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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ESC's signature event of the year, Celebration of Service, drew more than 200 together for lunch at Chicago's elegant and venerable Standard Club during National Volunteer Week. The audience for this event, primarily ESC volunteers, friends, clients and corporate guests, donated more than $65,000 in support of ESC's work in the nonprofit community.
TMA was looking to sustain its growth and find new areas to build on its current offering.