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CROWDRISE : Jan 21, 2014
Tax ID: 46-0765217
BASED: Des Plaines, IL, United States


Helping schools in need

Currently in Illinois 47,906 students are attending school full-time and are considered homeless. With Backpacks 4 Class, the children can excel academically and not worry about not having the proper supplies for class.

For the past couple of years, the co-founders have received supplies from donations made by friends and family.  One day Fernando (co-founder) approached his long time friends Franco, Margaret, and John and told them about the idea. They right away joined and combined their resources in the hopes of reaching out to more schools and students.  Working off of Fernando’s previous success of providing supplies and backpacks to Chicagoland area schools, they believed there were no limits as to how many children could benefit from their efforts and Backpacks 4 Class was born.

Backpacks 4 Class – Caduceus Education Foundation is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation dedicated to promoting, coordinating and developing the collection of backpacks filled with all of the supplies a child will need to have a successful school year. Backpacks 4 Class works with schools in the Chicagoland area and suburbs through-out the school year. Drop boxes are placed within the community with the help of local chambers, businesses and individual volunteers.  These boxes provide backpacks and supplies to adopted schools for children before the start of the upcoming school year.

Backpacks 4 Class hopes that through this collection the children who receive these items will excel scholastically as well as learn the importance of staying active in the classroom. After many discussions with teachers and principals from various schools with a high percentage of students from low-income families as well as students under the poverty level and even labeled “homeless”, the idea of providing this service went from a good deed to absolutely essential for their future.

At Backpacks 4 Class we’ve made supplying as many filled backpacks our mission with very high goals for distribution.

Our main goal is to give a teacher or principal an outlet (our website) to request backpacks and/or specific school supplies for their classrooms. Each teacher and principal will receive a login and password in order to be able to submit a request prior to the upcoming school year. Once received, we will fulfill the order and deliver the supplies. Currently we have been accommodating grades 1 through 8 and will eventually include high school and possibly offer small scholarships to outgoing seniors for books once our corporate sponsors officially come on board.

By using the power of social media the response has been overwhelming and in 2013 the donations reached beyond our own databases.

The four co-founders of Backpacks 4 Class are all full time employees in fields unrelated to education and have been running the organization out of their own pockets not ever expecting anything in return. The thank you cards from the students who received the supplies have been the greatest payment anyone could receive. This organization has a solid foundation, heart and resources to accomplish the goals set forth. Without setting any limitations on how many children can be rewarded with the gift to excel in the classroom, Backpacks 4 Class is ready to make this dream into a reality.

Tax ID: 46-0765217 •


2014 Backpacks Drive

2014 Backpacks Drive

Amount Raised:



0% Raised of $30,000 Goal