Eric Lefkofsky has been helping people in the Chicago area for years through various philanthropic ventures. He and his wife created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation that focuses on health, education, human rights, and the arts. Here are some of the fruits of their efforts. They have a website called High School Bound that offers information on different high schools in Chicago. Success Bound helps school counselors improve their student’s attendance, grades, and high school advancement. 10,000 students have been helped through the program. The Academy for Urban School Leadership has trained more than 1000 teachers to work in schools with the lowest performances through its’ Chicago Teacher Residency program. 31 schools and 17,000 students have benefited from these efforts.
After School Matters has helped 200,000 teenagers through its’ after-school and summer programs. The kids learn science, sports, and technology through hands-on training. Teach For America Chicago has recruited 210 principals and 1000 teachers that instill educational excellence in 125,000 students. The American Brain Tumor Association is a nonprofit organization created only to fund research and provide resources to patients with brain tumors. The John Hopkin’s Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center treats the most patients with pancreatic cancer in the US.
Their researchers try to find better ways of treatment, and hope a vaccine will be available soon with support from the LFF. The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago has the Lefkofsky Pediatric Intensive Care Unit that helps 1600 patients annually. Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Innovation Research Awards are given to investigators of cancer research at Lurie Cancer Center in Chicago. It is located in Northwestern University. Chicago Ideas invites 1200 high school students to their public events. Speakers, businesses, and member of the local community teach them about the different opportunities they have for the future.