Eric Lefkofsky, Philanthropist
In addition to being a successful businessman, Eric Lefkofsky is an active philanthropist. In 2006, he and his wife Liz founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. It is a private charitable foundation that focuses mainly on bettering the quality of human living through programs, initiatives, and research. The organization concentrates on many sectors including arts and culture, human rights, education, and health.
Arts and Culture
Arts and culture are just one sector that the Lefkofsky’s contribute to through their family foundation. The major portion of their charity in this area goes to local organizations such as the Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. They also make smaller contributions to other local museums, as well as dance and theatre companies.
The Lefkofsky Foundation claims human rights as one of the four core interests of the foundation. The foundation has donated over $100,000 to the Human Rights Watch, and the Anti-Defamation League received under that amount. Organizations such as Planned Parenthood of Illinois and the Illinois Holocaust Museum also received donations in the name of human rights. Also, they make charitable donations to a few Jewish advocacy groups, as well as to a community that helps and houses people with developmental disabilities.
As with the above mention areas of interest, education is another sector in which the Lefkofsky’s tend to keep their donations local. They often support the younger children but also give to charter schools, after-school programs for children who are disadvantaged, and several college scholarship programs. In addition to his local endeavors, he also donates large sums of money to the University of Michigan, the school he attended and is a graduate. He also gives charity to Chicago universities such as Northwestern and DePaul.
Health is a sector of their philanthropy that the Lefkofsky’s do not keep confined to local organizations. They donate to the American Brain Tumor Association that is founded by Liz’s mother. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center also receives funds. However, they do give to local health organizations, especially the ones that care for children. They also greatly support cancer research, including but not limited to:
- pancreatic cancer
- lung cancer
They also give contributions to organizations that focus on brain tumors and food allergies.
Eric Lefkofsky continues to generously contribute to the better good of human living through this foundation, as well as on many other levels. He is a co-founder of the company, Tempus, who is currently working to improve cancer research and treatments.