In 2006, Liz and Eric Lefkofksy founded The Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which is in existence to improve the quality of human life by supporting initiatives and organizations that advance education, human rights, arts and culture, and the medical community. Eric and his wife have stated that they are committed to making education available for everyone and they also want to help to eradicate cancer and other diseases that ruin people’s lives. On top of this, they desire to help grow the arts and culture world not only in their home city of Chicago, but worldwide.
To do this Eric Lefkofsky not only donates money but also his time to the different initiatives and organizations that his foundation supports. Some of the organizations that the foundation helps out include, Young Women’s Leadership Charter School, AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership), Americans for Responsible Solutions, The Representation Project, American Brain Tumor Association, University of Michigan Health System, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Generally speaking, the foundation offers one year grants to organizations, but sometimes it will offer multi-year grants if it deems it necessary to do so.
Eric Lefkofsky is a co-founder of Tempus, which is a tech company that is building an operating system that helps physicians to give their cancer patients the kind of personalized care that might change their lives. He hopes to help revolutionize the way that cancer is dealt with, and it is his passion to help people overcome the disease that has taken so many lives. As a founding partner of Lightbank, Lefkofsky invests in technologies that are disruptive, and he also wrote the book, “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation,” that goes into more detail about how startups can disrupt industries to be successful. To know more about him click here.
Eric Lefkofsky values education, and attended the University of Michigan where he graduated from. After this, he continued his education and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. Not only does he now support many different education initiatives and organizations that support education, but he also is also an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago. He believes that education is important and that it builds a solid foundation for people in their lives.