How Eric Lefkofsky and His Wife Philanthropically Support Nonprofits
Eric Lefkofsky has built many a company during his career. He is probably best known as a founder of Groupon. His latest company, though, is very important as it is being built to help people survive cancer. This company, Tempus, was co-founded by Eric and has built the largest database of molecular and clinical data in the world. Doctors are able to use the database to individualize the treatment of their cancer patients as they have a real-time, data-driven process of how to best treat each of their patients based on their DNA. This will lead to more people surviving cancer as doctors have access to the most comprehensive data in the world to treat them.
In addition to being an entrepreneur, Eric Lefkofsky is also a philanthropist. He has used the fortune he earned founding and co-founding companies in order to help people throughout the world. Along with his wife, Liz, he created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation. Their foundation is primarily focused on helping children in a large number of ways. Among these is supporting the Academy for Urban School Leadership (often known as AUSL). This organization, helping children in Chicago, is a nonprofit that has built high academic achievement school through developing very effective teachers in the lowest performing schools in this city.
Eric Lefkofsky was born in Chicago and spent his childhood and adult life there. After graduating from high school he attended the University of Michigan. He also picked up a law degree in 1993 by attending the law school at his alma mater, the University of Michigan. He became an entrepreneur at an early age, starting his first company, Brandon Apparel, when he was still a law school student.
Later on in his career Eric started another company called Innerworkings which was a print procurement services business that was focused on mid-sized American companies. This company was able to achieve it’s IPO in 2006 and Eric served on this company’s board until late 2012. Among the several other companies he has been a major part of building is Lightbank which helps to develop new companies in the Chicago region.