For more than 25 years WITS has served Chicago Public Schools students through private support from individuals, foundations, and corporations. We rely on this support to ensure that our programming is consistent and reliable at no-cost to our partner schools. There are many ways to invest in building communities and empowering readers.



Direct support of one of our eight programs ensures that we have the necessary professional staff, books, transportation, and supplies to activate 1,500 volunteers and provide professional development and support to more than 200 teachers in 80 schools. An investment in our programs is a direct investment in fostering the love of reading in our students.

If you are interested in supporting our programs please contact Tena Kunik,



Access to quality books for our students and teachers is vital. Every year we send home books with each student in our volunteer programs to help them grow their “at-home libraries”. Additionally, Rochelle Lee Teacher Awardees are given stipends to create classroom libraries that also function as lending libraries for students.

For more information about book campaigns please contact Ellen Werner,



WITS events offer great exposure opportunities for sponsors while providing essential operating support for our programming.

For more information about our events please contact Alex Michel,



Individual donations and planned gifts to our general fund and endowment allow us to invest in program expansion and incubate new ideas.

To discuss making an individual gift to WITS, or to our endowment, please reach out to Tena Kunik,



Fiscal year 2018. July 1,2017 to June 30, 2018



Anonymous x 2


$25,000 - $49,999 Donors

BMO Harris Bank

BP America, Inc.

Cboe Holdings

Children's Care Foundation

Christian Dill

CME Group Community Foundation

Credit Suisse Americas Foundation


Diane Graham-Henry and Thomas Hall

Segall Bryant & Hamill


$15,000 - $24,999 Donors

@ properties

Bank of America

Stephanie Braming

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Carlson

Chicago White Sox Charities


D & R Fund

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

Mr. and Mrs. James Garard Jr.

GTCR Golder Rauner, LLC

Jenner & Block

John Buck Company

Lisa Kastigar

Morgan Stanley Foundation

The Northern Trust

The Simon Family Foundation

W.P. & H.B. White Foundation


$10,000 - $14,999 Donors


Chicago Athletic Association

Chicago Trading Company


Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Crane

Dorne and Stephen Eastwood

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis

Breanne and Brian Littleton

North Park University


Albert Pick, Jr. Fund

PPM America, Inc.

Ronald and Kathy Sonenthal


$7,500 - $9,999 Donors

Associated Bank

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.


Scott and Jennifer Lehman

Stephen and Beverly O'Neil

Lauren and Ross Rocklin

Michelle Russell

William Blair & Company, LLC

Kevin Yao


$5,000 - $7,499 Donors


Artists for Harmony

Geoffrey Batt

Robert Berlacher

Amy Best

Samuel Bottum and Melanie Dormer

Crowe LLP

DLA Piper

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Invesco Powershares


Laura and Larry Liss

John Martin and Stacey Turner

Marquette Associates, Inc.

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald's Corporation

Morningstar, Inc.

Nicor Gas

Pepper Construction Group, LLC

Alicia and Peter Pond

Dona and Sam Scott Foundation

Mark and Christin Spender

Carl and Karen Tannenbaum

Edward Tilly

Vienna Beef

Virgina and Norm Bobins

Jennifer Alter Warden and Rob Warden

William J. Clancy Foundation

$2,500 - $4,999 Donors 

Carl Allegretti

Matthew A'Hearn

Christina Balgeman

Matt Beitzel


Brian and Kristen Chmiel

Mr. and Mrs. Craig Close

Jeremy and Kristin Cole

Geoffrey Euston

Jamie and Linda Garard III

Carolyn and Steve Goldhaber

Cynthia Goldring

Gary Holzman

Alexander Joseph

John Kelly

Michelle Kosmin

Samuel Krengel

Paul Lantero

David Levy

The Lutz Family Charitable Fund

Jill Markowski

Michelle and Nick Miller-Fotos

Jeremy and Danielle Netzel

David Olson

James Owens

Patzik, Frank & Samotny Foundation

Sally Pryor

Burton and Sheli Rosenberg

Kristine and TJ Schaffner

Chris Schweitzer

Jerome and Marion Stone Art Foundation

Emily and Ryan Stoner

$1,000 - $2,499 Donors

Alliant Insurance Services, Inc.

