Become a Donor

Austin Polytech represents a unique public-private partnership. Although APA is primarily funded as part of the Chicago Public School system, we have several academic and enrichment programs that go under- or un-funded every year. APA's nationally-recognized Advanced Manufacturing Career Program is operated and supported by the not-for-profit (501c3) organization Manufacturing Renaissance(MFGREN).

We are seeking donations for the following initiatives:

  • Safe Passage School Bus Transportation for APA Students: We pick-up and drop-off APA students from two neighborhood sites everyday so students can safely commute to school. 
  • ACT Preparation Tutoring: Students receive extra tutoring and test prep to succeed on the ACT. 
  • Student Incentive Program: APA regularly rewards top performing students in academics and attendance. 
  • MFGREN fundraises year-round from individuals, businesses and foundations to support the dedicated Career Program staff and activities including fieldtrips to manufacturing facilities, job shadowing, internships, industry credentialing  manufacturing partner-cultivation, community outreach, student leadership development and many more.  

If you are interested in supporting the Austin Polytech academic and enrichment programs or the MFGREN-operated Adv. Manufacturing Career Program at Austin Polytech please consider a tax-deductible donation today. You can contribute online securely via PayPal by clicking the button below.

We also gladly accept contributions via check. Please make yours payable to Manufacturing Renaissance and mail it to us at 3411 W. Diversey, Suite 10, Chicago, IL 60647.

To learn more about supporting Austin Polytech, please contact Erica Swinney at or (773) 534-6326.


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