ESC was founded in 1978 by a group of civic-minded Chicago corporate leaders who wanted opportunities for themselves and their peers to "give back" to the community. Growing out of the Chicago Community Trust's Life Options Program and with support from Chicago United and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, these founders recognized that by engaging their vast knowledge, skills and experience they could strengthen nonprofits. As a result nonprofits would be better equipped to serve the people and communities of metropolitan Chicago.
ESC enhances the overall impact of Chicago area nonprofits through professional, affordable consulting services enabling them to better meet the needs of those they serve.
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The 2014 ESC Annual Appeal is making great progress! We are working to raise $95,000 by December 20, 2014, to help ESC continue to reach and help as many nonprofits as possible in 2015. Donations totaling $57,425 have already been contributed, which is more than halfway to our goal! New gifts and donations made that are more than the amount given in 2013 will be matched dollar-to-dollar by an anonymous ESC member, up to $20,000.
Technology and Manufacturing Association was looking to sustain its growth and find new areas to build on its current offering.