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 engagement manager and consultant John Brodson received the Super Senior Award from the North Shore Senior Center on May 23, 2013 in recognition of his outstanding volunteer efforts.
When El Hogar faced several threats, ESC took swift action to stabilize, prioritize and unify Board and staff.