Friday, October 13, 2017
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Appetizers and Silent Auction
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner and Program
NEW LOCATION! Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60642
Tickets: Purchase online now $100 per person / $1000 per table (10 persons)
Advance ticket purchase is required.
The Steans Family Foundation concentrates its grant making and programs in North Lawndale, a revitalizing neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. By dedicating time, money, and skills, this small family foundation works in partnership with local residents and institutions to build and enhance the North Lawndale community. The Foundation’s work supports the idea that effective revitalization can occur within the embedded social and economic networks that create and sustain communities.
The Steans Family Foundation (SFF) was founded in 1986 by Harrison & Lois Steans and their three daughters, Heather, Jennifer, and Robin by sponsoring an “I Have a Dream” Project in Chicago. In 1994, the Foundation established an office in downtown Chicago and hired Greg Darnieder as executive director. The Steans’ experience through their work with “I Have a Dream” demonstrated the power of long-term personal relationships to change lives and believe this is also true for community development. The family, which includes three sons-in-law, was interested in using their professional talents in law, education, finance and non-profit management to work holistically and target resources in one community. After researching several options, the family decided to partner with the North Lawndale community, identified because of long-term disinvestment, a high poverty rate and significant community assets.
The Foundation’s work supports the idea that effective revitalization can occur within the embedded social and economic networks that create and sustain communities. Rebirth must occur from within the community and the Foundation’s approach supports this belief. SFF began slowly by building relationships and gathering information before granting dollars toward community initiatives.
The Foundation now grants approximately $3M annually to support community efforts in North Lawndale. The Foundation focuses its grant making in the areas of violence reduction, improved school quality, student and family supports and post-secondary access and completion while continuing to remain flexible to the needs and desires of the community. After working in concert with North Lawndale leaders and residents for more than 20 years, the family still believes this focused approach is demonstrating substantial progress.
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown. Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.
Sponsorships are available at the following levels:
- Marquee Sponsor ($5,000)
- Premier Sponsor ($2,500)
- Major Sponsor ($1,000)
- Contributing Sponsor ($500)
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