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. Join us in support of our mission.

DONOR PROFILE: 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.


Jackson is a critical funder of our Intensive program and our COVID-19 relief efforts. Through an investment in 2020 to support our Direct Emergency Relief to Families initiative, a direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jackson’s generosity will impact dozens of families by providing small grants to support with access to basic needs.

Through volunteering, board service and monetary giving, their associates are encouraged to share their strengths and skills in the community. Volunteer paid time off (given to associates at all levels) is one example of how Jackson empowers their people to get involved and work with purpose.

Jackson’s philanthropic dollars are invested in projects that strengthen families and increase economic opportunities to make a meaningful, long-term impact in the places they work and live.

CIS of Chicago is proud to partner with Jackson for a second year to provide vital support to our students and their families during these challenging times.

Communities In Schools of Chicago Donors, FY20



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


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


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



Jon and Susan Ballis

Edith Chen and Greg Miller

Kent and Elizabeth Dauten


Mike and Eleanor Evangelides

Barbara and Todd Ford

Stuart Frankel

Dorothy and Jack Jiganti

Robert R. McCormick Foundation

William McIntosh


Valli Perera

Elizabeth Price and Lou Yicese

Robin and Jill Selati

Matt and Julie Simon


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



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

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

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


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