you can:

• Provide critical financial aid and scholarships.

• Build and enhance the student experience through programming and career development.

• Recruit industry-leading faculty. • Enrich campus revitalization projects.

When you support Columbia, you choose to be part of a community dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering the next generation of students who will shape what’s next.