For 25 years WITS has served Chicago Public School 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 nine 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 242 teachers at 73 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 current books for our students and teachers is vital. Every year we send home seven books with each student in our volunteer programs to help them grow their “at-home libraries”. 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 at



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 in general or to our endowment please reach out to Tena Kunik,



Fiscal year 2016. July 1,2015 to June 30, 2016



Anonymous x 2


$25,000 - $49,999

The Family of Joanne Alter



Bank of America

BMO Harris Bank

BP America, Inc.

Diane Graham-Henry

IMC Financial Markets

The John Buck Company Foundation

The Private Bank


$15,000 - $24,999

Chicago White Sox Community Fund

CME Group Community Foundation


D & R Fund

Dorne and Stephen Eastwood

GE Foundation

Jenner & Block

John Martin and Stacey Turner

Morgan Stanley Foundation

Albert Pick, Jr. Fund

The Seabury Foundation

Segall Bryant & Hamill

The Family of Marion Stone


$10,000 - $14,999

Allstate Insurance Company

Samuel Bottum and Melanie Domer

BP Foundation, Inc

Roger and Ginny Carlson

CBOE Holdings, Inc.

The Chicago Community Trust

Illinois Lottery

James Garard, Jr.

Jones Day

Kirkland & Ellis

Robert Lifton and Carol Roslofsky

Laura Shroyer Liss

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald's Corporation

North Park University

PepsiCo Beverages & Foods

Edward T. Tilly

W.P. & H.B. White Foundation


$7,500 - $9,999

Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Phil and Carole Hildebrandt

Stephen and Beverly O'Neil

Carl and Karen Tannenbaum

Whole Foods Market

$5,000 - $7,499


Matthew and Kathryn A'Hearn

Anonymous x2

Associated Bank

Bruce Foundation

Chicago Trading Company

Citadel Foundation


Eimer Stahl, LLP

Paul and Donna Lantero


Marquette Associates, Inc.

Mesirow Financial

Metropolitan Capital Bank & Trust

Pepper Construction Group, LLC

Dona and Sam Scott Foundation

Margaret Siber

Ronald and Kathy Sonenthal

Vienna Beef

Jennifer and Rob Warden


$2,500 - $4,999

Robert and Julie Berlacher

Brian and Kristin Chmiel

Jeremy and Kristin Cole

Jaime and Ben Freeman

Cynthia and Norman Goldring


K&L Gates, LLP

Elliot and Frances Lehman

Elaine and Donald Levinson

Jodi Marcheschi

Judy Nygard

Brenda and Eric Palm

Patzik, Frank and Samotny Foundation

Pond Family Foundation

Lauren and Ross Rocklin

Alice Rooks

Adam Schell

Roger and Susan Stony Family Foundation

Emily and Ryan Stoner

U.S. Bank Foundation

Carol Warshawsky


$1,000 - $2,499

Amy and John Best

Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Bixler

Ross Bricker and Nina Vinick

Steve Brown

CCI, Inc.

Jean and Alan Chapman

Chicago White Party

Grace and Howard Chun

Consolidated Trading

Eric Cook

Dollar General Literacy Foundation

Thomas Driscoll

Howard and Debbie Engle

Carrie Falkenhayn

Arvind and Mamta Gadhiya

Jamie and Linda Garard

Colin Gibson

Penny Gillhaus

Carolyn and Steve Goldhaber

Sherry Harrison

Gary H. Holzman

Jocarno Fund

Loretta and Alan Kaplan

John R. Kelly

Michael and Karen Kesner

Michael Kirsh

Therese Krieger

Schott and Jennifer Lehman

Gayle Malvin

Jennifer Mikulina

Judson and Linda Miner

Scott Mordell

Northfield Community Church

President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama

Oppenheimer Family Foundation

Rihard Pepper

Kathy and Grand Pick Fund

Moira and Mike Pollard

Sapiente Family Foundation

Mark Robbins

Sheli Z. Rosenberg

Kristine and TJ Schaffner

Lexy and Steve Shroyer

Penne Silverman

Amy Silverman

Paul Sons

Byron Spruell

Maureen Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan

Unified Options LLC

Sulzer Family Foundation

Tesoro Foundation, Inc.

Frederick H. Waddell

Sarita Warshawsky

Leslie Weaver

Robert White

Wrightwood Neighbors Conservation Association

Doyoung Yong



Rehana Ahmed

Jonathan Alter

Associates Board of WITS

Stephen Baird

Joyce B. Bottum

David Brod

Wayne Carr

Alan Chapman

John Cole

Karen Cooper

Crowe Horwath Foundation

Tilden Cummings

Robert Delaney

DLA Piper

Thomas Elden

Federico and Alva Flores

John F. Flynn

Sarah Garber

Jill Garling

Mary Gray

Philip Garoon

GE United Way Campaign

Wendi Geffen

Mary Haffenberg

Corey Harrison

M. Hill Hammock

Jennifer Herbert-Beirne

Susan and George Heisler

Sarah Huesing

Daniel Hyslop

Stacy Janiak

Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Sherry John

Candice Johnson

Maynard Kagen

Vickie Kaiser

Michelle Kosmin

Joseph Karaganis

Robert Karp

Jacqueline Krandel

Michael Levin

Paul Levy

Barry J. Lind Revocable Trust

John Lisy

The Lutz Family Charitable Fund

Joe Mannon

Andrew Miller

M.M.A. Moret

Open Society Foundations

Philip Palmer

James Pavela

Marilyn Perlman

Lon Petchenik

Kristina M. Pierce

Dorothy and Larry Pirovano

Phyllis Propp

Sally Pryor

Katherine Scherer

William Schey

Mark Schwartz

Patrick Sheehan

Solot Family Foundation

Robert Stillman

William E. Sullivan

Juleen Ritchie

Jonathan and Michelle Russell

William Von Hoene

Carol Warshauer

Michael H. Wasserman

Joan White

Brian Wrubel

Zella Bar

Donald Zimelis

Richard & Lili Ann Zisook Family Foundation