Lefkofsky’s Philanthropic Efforts in the Chicago Area and Beyond

Cancer Technology, Entrepreneurs, Philanthropy

Eric Lefkofsky began his line of business by selling carpet as a freshman at the University of Michigan. After School of Law, Lefkofsky founded an Internet Company called Starbelly, which specialized in promotional products. His wife Liz Lefkofsky is the director of the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a trust established in 2006 to advance high-impact programs, initiatives and research that enhance the value of human life in the local communities it serves. Aside from giving back to their hometown and various education initiatives, the Lefkoskys have shown to have wide-ranging philanthropic efforts, and they include;


Eric and Liz support many of the educational initiatives focused in the Greater Chicago area. In particular, they support young children while giving charter schools, after school programs for disadvantaged youth as well as scholarship programs. The Lefkofsky’s support organizations on a broader scale seek to develop tools for teachers and administrators whereby one such group is New Leaders as well as Educators for excellence. Moneythink is another innovative program Eric Lefkofsky supports which provides mentors to teach financial education in urban schools.


This is another crucial sector Eric and his wife had made major contributions, and the area of the couple’s philanthropy that isn’t confined to Chicago. Lefkofsky has supported research into treatment and cures for thyroid cancer, lung cancer, and leukemia which is another critical area that appears to be supporting medical centers in and around Chicago, especially those that care for children. As a matter of fact, Eric has donated to a number of organizations that focus on cardiovascular disease, brain tumors, food allergies, the celiac disease just to name but a few.


Human rights are one of four main areas of interest for the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Human Rights Watch, one of the two primary organizations, was given a donation where the Anti-Defamation League appears to have given less than that amount. Planned Parenthood of Illinois, the Illinois Holocaust Museum, and Education Center are some of the organizations that have been listed as local community support and advocacy to support Jewish advocacy groups, pro-choice candidates and a Chicago community for people with developmental disabilities. The known donation amounts to these organizations are generally small, but it’s a great way the Lefkofskys are giving back to their community.


Eric Lefkofsky, the founder of Tempus

Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder and CEO of Tempus, a technology company that has built an operating system to battle cancer. The company is building the world’s largest library of molecular and clinical data as well as an operating system to make that data accessible and useful. The company, through its CEO, says that it’s working with patients with breast, lung, as well as pancreatic cancer and it, expects to add more types of cancer over time. Tempus is helping doctors and healthcare professionals make real-time, personalized as well as data-driven treatment decisions by analyzing a patient’s genetic code in the context of molecular therapies. The company collects as well as analyzes significant amounts of genomic data using statistical analysis along with proprietary algorithms to uncover opportunities to help a patient’s physician in providing more precise as well as personalized medicine.

Lefkofsky has helped the company to move forward through data and artificial intelligence one of the most interesting applications in Tempus. He acknowledges that there are big differences between him and his former co-founder simply because he has a technical skill that has enabled the company to move forward. It’s evident that the leadership of Eric Lefkofsky in the Tempus Company has allowed doctors to enhance a better care plan and treatment for the patient through its data. Lefkofsky and his wife frequently give research causes through Lefkofsky Family Foundation.

To conclude, Lefkofsky has been one of Chicago’s most prominent serial entrepreneurs, having founded a number of companies such as Mediaocean, InnerWorkings, Uptake-a start-up and Echo Global Logistics being led by Lefkofsky’s Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell.

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