Supporting WITS Chicago in its Mission to Improve Literacy

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Working in the Schools

Since 2002, Stanford MBA graduate Tim Shields has been serving as director of UBS, a financial services company with offices in Chicago. In his free time, Tim Shields supports Working in the Schools (WITS) Chicago.

Established in 1991 by three change agents in Chicago, WITS started out as two programs: one aimed to mobilize volunteers to act as literacy mentors for students throughout Chicago while the other was created to promote the professional development of teachers. In 2015, these programs merged to form a comprehensive model that proposes to ignite students’ passion for reading.

In its 25 years of existence, WITS has been able to fulfill its mission through the generosity of individuals, foundations, and corporations. There are many ways to help WITS including direct financial support to any of the organization’s nine programs. This financial support can activate the organization’s nearly 2000 volunteers and provide for the professional development of hundreds of teachers in nearly 100 schools nationwide.

Donors include companies such as Credit Suisse and Exelon and foundations such as Polk Bros. Foundation and The John Buck Company Foundation. For more information on how to help the organization, visit


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