Erik Lefkofsky: Chicago Entrepreneur and Community Philanthropist

Chicago based entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky is well known for his business ventures. He is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, a health and technology company that equips physicians with the tools to provide cancer care to patients that is personalized. Eric also is the co-founder of several other companies, including Groupon, Uptake, and Mediaocean. Outside of creating and managing his businesses, Eric also participates in philanthropic activities. In 2006 Eric and his wife Liz established the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, an organization with a primary focus on supporting and advancing initiatives that improve the lives of children living in the Chicago area.

To date, The Lefkofksy Family Foundation has helped to fund the projects of over 50 organizations.In 2017, Eric Lefkofsky made it easier for children in Chicago to access the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, by providing the museum with a grant of an unspecified amount. The grant allows all young people under the age of 18 admission to the museum for free. With a term of 5 years, the money received by the museum will allow for children from all socioeconomic backgrounds to experience all that the museum offers.

Eric, along with his wife also committed to the Giving Pledge in 2013. This pledge encourages those around the globe who are financially affluent to devote more than half of their wealth (either during their lifetime or in their will) to charitable and philanthropic causes. In his pledge letter, Eric states that outside of raising their children their greatest achievement will come in the form of the assistance they are able to provide to the people in need around the world.