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Sponsors & Donors

The work we do in Chicago public schools helps keep students in school and on track to graduate. It has a data-driven impact. We leverage community resources efficiently and focus on proven programs.

For less than $50 per student, we are able to achieve important results in improving social-emotional health, physical health, arts enrichment, and college and career readiness. All of this comes together to keep students in school and on track to graduate prepared for success.

This combination of efficiency and effectiveness appeals to our sponsors and donors. They view their donations as investments – in our work, in the students of Chicago, and in the city of Chicago.

Our current partners encompass leading foundations, civic-minded corporations, and caring individuals. Their generous support allows us to serve the students of Chicago, which serves the greater good as well.

Donor Profile: Lefkofsky Family Foundation

Lefkofsky Family Foundation

The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has made a generous investment in our Freshmen Rising initiative, set to launch in the fall 2020 school year. Freshmen Rising will provide tailored support to high school freshmen to ensure they stay in school and on track to graduate. Guided by the Freshman On-Track metric, the leading proven indicator of high school graduation, Freshmen Rising will provide vital support to 80-100 students through tailored curriculum, weekly check-ins, and parent engagement.

The Lefkofsky Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation established in 2006 by Liz and Eric Lefkofsky. Its purpose is to advance high-impact initiatives that enhance the quality of human life in the communities we serve.

To achieve this mission, the Foundation strives to:

  • Ensure access to quality education with a deep focus on the middle grades
  • Improve fundamental human rights for women, girls and underserved communities
  • Propel innovative medical research
  • Expand cultural initiatives

CIS of Chicago is grateful for this partnership and looks forward to launching Freshmen Rising in the fall of 2020 thanks to the Foundation’s generosity.

Donor Highlight: Vibha Foundation

Vibha Foundation

Vibha Foundation has generously invested in CIS of Chicago through a technology grant that has helped us purchase laptops for our Student Supports Managers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team is meeting the evolving needs of our students in a virtual setting, connecting them to essential services and providing them with individualized case management and social emotional support. Having functional digital tools is critical to reaching young people at a time when they need our support the most. We thank Vibha for supporting us in keeping young people on the pathway to high school graduation.  

Since inception in 1991, Vibha has been working to ensure that every underprivileged child attains his or her right to education, health and opportunity. Vibha’s mission is to drive excellence in public education by enabling scalable solutions that deliver quality education. Vibha is a volunteer-driven social catalyst that seeds, grows, and scales solutions to systemic problems that impact quality of public education.  

We support Vibha’s belief that children are the promise of a better tomorrow, so they should have access to quality education and good health. CIS of Chicago is proud to partner with Vibha Foundation in supporting students in school and beyond. 

Leaders in Learning

Communities In Schools of Chicago Donors, FY20

$50,000+

  • AbbVie
  • Anonymous Foundation
  • A Better Chicago
  • Craig and Elliana Bondy
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Capital One
  • Ellen Carnahan
  • Foglia Family Foundation
  • Foundation for Human Development
  • I.A. O’Shaughnessy Foundation
  • Kemper Educational and Charitable Fund
  • Michael Reese Health Trust
  • Bill Nygren Foundation
  • Paul M. Angell Family Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Matthew Steinmetz
  • Thrive – Together for Students
  • VNA Foundation

$20,000-$49,999

  • Adtalem Global Education Foundation
  • Anonymous Foundation
  • Mark and Jamie Brady
  • Brinson Foundation
  • Kevin and Joan Evanich
  • Finnegan Family Foundation
  • Grant Healthcare Foundation
  • Ryan and Casey Harris
  • Higher Path Foundation
  • Peoples Gas Community Fund
    at The Chicago Community Foundation
  • Speh Family Foundation
  • The Shippy Foundation
  • Topfer Family Foundation
  • Ulta Beauty Inc.
  • Jim and Catherine Ann Welch
  • W.P. & H.B. White Foundation

$10,000-$19,999

  • Adams Street Partners, LLC
  • Ares Management, LLC
  • Regina and Luke Bakalar
  • Carmax Foundation
  • Jodi and Ruben Caro
  • Bob and Pam Conlon
  • Vinay Couto and Lynn Vincent
  • Elder Family Foundation
  • Steve Elkins
  • Therese and Jim Fauerbach
  • Bon and Holly French
  • Brian and Jaala Good
  • GCM Grosvenor
  • Golder Family Foundation
  • John M. Greening
  • Richard M. Gunst
  • Jackson National Community Fund
  • Kirkland & Ellis Foundation
  • Alain and Laura LeCoque
  • Brad and Jen Meyers
  • Brian and Cindy Moncrief
  • Northern Trust Corporation
  • Scott and Rachel Pasquini
  • Joan W. Ward
  • William Blair & Company, LLC

$5,000-$9,999

  • Anonymous
  • Jon and Susan Ballis
  • Edith Chen and Greg Miller
  • Kent and Elizabeth Dauten
  • Deloitte
  • Mike and Eleanor Evangelides
  • Barbara and Todd Ford
  • Stuart Frankel
  • Dorothy and Jack Jiganti
  • Robert R. McCormick Foundation
  • William McIntosh
  • NTT Ltd
  • Valli Perera
  • Elizabeth Price and Lou Yicese
  • Robin and Jill Selati
  • Matt and Julie Simon

$2,500-$4,999

  • Neil Araujo
  • Steve and Alison Dry
  • Alex and Katie Feld
  • Ervin and Louise LeCoque
  • Jay and Sharon LeCoque
  • Brendan and Kelli McKeough
  • Ruthellyn Musil
  • Sheridan Road Charitable Foundation
  • Gintaras Vaisnys and Gloria Kot
  • Katherine Wanner
  • Kareem K.W.O.E. Wells
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Edward and Mary Ann Wood

$1,000-$2,499

  • Anonymous
  • Jeannie Affelder and Jeff Weissglass
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Richard Berger
  • Brian and Heiji Black
  • Andrew and Shaun Block
  • Rob Bronstein
  • Suzanne Burns
  • Robert and Virginia Burnstine
  • Brad and Katie Cohen
  • Michelle Collins
  • Bill and Kim Colwyn
  • Pam and Dan Davis
  • Marie Devlin
  • Shawn M. Donnelley and Christopher
    Kelly
  • Charles Edelstein
  • Bob and Rose Fealy
  • Lawrence Fey
  • Michael and Erica Fishman
  • David Goldman
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Jonathan and Rebecca Guryan
  • David Habiger
  • Dr. Heather Haukness and Mr. David
    Bentrem
  • Torrence and Kimberly Hinton
  • John D. Jawor
  • Jeff Jelm
  • Candice M. Johnson
  • Alan and Michelle Kaplan
  • Harry Kraemer
  • Janet Krueger and Tony Castelluccio
  • John Kos
  • Kovler Family Foundation
  • Legg Mason & Co., LLC
  • Alvin Marley
  • Rocco and Roxanne Martino
  • Loui Marver
  • Tom McCleary
  • Mike Naimo
  • Danny and Jennifer O’Shaughnessy
  • Jim and Sharon O’Sullivan
  • ORBA
  • ORIX Foundation
  • Jim Parsons
  • Laura Pearl
  • Sanford E. Perl
  • Stephen L. Ritchie
  • Dan Rosenbloom
  • Scott Segal
  • Benjamin Socie
  • Rita Spitz and David Blears
  • Gregory and Carmelina Stoklosa
  • Marc and Marcy Strongin
  • Edward Swan
  • Kay Torshen
  • Douglas and Pam Walter
  • Barbara West
  • Robert Westropp
  • James Wildman

Our mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.