The HBS Club of Chicago (HBSCC) Charitable Fund

The mission of the Charitable Fund is to develop and support civic and not-for-profit leaders who make a positive difference in the broader Chicago community.

The fund accomplishes this mission through two strategic planks.

  • Improving leadership and management knowledge among executives of Chicago area not-for-profit organizations by sponsoring local leaders to attend the HBS "Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management" (“SPNM”) course.  A weeklong executive education program on the campus of HBS. 
  • Fostering a constructive dialogue for current and future leaders who make a difference via speaker events and other forums.

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To capture SPNM's reach and impact, the HBSCC Charitable Fund developed two short projects to capture the perspective of organizations that have been helped as well as the smaller, more intimate stories that display just how far The Fund's help and support reaches. 

The first of these two projects highlights the North Lawndale Employment Network, whose mission is to help past offenders adjust to normal life after prison, including finding employment. CLICK HERE to view this project.

The second video is about the world renowned Chicago Children's Choir, which brings children of diverse backgrounds together and unites them with the power of music.  CLICK HERE to view this project.

These two projects were produced by Tommy Grevlos, co-founder of the new multimedia storytelling agency, 

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Four Chicago Non-profit Leaders Awarded Fellowships at Harvard Business School

Chicago, IL - June 1, 2015

The Harvard Business School Club of Chicago and HBSCC Charitable Fund are delighted to name four Chicago-area non-profit executive directors as 2015 Fellows, who have been accepted to the Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Managers program to be held on the school’s Boston campus this summer. The following four leaders were selected following a rigorous application and interview process.

  • Kenneth Burnett, Chief Executive Officer of Christian Community Health Center. CCHC was founded in 1991 to address the lack of health care in the Roseland community on Chicago's Southside. It operates seven sites throughout Chicago, including four community health centers, as well as a mobile health van providing a wide range of primary medical and social services.

  • Steve DeBretto, Executive Director of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago. Since 1967, ICNC has been providing no cost business development, advocacy and consulting services to area companies. It currently hosts 115 small businesses on the northwest side of Chicago, and provides space for the first 5 years of these new companies.

  • Anne Evens, Executive Director of Elevate Energy. EE was formed in 2000, with a mission of organizing neighborhood-specific responses to address brownouts affecting the Chicago area. It operates a large number of programs to bring energy efficiency to scale, including administering the state’s two residential hourly electric pricing programs, and retrofitting single family homes, smaller apartment buildings, houses of worship and daycare centers.

  • Jose Ochoa, Executive Director of Chicago High School for the Arts. ChiArts is a college-preparatory, professional arts training program that encompasses dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts for 600 students. ChiArts offers challenging courses in all subject areas that encourage intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. The school offers 5 hours of academic classes and three hours of arts training per day, starting at 8:00 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m.

Since 2003, the Fund has awarded 36 fellowships to a select group of Chicago’s leading nonprofit executives. The fellowships allow them to attend at no cost the Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Managers (“SPNM”) course held on the School’s campus each July. SPNM is recognized as perhaps the world’s most prominent graduate-level program for nonprofit executive directors. At SPNM, HBS faculty work with 140 nonprofit leaders from around the globe to refine their missions and develop new creative, entrepreneurial strategies for strengthening and growing their organizations.

Faye Sinnott, Fellowship Committee Chair, commented, “The committee received 60 nominations from which this year’s Fellows were selected, and then accepted by the Harvard Business School. Chicago is blessed with so many stellar candidates, we only wish we could send more.”

Michael Walsh, President of the Harvard Business School Club of Chicago, and Bruce Mumford, President of the Fund, were also pleased to announce that the Club has initiated Challenge Grant to help fund the fellowships and keep the program growing. Mr. Walsh added, “We are pleased to see that so many of our local business leaders are stepping up to help strengthen the non-profit sector that is so important to the Chicago community.”

For further information about Roman Nomitch Fellowships, please call the Harvard Business School Club office at 847/256-4846.

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Fellowship Recipients (click on underlined link for further information):

• Jonathan Brereton, Accion Chicago
• Ted Christians, Umoja Student Development Corporation
• Jeff McCarter of Free Spirit Media
• Arloa Sutter of Breakthrough Urban Ministries

• Brian Fabes, Civic Consulting Alliance
• Sandee Kastrul, i.c.stars.
• Justine Nagan, Kartemquin Films

• Juan Rangel, United Neighborhood Organization (UNO)
• Greg White, LEARN Charter School Network
• Josephine Lee, Chicago Children’s Choir
• Donnita Travis, By the Hand Club

• Michelle Morrison, Youth Guidance
• Mike Anderer, San Miguel Schools Chicago
• Josh Anderson, Teach for America, Chicago

• Margaret Frisbie, Friends of the Chicago River
• Juan Salgado, Instituto del Progreso Latino
• Modesto Valle, Center on Halsted 

• Karl L. Androes, Reading in Motion
• Donald J. Dew, Habilitative Systems, Inc.

• Brenda Palms Barber, North Lawndale Employment Network
• Lila Leff, Umoja
• Eric Weinheimer, Cara

• Mark Ishaug, AIDS Foundation of Chicago
• Michael Tiknis, Harris Theater 

• Kim Day, Perspectives Charter Schools
• John White, Teach for America

• Shawn E. Jeffers, Little City Foundation
• Richard L. Jones, Metropolitan Family Services

• Jean Butzen, Lakefront Supportive Housing
• Janet M. Knupp, Chicago Public Education Fund

• Duffie A. Adelson, Merit School of Music
• Ann R. Alvarez, Casa Central

For more information, please contact:
E. Bruce Mumford MBA1980, Email
Melissa Hayes MBA2007, Email