We gratefully recognize all our Corporate Champions! Their multi-year support provides us with reliable resources to address unmet needs in our community and enrich the lives of all residents.

Help us Change People’s Lives – Become a Corporate Champion Today!

Corporate philanthropy matters now more than ever to employees, clients, customers, and shareholders. At a time when communities need support like never before, businesses small and large are being called upon with an expectation to give back.

Donations to the Highland Park Community Foundation provide critical funding for programs and services Highland Park and Highwood residents need to thrive or, sometimes, just to survive.

  • Through our annual grants to nonprofits we address unmet needs in five main categories: education, human services, senior services, services for individuals with disabilities, and the creative and cultural arts.
  • We also step up in times of crisis and when there are emergency needs. Immediately after the July 4th Highland Park Parade Shooting, the HPCF formed a Fund to support people who were physically injured, families of those who were killed, and community members who were otherwise impacted. Just short of 4 months later, we distributed $5.8 million to victims of the mass shooting and organizations helping them. When the Coronavirus outbreak struck, we acted as well. We immediately launched a COVID-19 Emergency Response Appeal and distributed $240,000 in emergency grants to address urgent needs of residents stemming from COVID-19.

By supporting our work, your business will improve the quality of life for Highland Park and Highwood children, teens, families, and seniors. Our community as a whole will benefit as a result.

A partnership and affiliation with HPCF and our grant recipients will provide benefits to your company, such as:

  • Improved brand awareness and reputation
  • Increased employee engagement and productivity
  • Enhanced employee recruitment success
  • A broadened network, and customer loyalty via shared values
  • Tax savings associated with charitable giving

In 2020, Mesirow Financial became our first Corporate Champion at the Platinum level.

Recognizing the extent of the unmet needs in Highland Park and Highwood, Mesirow made a $100,000 5-year commitment to support our efforts to address them.

For more than 80 years, Mesirow’s commitment to our clients and our communities has included investment in the places where we live and work. We are pleased to be partnering with the Highland Park Community Foundation in a long-term investment to support and enrich the lives of those in and around Highland Park and Highwood.

Richard Price, Executive Chairman, Mesirow Financial and long-time Highland Park resident

Mesirow’s generosity will ensure a better quality of life for Highland Park and Highwood residents.
Please join them in providing hope for a better future, bolstering spirits, and changing lives!

Corporate Champion Program Benefits

The Highland Park Community Foundation developed its Corporate Champion Program to create longer-term partnerships with businesses, thereby ensuring we have the resources we need to address the needs of Highland Park and Highwood residents.

Like all good partnerships, we set it up to be mutually beneficial for the participating businesses and our community. For both, some of the benefits are tangible, while others are intangible. For our part, to ensure a return on your investment commensurate with the level of your commitment, we will:

  • Create and send a press release and photos to multiple media and news outlets, announcing your business as a Corporate Champion
    • Locally, this will include the Highland Park Neighbors print magazine, which goes to nearly all Highland Park households and from which we have consistently received excellent coverage
  • Provide on-going exposure for your business on our website and electronic communications
  • Pending print deadlines, include your business as a Corporate Champion in our annual Impact Report that is mailed in April, and other print materials generated during the year that will be sent to approximately 2,000 households and posted online
  • Promote our partnership on our social media pages
  • Recognize your support in our annual event materials and signage. You will also receive:
    • Complimentary Gather for Good event tickets and an invitation for a grant recipient site visit
    • The opportunity to provide a corporate logo item for our Gather for Good event guests
  • For Corporate Champions at the $10,000 annual commitment level and above, promote our Gather for Good event as presented in partnership with your business

Through our efforts, your business will receive:

  • Improved brand awareness and reputation
  • Increased employee engagement and productivity
  • Enhanced employee recruitment success
  • A broadened network, and customer loyalty

Finally, insofar as the Highland Park Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, your business should receive tax savings associated with charitable giving.

Corporate Champion Program Requirements

A five-year pledge commitment of support at one of 4 levels

Annual Commitment
5-Year Total

For More Information, Contact:

Terri Olian,
Executive Director

terri@hpcfil.org 847-433-4100


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