Our Donors

We thank the many investors and donors who make our work possible. Because of you, students’ lives are being changed every day! 

When donors invest in Umoja, their support has a direct and immediate impact on our students, teachers, schools, and communities. Umoja is possible because of the generous support of the following foundations and corporations. We invite you to join this group. If we may answer questions or provide additional information about contributing to Umoja, please contact Tessa Zevallos at tzevallos(at)umojacorporation.org.


(Received between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018)

$50,000 or more

Anonymous Family Foundation


The Chicago Community Trust

Cook County Justice Advisory Council

The Crown Family

Klimczak Foundation Education Fund

The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

MB Financial Charitable Foundation

Mcdougal Family Foundation

Paul M. Angell Foundation

Polk Bros. Foundation

Speh Foundation


Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund

Field Foundation of Illinois

Generation All

Michael Reese Health Trust

Steans Family Foundation

Topfer Family Foundation 

WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund


Aon Foundation

Backstop Foundation

Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund


John R. Houlsby Foundation

Kenilworth Union Church


Peoples Gas

The PrivateBank

W.P. & H.B. White Foundation



 Adams Street Partners

Alter Group

DLA Piper

Google, Inc




Monroe Investments

New Frontiers Foundation

S5 Foundation

St. Teresa Of Avila Parish

W.W. Grainger, Inc

Wheatland Tube, LLC



Under $2,500

Anderson & Shah Roofing, Inc

Apogee Services, Inc.

Ariel Investments, LLC

Aspen Skiing Company

Backstop Foundation

Beacon Hill Staffing Group

The Benevity Community Impact Fund

Bi Design LLC

Biale Vineyards

Blommer Chocolate Company

BMO Harris

CH Distillery

Chicago Blackhawks Foundation

Chicago Sky

The Chicago White Sox

City Winery

Corboy & Demetrio

Cunat, Inc.

Evanston Capital Management

Francesca's On Taylor

Garvey's Office Products

Generations Fund

The Geneva Inn

Gertrude B. Nielsen Charitable Trust

Goldman Sachs Gives - Big Dog Fund

Grand Appliance

Gratitude Yoga

Griffo Distillery

Group Benefit Associates

Horton Group

III Forks Steakhouse

The Joffrey Ballet

John Airo Artwork

John G. Shedd Aquarium

Kingsley Inn

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Maplewood Brewing

Medlock Ames Winery

On Point Print & Promo

Prince Charitable Trusts


The Retirement Research Foundation

Robert Okin Foundation

Salon Tullio

Shakespeare Theatre

Stephen & Walker Winery

Vanguard Charitable-The Gabriel Fund

Viszlay Vineyards

Wines For Humanity



(Received between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018)

