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.


Board of Directors

Alex Ross, Chairman
Co-Founder, New Coast Foundation

William Bax
Former Managing Partner, PwC

Nick Cromydas
Co-Founder, New Coast Ventures & Hunt Club

Dan Gibbons
Vice President, TUR Partners

William Heard
CEO / CIO, Heard Capital LLC

Jim Herbison
Partner, Winston & Strawn, LLP

Kathleen Lanctot
Civic Leader

Dick Ross
Founder, Electrum Partners

Jeremy Schlee
Partner, PwC

Advisory Council

Anne Sweeney
Co-Founder, New Coast Foundation

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

Linda Darragh
Director, Kellogg Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative at Northwestern University

Diane Doherty
Executive Director, Illinois Hunger Coalition

Stephanie Dolan
Associate Principal, 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 at University of Chicago

Nivine Megahed, PhD
President, National Louis University

Jackie Ross
Equal Justice Works Fellow and Attorney, Equip for Equality  

Michael Sabbia
Global Brand Manager, Walgreens Boots Alliance

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

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