We're funding possibility to propel change.

There are more than half a million Chicagoans living in poverty. The time is now to harness our city’s tradition of entrepreneurship and determination to bring the energy and innovation required to reshape this reality. As investors, practitioners, and founders of innovative organizations and ventures, we understand the unique challenges social entrepreneurs face when they move past the start-up phase and look for the funding and support to scale their impact. Our experiences have shaped our approach, which is responsive, customized to the realities of our city, and promotes a long-term position on achieving  change.


Jameelah Adas, Program Associate

Board of Directors

Alex Ross, Chairman
New Coast Foundation

Dan Gibbons
TUR Partners

William Heard
Heard Capital LLC

Jim Herbison
Winston & Strawn, LLP

Lynn Jerath
President and Founder
Citrine Investment Group

Nivine Megahed, PhD
National Louis University

Dick Ross
Electrum Partners

Jeremy Schlee

Suzanne Yoon
Founder and Managing Partner
Kinzie Capital Partners

Advisory Council

Anne Sweeney
New Coast Foundation

Paul Carttar
Senior Advisor, Bridgespan Group; 
Former Director, Social Innovation Fund

Nick Cromydas
Founder & CEO
Hunt Club

Linda Darragh
Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
Northwestern University

Diane Doherty
Executive Director
Illinois Hunger Coalition

Stephanie Dolan
Civic Consulting Alliance

Lynsey Farrell, PhD
Change Leader
Ashoka Foundation

Mary Kay Haben
Former President and Managing Director of North America
Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company



Josh Hale
President & CEO
Big Shoulders Fund

Micere Keels
Professor, Department of Comparative Human Development
University of Chicago

Priya Kumthekar, MD
Assistant Professor Neuro-Oncology
Northwestern University, Chicago 

Jackie Ross
Equal Justice Works Fellow and Attorney
Equip for Equality  

Michael Sabbia
Nestle Skin Health

Jasmina Sisirak, PhD, MPH
Associate Director, Department of Disability and Human Development

Anthony Suarez-Abraham
Professor, Dominican University;
Former Director at Office for Peace and Justice