Unity Circle: $2,500 or more


Pat and Devon Allen

Becky and Steve Betts

Lindsay Chim and Dan Krohm

Priscilla and Cliff Christians

Angela and Darryl Cobb

David and Kirsten Cunningham 

Greg Darnieder

April and Jeff Diehl

Susan and Steve Fortier

Jason Garino

Kate and Marin Gjaja

Mike Graham

Melvin Hargrett Valerie Avery

Joel Hart

Sara Hays

Lara and John D. Heiberger

Jennifer Steans and Jim Kastenholz

Maureen and Collin Kebo

Lila Leff and John Risko

Sharon Lindstrom

Elizabeth and Evan Newton

Ken Okin

Dan O'Neill

James Pajakowski

Jennifer and Todd Paul

Kelly M. Schaefer

Patrick Scott

Leo Smith

Robin Steans

Danny Strauss

Michael Walker and Anne Murdoch

Betsy and Mark Westhoff

Heather and John Williams


Unity Circle: $1,000- $2,499

Tom Andreesen

Shirlee Berman

Donna and John Borden

Jane Boyce and Stephen Fleischmann

Mark Buchanan

Lynn and Jeff Chookaszian

Amy Downey

Bill and Kate Drehkoff

Sarah Duncan and Tom McDougal

Carolyn Eggert

Ben Felt

Sean and Susan Gallagher

Kurt and Sue Gehlbach

Charles Glew

Michael Grant

Jen Bierman and Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin

Joe Grossmann

Shannon and Dominik Hajverov

Kathy Kaporis

Allison Lorber and Edward Siskin

David and Lindsay Lucas-Kamm

Judy and John McCarter

Christina Moore

Carol Mulvihill

Dan O'Keefe

Joe O'Neil

Kris and Bill Osterbur

Nic Pape

Rahul Pasarnikar

Kirby and Ann Roberts

Julius Russell

Rebecca Russo

Sara and Eric Salzman

Nancee and Kenneth Schmetterer

Chirag Shah

Ellen and Jerry Upton

Barbara Von Molnar

Ilana and William Walden

Erik Zaugg



Garvin Ambrose

Jennifer Angone

Jenny Anselmo

William H. Benton

Judith Brantley

Jeff Chookaszian

Jennifer and Mike Ciok

Danielle Coffin

Janet Czerwinski

Marie Devlin

Suzanne and Harry Eschel

Robert Ferguson

Jennifer and Adam Finger

Sheila Finnegan

Katherine Flanagan

Pat Ford

Krista Gallagher

Anita Glencoe

Angela Gordon

Holly Harralson

Marrietta Harrison

Amy Hernandez

Kevin Holl

Jayne Hultman

Karen Egerer and Richard Johnson

David Kelly

Robert Kosar

Michael Lawler

Eleanor and Dave Lipinski

Kimberli Macpherson

Liz McAlphin

Phil and Meg McDonnell

Dori and Kwame Mensah

Alina and Brad Merrill

Shelia and Dave Moser

Monica Mulvihill

Vivian Mumaw

Evan Newton

Wayland Ni

Sheila and Arthur Nielsen

Kevin Noonan

Meagan Novara and Tom Dennis

Rosalie Novara

MaryEllen Palermo

Jeff Raider

Candice Reppell

Amy Riggins

Paula Riggins

Mike Riordan

Lauren Robinson

Nora Salzman

Ken Schmetterer

Janet Summins

Marcus Thymian

Karen Tiemann

Katherine Tossmann

Travis Hernandez and Emily Todd

Christine Villoch

Daniel and Andrea Wald

Evan and Colleen Westerfield

Kim and Linda Williams

Scott Wisniewski

Dave Zydek



Sandy Almeyda

Vincent Anderson

Vicky Arroyo

James Avgeris

Anne Badgley

Stacey and Andrew Badley

Elisabete Baker

Cynthia Battle

Lawrene Berlin

Liz Bieze

Sherrilyn Bivens

Tom Brandt

Star Breit

Marla Brown

Robert Chilver

Marisa Novara and Ted Christians

Anand Christopher

Audrey Cole

Angie Cook

Caryn Curry

Erin Cytrynbaum

Pamela Cytrynbaum

Dana Davenport

Jeremy DeSilva

Arlene DeYoung

Michael Dimitroff

Jen Dixon

Paige and Joe Dooley

Jeff and Mindy Douthit

Alicia and Doug Draeger

DeQuan Drane

William and Mary Droel

Michael Durr

Debbi and Aaron Dworin

Ed'Juan Edwards

Imah Effiong

Ellen and John Eiffert

Mary Erangey

Alicia Falls

Denise Ference

Jayne Finch

Martin Fine

Peter and Joan Flynn

Maureen and Jim Forhan

Velencia Freeman

Jessica Freiburg

Douglas and Marybeth Gaffney

Janet Gallagher

Patrick Gattari

Chris Gentry

Lana and Thomas Geselbracht

Clifton Goins

Elizabeth Goldberg

Emily Goldman

Thomas and Gretchen Golebiewski

Michael Goodman

Gordon, Richard and Vivian Vahlberg

Douglas Graham

Theresa Graham

Alice Grant

Marshall and Delores Grant

Anne Harney

Dan Harrow

Jimmy Harvard

Colleen Harvey

Shawaun Harvey

Holly and Steve Hester

Marvin Hoffman

Christopher Hoover

Tim and Nancy Hoying

Alycia Jenkins

Ryan Jensen

Harry Joseph

Michael Kasdin

Ellen Kennedy

Yvette Kennedy

Maria Kim

Debbie Kobak

Kofi and Akua Mensah

George E. Koll

Marcia and Warren Kunstler

Michael Kurtzon

Judy Leff

Kathy Kirn and David Levinson

Alex Liebowitz

Maralynn G. Lindstrom

Alison Upton Lopez

Erin Louer

Gail and Robert Loveman

Katie MacCarthy

Phoebe Marcus

Greg Spear and Mary Kelly

Adrianne Mazura

Gayle and Matt McCormick

Karen Melchert

Mark Miller

Don Moseley

Sonya Naar

Jenny Nagaoka

Gail Nelson

Marcy Nicholson

Jeanne and Barry Nohalty

Jeanne and Aaron Olson

Daniel O'Neill

Helena Osterbur

Lorraine Pacocha

Julie and Mike Palac

Debra Parker

Tiffany Parker

Rebecca Peplinski

Justin Perun

Matthew and Anna Petersen

Anne Pillion

Paige Ponder

Lindsey and Ziva Rabushka

Andrea and David Rahija

Shari and Stephen Reiches

Carole Resnick

Byrd Rhyne

Laurie Riggin

Kenny Riley

Ann Roberts

Martin Salzman

Katie and Jeremy Schroeder

Dipak Shah

Mona Shah

Raaj Shah

Nelson Sheen

R. Phillip Shinall

Loren Simmons

Kate Sjostrum

Meredith and Andrew Slater

Rick and Holly Smirl

Mark SooHoo

Kelly Sparks

Marianne Stallworth

Heather Steans

Anna and Ethan Sterk

Stephanie Stewart

Jason Strahan

Kimberly Svevo

Julie Swerdlow Albino

Jacare Thomas

Fitsum Tilahun

Flor Torres

Charles Twichell

Ann Vogel

James Walsh

Manervia Walton-Newman

Kelly Yacono

Junko Yokota

Heather Anichini and Brennan Young

Marty Zafran

Josh Zepeda

Christie Zielinski

Jonathan Zimbler

Don and Sandra Zuhn