Back 2 School Illinois (formerly The Illinois Currency Exchange Charitable Foundation) was formed in 2010, by the Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois (CCEA), which represents more than 350 Currency Exchanges in the state. The roots of the organization were planted a number of years early when the first free school supply distribution was launched. 


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

During the next decade, the school supplies program continued to expand reaching more and more children from low-income families. As the program evolved, supplies were distributed in the form of Back 2 School kits, each containing the core supplies that students need to succeed in the classroom. To facilitate the distribution of these kits, partnerships have been developed with a numerous community organizations and government agencies. In 2015, our Build-A-Kit initiative, which allows companies to purchase school supplies in bulk and assemble them into kits, as part of a team building exercise, has helped to accelerate the growth of the Back 2 School program. 

While the Back 2 School program remains the main thrust of Back 2 School Illinois efforts, the organization also offers other programs that fit within the guidelines of our mission including a college scholarship program and a POWER UP! Boot Camp which, teaches kids about the importance of regular exercise and proper nutrition. 

The continued support of CCEA along with broadening support from a growing number of companies and individuals has strengthened the organization and helped propel B2SI to new heights and having a more profound impact on the education of Illinois children. 

Back 2 School Illinois is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to create and support educational opportunities that enrich the lives of Illinois children