Erick Lefkofsky has made his mark in the entrepreneurial arena from the series of companies he has co-founded. However, in the realm of philanthropy and charity, Mr. Lefkofsky and his wife Liz Lefkofsky has helped establish some of the most effective charitable foundations in Chicago. A successful businessman and entrepreneur, Lefkofsky has helped found as many charities as he has businesses. The co-founder of, Groupon, MediaOcean, Tempus, Lighbank, Echo Global Logistics, and UpTake Eric Lefkofsky understands what it takes to implement plans to achieve a goal and this talent has been applied to the world philanthropy.
The Lefkofsky family technically has been involved in charitable efforts since 1973 when Susan Kramer, Eric’s future mother-in-law established a supportive charity that focused on cancer patient needs. The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) was founded to provide support, specifically for brain cancer patients, providing much-needed support systems. The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) was established in 2001. The AUSL was established to help academically struggling schools gain adequate training to enhance their educational capabilities.
In 2006 Eric and Liz Lefkofsky established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation (LFF). LFF is heavily involved in varies charitable activities focusing on health care, and medical research, education, and cultural related programs. LFF created High School Bound, which is a valuable tool for families trying to navigate the high school admissions process in Chicago. Eric Lefkofsky also established a charitable organization the focuses on equality for all walks of life including minorities, LGBTQ and the disabled called the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLU).
Eric proponent of education, as mentioned has established many educational oriented charities. Teach for America is another educational focused charitable foundation. Teach for America positively impacts 125,000 Chicago students daily, by creating and support various hands-on educational programs geared towards teachers and principals.