Eric Lefkofsky is an American businessman and philanthropist that is best known as the co-founder of Groupon and Tempest — a Medical Research Foundation that collects vast amounts of molecular and clinical data. He grew up in a Jewish Family in Southfield Michigan and was the son of two parents. He attended Tamarack camps as a youth and later worked as a staff member; then, after graduating from Southfield Lathrup High School in 1987, he attended the University of Michigan. Graduating with honors at the University of Michigan Law School to receive his Juris Doctor in 1993.
Philanthropic Work and Foundations
Eric and his wife Liz formed a chargeable trust in 2006 by the name of the Lefkofsky Foundation. Founded to support not only charitable organizations, but scientific and educational organizations worldwide as well. Since its Inception, the Lefkofsky Foundation has helped and funded more than 50 organizations to date around the world. In 2013 Eric and his wife also joined The Giving Pledge, which is a campaign that encourages wealthy individuals to donate a portion of their wealth to philanthropic causes.
The Lefkofsky Foundation invest in and participates in a significant number of educational activities. Such as After Schools Matter, that provides Chicago high school students quality opportunities for after-school activities, and High School Bound, which is a student-focused website that allows high school students to search for programs offered at Chicago Public Schools.
When it comes to Human Rights, the foundation also supports many other programs that are involved with gun control, Planned Parenthood, and various Human Rights Watch organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union. The Foundation is currently supporting over 20 various human rights organizations in total.
Medical, Arts & culture
In addition to supporting these philanthropic organizations — Eric also supports many other organizations that have to do with medical research and the arts and culture. From cancer research and treatment to Chicago-based art events that inspire and provoke new thoughts and ideas.
So when it comes to philanthropic activities and support in the greater Chicago area — Eric Lefkofsky is one of the better known and most prominent supporters in his community and worldwide.