In this age of technological advancements, there seems to be a trend among entrepreneurs and successful technology company founders towards being more philanthropic. However these efforts aren’t only being followed by the tech industries leaders like Bill Gates, Elon Musk, or Eric Lefkofsky but also by leaders in other industries like Warren Buffet and David Rockefeller.
The Giving Pledge
The campaign, The Giving Pledge, is dedicated to getting wealthy people around the world to donate a majority of their wealth to philanthropy during their lifetime or upon their death. In Decemeber of 2013, Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky pledged to give away $1.5 billion of their wealth adding their names with over 150 other wealthy philanthropists from around the world. To date, The Giving Pledge has amassed a total pledge amount of around $731.8 billion from over 150 different wealthy philanthropists around the world. Check investor.groupon.com for more related postings.
Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky pledged that amount in 2013, but this is no new area for the couple. In 2006 the couple founded a charitable trust, The Lefkofsky Foundation, which provides support to multiple areas and initiatives across the United States ranging from Health and Education, to Arts and Human Rights. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has helped over 50 organizations in these areas. Based on chicagobusiness.com
The Lefkofsky Family Foundation
The foundation has been involved with a lot of efforts in Chicago particularly but is not limited to working with organizations in that area alone. Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth Lefkofsky founded the charitable trust, The Lefkofsky Family Foundation, in 2006 which focuses on initiatives in the following key areas:
- Access to Quality Education
- Improve Fundamental Human Rights
- Advanced Innovative Medical Research
- Expand Cultural Initiatives
Some of the most recognizable organizations that The Lefkofsky Family Foundation works with are organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Stanford Medicine and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has also helped with the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the Art Institute of Chicago.
For a full list of all the organizations and institutions The Lefkofsky Family Foundation has worked with, you can visit http://www.lefkofskyfoundation.com/