Leadership Giving

Leading the Way to Change.

Who We Are

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s Leadership Givers are changing the story for children and families in greatest need throughout Chicagoland through annual gifts of $1,000 or more to United Way.

These donations are used across the most effective, measurable programs supporting LIVE UNITED 2020, United Way’s community-impact plan focused on investing in the building blocks of self-sufficiency – education, income and health – in more than 50 communities of greatest need across our region.

Leadership Giving Council:
The Leadership Giving Council advances United Way’s work by sharing the impact of our work and increasing the amount of allocatable dollars contributed to the United Way Community Fund.

Council Members:

  • Sue Lopardo, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chair
  • Terry McDougall, BMO Financial Group
  • Laura Creekmur, Nicor
  • Mike McClellan, Northern Trust
  • Tom Schager, Tribune Company
  • Diane Earll, USG


Annual Giving Levels:

Abraham Lincoln: $7,500 – $9,999

Pere Jacques Marquette: $5,000 – $7,499

Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable: $2,500 – $4,999

Jane Addams: $1,500 – $2,499

Daniel H. Burnham: $1,000 – $1,499

Leadership Givers have the opportunity to reach the next level of philanthropy by joining theĀ Tocqueville Society Step Up Program.

Your donation qualifies for charitable tax savings. Consult your tax advisor for details.


  • Invitations to exclusive networking and issue awareness events and volunteer opportunities with other United Way supporters
  • Recognition on United Way’s online Leadership Giving Directory
  • Opportunity to participate in volunteer programs not only making measurable impact in the community, but also take busy workday schedules into consideration
  • Leadership Giving newsletters providing updates on the impact of your investment
  • Opportunity to win great prizes in our Leadership Giving Drawing

A Thank You from Chicago Magazine:
As a thank you for your gift, you receive an annual subscription to Chicago Magazine at no cost to you. Sign-up here.

Get Involved

Upcoming Events:

Please check back for information on 2014-15 events.

For more information about Leadership Giving, please call 312.906.2248 or email leadershipgiving@uw-mc.org.

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