My name is Colby Chapman, Founder of PennyUp. I am a graduate of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I earned my Bachelors in Criminology and Masters in Program Leadership. Currently, I serve as a Career Education Coordinator at Chicago Excel Academy, where I have the opportunity to increase our students appetite for success daily. I have a passion for serving our youth, fostering growth, and molding our future leaders of tomorrow.

PennyUp strives to financially aide and educate youth in disenfranchised communities through entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and job readiness.


Name: Chicago Excel Academy

Event: 1st Prom 

Founded: 2012

Location: Roseland, IL

Program Type: Educational

Grade/Age: High School

Pennies Raised: 130,000


Name: Michael J Simms BBall Camp 

Founded: 2014

Location: Chicago, IL

Program Type: Health

Grade/Age: Adolescents

Pennies Raised: 2,000


Name: Far South Community Action Council

Event:Spring into Summer

Location: Chicago, IL 

Program Type: Educational

Grade/Age: Open to all Ages

Pennies Raised: 150 people gained Cents of PennyUp.


Name: Gately Park Advisory Council

Event: Real Men Cook Too

Location: Chicago, IL

Program Type: Educational, Social, & Health

Grade/Age: Open to all Ages

Pennies Raised: 100 youth gained Cents of scientific, mathematical, health, physical, mental, vocational, and technical skills.


Name: SpeakHOPE

Event: Hope in the HOOD:Back 2 School Edition

Location: Chicago, IL

Program Type: Educational

Grade/Age: Adolescents

Pennies Raised: Distributed 100 book bags filled with back to school supplies.


Name: Dreamyvents

Event: 1st Annual Night of Honor

Location: Chicago, IL

Program Type: Health

Grade/Age: Adolescents

Pennies Raised: 5,000


Name: Chicago Excel Academy X HashtagLunchBag

Event: Preparing lunches for the homeless

Location: Downtown Chicago, IL

Program Type: Service/Homelessness

Grade/Age: 13-30

Pennies Raised: 25 students from Chicago Excel Academy, prepared 1,000 lunches for the homeless.


Name: SpeakH.O.P.E. X PennyUp

Event: Rally4Hope

Location: Chicago, IL (Pullman)

Program Type: Social Justice

Grade/Age: 18-35

Pennies Raised: 100 youth learned how pertinent social justice is to our communities.


Name: Camelot Education 

Event: 2nd Annual College Tour     

Location: Baltimore, MD/ Washington D.C./
Norfolk, VA/ Richmond, VA

Program Type: Educational Enrichment

Grade/Age: 16-21

Pennies Raised: 50,000     

"CHANGE the world, it just makes CENTS"
  • Sidney Williams 
    • $33 
    • 70 mos
  • mercedes Robinson  
    • $10 
    • 73 mos
  • Dana West 
    • $25 
    • 75 mos
  • Sandy Russell  
    • $50 
    • 76 mos
  • Chantell Sanders 
    • $25 
    • 76 mos
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Colby Chapman 
Harvey, IL
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