Leadership Giving

Leadership Giving

Who We Are

The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s Leadership Giving Circle is helping to change the story for children and families in greatest need throughout greater Chicago through generous gifts of $1,000 or more to United Way.

These donations support the most effective programs and strategies in education, income and health – the building blocks of self-sufficiency and quality of life, in 58 underserved communities in our region.

Thank you for your support and leadership!

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
  • Stan Rosendahl, Fifth Third Bank


Sue Lopardo
Director, Information Services, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare

“My giving helps make LIVING UNITED real by providing funding for community programs that educate, heal and encourage. I give that others can have their chance to succeed.”


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

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

Enjoy Member Benefits:

As a United Way Leadership Giver you will receive:

  • Invitations to exclusive networking and issue awareness events with other United Way supporters
  • Invitations to our intimate CEO Briefings, hosted by United Way’s President & CEO, Wendy DuBoe
  • Opportunities to volunteer and engage in our work
  • Recognition in United Way’s Annual Report
  • Updates on the impact of your investment
  • Opportunities to win great prizes in our annual Leadership Giving Drawing

Take the Next Step
Leadership Givers have the opportunity to reach the next level of philanthropy by enrolling in theĀ Tocqueville Society Step Up Program.
Commit to this four-year program now and be fully acknowledged as members of the Tocqueville Society, United Way’s prominent civic and philanthropic group.

Join the Women’s Leadership Council
The Women’s Leadership Council (WLC) is a group of Leadership Givers who increase their involvement through volunteering, networking and developing professionally together. For more information, please call 312.906.2246 or email wlc@uw-mc.org.

Chicago Magazine
As a thank you for your gift of $1,000 or more, you can receive an annual subscription to Chicago Magazine at no cost to you. Sign-up here.

Get Involved

Upcoming Events:

Please check back for upcoming events!

Engage in Meaningful and Convenient Volunteering
Leadership Givers are invited to participate in volunteer programs that not only make a difference in the community but also take busy workday schedules into consideration.

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

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more…you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

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