Eric Lefkofsky: A Brilliant Mind, A Benevolent Heart
Bill and Sandy Lefkofsky had no way of knowing that while in a Detroit, Michigan hospital on Tuesday, September 2, 1969 their newborn son, Eric Paul Lefkofsky would grow up and change the world. From his early days of selling carpet as a freshman in college to one of his most recent accomplishments of co-founding Tempus, a technology based company that focuses on providing physicians the tools to deliver a more personalized and targeted approach in the treatment options and courses for cancer patients, Eric Lefkofsky is certainly the upper echelon of respectable and reputable philanthropists alive today. His passion for people, like his success in business ventures, abounds and is clearly observed by his many accomplishments and contributions.
The Lefkofsky Family Foundation, a charitable trust formed in 2006 by Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth is an example of Eric’s philanthropic ethos. The key focal points for the Foundation’s grant consideration covers a myriad of topics such as: health care, education, medical research, human rights, as well as art and culture. One of the most heavily targeted areas of recipients of this grant surround art and culture, and are in Lefkofsky’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Significant focus is also placed on education and programs designed specifically to enhance student learning, preparing both student and teacher for the future generations.
However, the charitable arm of Eric Lefkofsky reaches far beyond the borders of Chicago, and exceeds both state and country boundaries with his selfless commitment to helping others. The Giving Pledge is but one example of such. The Giving Pledge is comprised of the world’s wealthiest people who officially pledge to dedicate more than half of their earnings or wealth while they are still alive or in a will to notable charities or causes. The main reason behind The Giving Pledge is to promote and increase the caliber of life for humanity on all fronts.
As the co-founder and CEO of Groupon, along with other successful companies, it is abundantly clear this guy knows how to make money. While that truth is undeniable, the biggest and most meaningful actions of this brilliant billionaire stem from what is in his heart regarding helping others live better. Considering the life, education, success and accomplishments of this man, this superior example of a human being, one thought continually resonates loud and clear: Thank G-d for Eric Lefkofsky.