How Do You Celebrate Service? How do you manage a key asset?  How do you reward it? A government survey of nearly 3,000 charities that had filed Form 990 with the IRS showed that four out of five of these organizations deploy volunteers, either in service to others or in helping to run the...
  We spoke with James H. Lewis, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer and Director of Research and Evaluation for The Chicago Community Trust, one of the foundations that helped launch ESC in 1978 and remains a loyal supporter of ESC's work.   The Question: "What are the challenges facing...
Making nonprofits successful in today's marketplace is what we do especially well, better than most. How is "success" defined? The answers appear in the words and pictures of ESC clients featured in the latest report from ESC. In 2014, ESC worked with 134 clients in 158 engagements: "Defining...
ESC President & CEO Pam Wilcox has accepted Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger's invitation to join the Illinois Nonprofit Advisory Council. The Council was initiated by former Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and has been re-energized by Comptroller Munger's decision to begin a...
ESC teamed up with the Siragusa Foundation to deliver two interactive workshops for Siragusa Foundation Grantees. The Siragusa Foundation's Grantee Education Sessions, Why Preparation is Key to Successful Leadership Transitions, were successfully presented in June to address the key components...
Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of Chicago's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, thanked ESC for its recent participation in the revamped Creative Chicago EXPO, now called Lake FX. Over 11,000 people participated this year. "Your knowledge, expertise and advice elevated the level...
Bill Cosper, ESC Vice President, Institutional Relations since 2006, left this position to join Donors Forum as Vice President, Development & Communications, effective June 1. We thank him for all he has done over the past eight years and a half years to establish and maintain critical funder...
The Clare Gold Coast Retirement Living Nestled within Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood you will find The Clare, a continuing care retirement community and valued sponsor of ESC's 2015 Celebration of Service. With the motto, "Reinvent Your Retirement", it seems fitting that residents of The Clare...

ESC's Celebration of Service on April 21, drew more than 200 ESC members and guests, corporate and nonprofit leaders and others who care about the work we do in the nonprofit sector. ESC recognized the hours of service and extraordinary efforts of Ellard Pfaelzer, Jean Broom, Marcia Lazar and...

ESC has accepted an engagement with Illinois Joining Forces (IJF), a new central resource for Illinois veterans and their families that was created last August after enabling legislation was signed by former Governor Pat Quinn. This new entity is designed to centralize the "sea of goodwill"...

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