Anonymous x 7

Richard Armbrust


Alexander Bennett

Timothy Bixler

Leslie Bluhm

Mary Jo Boler

Kelly Borneman

Box It Foundation

James Campbell

Campion Charitable Fund

Ryan Carroll

Shevlin Ciral

Christina Collins

Theodore and James Combs

Patricia Cook

Joann DeBates

Pete Bensen

Craig Duchossois

David Dyer

Phil Edison

Neil Fine

Arvind Gadhiya

Wendi Geffen

Jesus Gonzalez

Andrea Grande

Carol Griseto

Joe Higgins

Jan Hirsch

Invest For Kids

Stacy Janiak

Brook Jay and Heath Kopp

Dan Johnson

Kenneth Kalin

Loretta Kaplan

Michael Kirsh


Amy Klein

Alan Koenigsberg

Kovler Family Foundation

Glen Krandel

Brenda Langstraat

Michael Levin

John Lisy

Susan McDowell

Patrick McFarlan

Andrew and Kimberly McLeod

Mesirow Financial

Jennifer Mikulina

Moelis & Company

Lloyd Morgan

Melinda Moyer

David Nance

NBC Universal

Judy Nygard

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama

The Oppenheimer Family Foundation

Heather Paterson

Marilyn Perlman

Kathy and Grant Pick Fund

Dorothy Pirovano

Nancy Plaskett

Mark Rewey

Sheli and Burton Rosenberg

Theresa Rozansky

Randall and Margaret Ruggaard

Kathy Scherer

Robin and Keith Schmidt

Ralph Segall

David Sell

William Schey

Sudarshank Sharma

Edward Sherman

Margaret Siber

Jeffrey and Amy Silverman

Thrupti Shivakumar

Paul Sons

Maureen Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan

Roz Supera

Richard Vance

Virginia Vecchio

Nancy Vincent

Tracy Walsh

Michael Wasserman

Gary Weber

Judy Wise

Doyoung Yong

Lili Ann and Richard Zisook


$500 - $999 Donors

Alex Acker

Anonymous x 2

Associates Board of WITS

At Pluto LTD

Stephen Baird

Michelle Baumann

Amy Berger and Andrew Oshman

Marla Brown

Carla Benigni

Donn and Arian Bichsel

Heather Bollinger

James Boothroyd

Steve and Marla Brown

Charles Bryant

Joyce Bottum

Douglas Buchler

John Buenz

Markus Chwajol

Christopher Corbett

Brian Corcoran

Grace and Howard Chun

Stephanie Curulewski

Robert Delaney

Anne Ditto

Jenifer Doederlein



Joe Donlan

Kristen Doyle

Ryan DuRussel

Gina Ehrlich

Brienne Einstein

Nhu Fabros

Feitler Family Fund

Federico Flores and Beth Sagett

Barbara Franklin

Sarah Garber-Armstrong

Jill Garling

Sydney Golliday

Richard Gray

Timothy Halfmann

Sol & Celia Hammerman Foundation

  1. Hill Hammock

Susan and George Heisler

Margaret Hiestand

Leigh Howe

Scott Hurwitz

Jill Jacobs-Baar

Jocarno Fund

Cher and Sean Keck

Griffin Kinzie

Rob Kirk

Michael Kiss

Leanne Klein

Tena and Michael Kunik

Jacqueline Krandel

Therese Krieger

Louisa Kriesberg Family Foundation

Clark Koertner

Catherine Levitt

Paul Levy

Stephen Libowsky

Terri Lind

Susan Litoff

Paul Lopata

Tiffany Lovell

Karen Lutz

Jennifer Conboy Molony

Robert Moore

Monica Morganstein

Joan Mudd

Laura Norris

Andy O'Hare

Louise Parker

Moira Pollard

Dana Price

Phyllis Propp

Kellie Rice

Barbara Reed

Nathaniel Roberts

Alice Rooks

Mark Rosenberg

Zachary Rosenstock

Kaitlin Rosinski

Camille and Kevin Rudge

Ryan Ruggaard

Lee Ann Russo

Monica Sabo

Carla and David Samuelson

Amy Sanders

Cathy Schneider

Karen Shap

Patrick Sheahan

Lexy Shroyer

Penne Silverman

Asheley Smith

Solot and Karp Family Foundation

Janet Surkin

Craig Thessin and Toni Roberts

Bethany Turke

Murray & Virginia Vale Foundation

Wendy Weiss

Jenna Williams

Elizabeth Wohlleb

Clark Wormer

Margaret Yott

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