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 crisis for human services' operating support is the No. 1 challenge... The Chicago Community Trust supports a variety of human service providers but allocating additional resources toward them would risk capsizing funding for the arts or for schools."
"ESC did a very good job of making our Board members a vital part of the strategic planning process."