Chicago based entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky takes philanthropy just as seriously as he does his business interests. Lefkofsky supports a variety of charitable organizations including the Institute for Arts in Chicago, Lurie Children Hospital, Museum of Science and Industry, and others.
Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus, a platform the facilitates analysis of cancer data that works to make cancer treatment more personalized. His enterprise has been voted as one of the ten top health tech companies in Chicago. Tempus works with cancer centers around the country to organize the data of cancer patients and make this data immediately available to physicians.
Lefkofsky and his wife Liz founded the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006 and to date, the foundation has championed the cause of more than 50 charitable organizations. Eric and Liz also joined the Giving Pledge in 2013.
The Lefkofksky’s have a passion for giving and a deep desire to leave the world in a better condition than the way they found it. The foundation started by the couple focuses mainly on charitable pursuits in the areas of human rights, education, the arts, and medical research.
The Lefkofksy Family Foundation is dedicated to communities in the Chicago area but the LFF has supported many initiatives in other cities. To achieve its mission the foundation promotes access to quality education with a special emphasis on the middle grades; The promotion of rights for women and girls, and to further the completion of innovating cancer research that will prove beneficial to the medical community.
The Giving Pledge, in which the Lefkofskys are also dedicated, is an organization whose members make the commitment to dedicate half or more of their wealth to charitable pursuits. The Giving Pledge operates in a simple manner as it is an invitation to the wealthiest members of society to use the majority of the wealth they possess for charity in a public way that makes the world a better place.
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