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 2017. July 1,2016 to June 30, 2017



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$25,000 - $49,999 Donors

Bank of America

BMO Harris Bank

CBOE Holdings


IMC Financial Markets

John Buck Company

Morgan Stanley Foundation


$15,000 - $24,999 Donors


Chicago White Sox Charities


D & R Fund

Diane Graham-Henry and Thomas Hall

Jenner & Block

John Martin and Stacey Turner


The Northern Trust

The Seabury Foundation


$10,000 - $14,999 Donors

Jamie Alter

The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois

Samuel Bottum and Melanie Dormer

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Carlson

Citadel Foundation

William J. Clancy Foundation

Crowe Horwath LLP

Sol & Celia Hammerman Foundation

Phil and Carole Hildebrandt

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis

Moelis & Company

North Park University

Northstar Lottery Group

The Pond Family Foundation

Segall Bryant & Hamill

Carl and Karen Tannenbaum

Edward T. Tilly

Carl Thoma

W.P. & H.B. White Foundation


$7,500 - $9,999 Donors

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Northfield Community Church


$5,000 - $7,499 Donors

@ properties


Associated Bank


Amy and John Best

Berry Plastics

C3 Presents

Chicago Trading Company

Jeremy and Kristin Cole

Cushman & Wakefield

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Duchossois Family Foundation

Dorne and Stephen Eastwood



James and Mary Garard, Jr.

Carolyn and Steve Goldhaber

Invesco Powershares

JCCC Foundation

K&L Gates, LLP

Elaine and Donald Levinson

Marquette Associates, Inc.

McDonald's Corporation

Carey and Carrie Mendes

Michael Miselman

Molex, LLC

Stephen and Beverly O'Neil

Pepper Construction Group, LLC


PPM America, Inc.

Lauren and Ross Rocklin

Kristine and TJ Schaffner

Dona and Sam Scott Foundation

Ronald and Kathy Sonenthal

Mark and Christin Spender

Roz Supera

Vienna Beef

Helen and Samuel Zell

Richard and Lili Ann Zisook Family Foundation



$2,500 - $4,999 Donors 

Matthew and Kathryn A'Hearn

Jennifer Alter Warden and Rob Warden

Jonathan Alter

Alex Berger III

Sarah and John Berghorst

Craig Close

Consolidated Trading

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

Lloyd A. Fry Foundation

Jamie and Linda Garard III

Cynthia Goldring

Dylan Hoyer

John Kelly

Clark Koertner

Lamberson Capital LLC

Paul and Donna Lantero

Scott and Jennifer Lehman

Laura and Larry Liss

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Doug McClure

Mesirow Financial

Praveen Mettu

Patzik, Frank & Samotny Foundation

Kathy and Grant Pick Fund

Mark and Dawn Rewey

Alice Rooks

Carol Rosofsky

Carla and David Samuelson

Nicole Schutz

Patrick Sheahan

Lexy Shroyer

Al Spicer

U.S. Bank Foundation

Mary Lisa Vale

John Yoshimura

$1,000 - $2,499 Donors

Harrison Alter


Robert Berlacher

Donn Bichsel

Timothy Bixler

John Buenz

Aileen Caffrey

Jean Chapman

Brian and Kristen Chmiel

Grace and Howard Chun

Theodore and Jane Combs

Expedia, Inc.

First Midwest Bank

Federico Flores and Beth Sagett

FTI Consulting

Arvind Gadhiya

Brian Hickey

Leigh Howe

Sarah Gajek

Edward Garvey

Nancy Golding

Hill Hammock

Nancy Hanson

Marc Hauser

Jan Hirsch

Daniel Hyslop

Brook Jay and Heath Kopp

Christina Johnson

Julia Johnson

Michael Kirsh

Kovler Family Foundation

Brian Kuzniar

Kathy Lee

Legacy Professionals LLP

Terri Lind

The Lutz Family Charitable Fund

Joseph Mannon

Jennifer Mikulina

Michelle and Nick Miller-Fotos

M.M.A Moret

Tom Murphy

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama

The Oppenheimer Family Foundation

NBC Universal

Nick Paldrmic

Sally Pryor

Greg Rief

Sheli and Burton Rosenberg

Monica Sabo

Preeti Shivakumar

Thru Shivakumar

Margaret Siber

Silver Lane Advisors

Todd Smith

Roger & Susan Stone Family Foundation

Emily and Ryan Stoner

Maureen Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan

William Sullivan

Keith Walker

Michael Wasserman

Leslie Weaver and Hilton Weinberg

Jamie Wesner

Kristi Wisdom

Clark Wormer

Kevin Yao



$500 - $999 Donors

 Action Electric Sales, Inc.

Associates Board of WITS

Stephen W. and Susan M. Baird Foundation

Geoffrey Batt

Michelle and George Baumann

Joyce Bottum

Catherine Brehm

Thomas Campion

Teresa Campos

Kent Carlson

Sarah Classen

Linda Cunningham

Robert Delaney

Anne Ditto

Sarah Garber-Armstrong

Eric Gaylord

Charles Goodman

Leonard Goodman

Carlyne Graham

Mary Gray

Michael Huesing

International TEFL Academy

Jill Jacobs-Baar

Jocarno Fund

Lisa Kastigar Zenk

Griffin Kinzie

Michael Levin

Kristin Lewis

Michael & Karyn Lutz Family Foundation

Jill Markowski

Marissa Martin

Andrew Miller

Patricia Miller

Judson and Linda Miner

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Jeremy Netzel

Tania Oshman

Lynn Pearl

Susan Pederson

Dorothy and Larry Pirovano

Neal Price

Phyllis Propp

Nathaniel Roberts

Camille Rudge

Randall and Margaret Ruggaard

Lee Ann Russo

Patrick Ryan

Roseann Saldana

Chris Schweitzer

Karen Shap

Solot and Karp Family Foundation

John Stammen

Robert and Branka Steinbaugh

Robert Stillman

Gail and Joel Tilsner

Phyllis Turner

Virginia Vecchio

Wendy Weiss

Wrightwood Neighbors Conservation Association

Building Communities. Empowering Readers.