Tempus’ CEO, Eric Lefkofsky, is not only a serial entrepreneur, he is a keen philanthropist as well. Using his accelerated disruption theory, which states that any company can fundamentally change an industry by developing a new technology, Lefkofsky amassed a fortune, which he donates to causes that are primarily in his own community. In addition, he wrote a book titled Accelerated Disruption, which explains how other startups can utilize his tactics, which he proved with numerous startups on his own, including Echo Global Logistics, Starbelly, MediaBank, and InnerWorkings, Inc.
As a Chicago resident and an alumnus of the University of Michigan, frequently donates to the school, including a $1.2 million gift to benefit the school’s Health System. Eric Lefkofsky also supports several universities and educational programs in the Greater Chicago region, including DePaul, Northwestern and Moneythink, which encourages financial education for urban students. In addition, the Lefkofsky and his wife enjoy donating to the arts in Chicago. Beneficiaries of their donations include the Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and the Art Institute of Chicago. More on chicagobusiness.com
Partnering with Google, 1871 and the Motorola Mobility Foundation, the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which is Eric and his wife’s preferred method for granting philanthropic donations, created 1871 FEMTech, a program to encourage female entrepreneurs in Chicago tech businesses. With a goal of providing tech venture capital for female-owned start-ups, 1871 FEMTech hopes to furnish female role models for young women considering a STEM major in college. Check linkedin.com to read more postings about Eric.
Through the Family Foundation, Lefkofsky has supported a wide range of deserving Chicago organizations, including the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Medical Missions for Children and the Chicago Botanic Garden. It’s rare to find philanthropists willing to donate to a wide variety of causes without any agenda, however, Eric Lefkofsky has shown that his caring has no bounds.
Head over to http://lefkofskyfoundation.com/about-eric-lefkofsky/ and learn more about him.