Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus, a company that is dedicated to helping doctors more effectively and efficiently treat patients who are suffering from cancer. They have and will continue to accomplish this by collecting data from patients and putting that data into an operating system. Doctors can then access this information, allowing them to create an individualized treatment plan for their patient. In addition to his work at Tempus and various other entrepreneurial ventures, Eric Lefkofsky is an active philanthropist. He supports a number of organizations throughout the Chicago area, including, as a Trustee of the Laurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, The Museum of Science and Industry and World Business Chicago, and The Art Institute of Chicago.
Additionally, Eric Lefkofsky and his wife, Liz, created the Lefkofsky Family Foundation in 2006. The Foundation has the goal to enrich the quality of lives throughout the community, primarily in Chicago. This is achieved in a number of ways. First, they focus on education and ensuring quality education is accessible to all communities. They have implemented a few initiatives to achieve this; for example, they teamed up with the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute, Academy for Urban School Leadership, and the Chicago Public Schools to create the Success Bound program. This program is dedicated to helping individuals experience not only a successful education, but also entire life.
Second, they are determined to advance human rights, specifically for women, girls, and other disadvantaged communities. This is accomplished as they lend their support to a number of organizations who dedicated to human rights; for example, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, Planned Parenthood, and, among others, Urban Warriors. Third, they advocate and take part in medical research. Lefkofsky’s company, Tempus, is dedicated to this cause. But, the Foundations also supports other originations that share this same goal. Last, they have a focus on various cultural initiatives; this is primarily achieved by supporting organizations like the Aspen Art Museum, