Our purpose and responsibility extends beyond our walls and into the community. We actively participate in organizations and movements that are making a difference for the benefit of the common good.
Eric co-chairs Chicago Ideas Week along with founder Brad Keywell and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chicago Ideas is a movement built on one core belief: When a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world. CIW is an annual seven-day celebration of ideas, innovation, and community designed to ignite, inspire, connect, and catalyze our community around great ideas and great people through a series of Talks, Conversations, Labs, and Dinners.chicagoideas.com
The Karma for Cara Foundation is a non-profit founded by 21-year-old Cara Becker and her family while she was being treated for leukemia at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in October of 2012. Cara had always been involved in community service since a young age, and she and her family saw a tremendous need to support other patients who were going through the same challenging treatment. Tragically, Cara passed away in December 2012 from complications from leukemia. The Karma for Cara Foundation has a threefold mission: 1) to promote and support youth engagement and service to others in communities throughout the United States, 2) to work to reduce the suffering of cancer patients and their families, and 3) to recognize and reward individuals and organizations that are having an outsized impact in service to others due to their passion, energy and smarts.karmaforcara.org
Launch Chapel Hill is a start-up accelerator located in Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Twice a year, Launch accepts a new class of high-potential entrepreneurs who are committed to building early-stage businesses into self-sustaining enterprises. Launch provides the support, tools and knowledge to accelerate growth, decrease risks and reduce go-to-market time.launchchapelhill.com
Living Classrooms Foundation strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” Founded in Baltimore in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation has grown into an educational and economic force that combines one of the city's most cherished assets—it’s beautiful and historic harbor— with some of its most overlooked—the thousands of bright, ambitious children and young adults who are struggling to succeed against terrible odds. What began with one program in one city has grown into dozens of programs across a region that now encompasses Washington, DC, Virginia, and Maryland.livingclassrooms.org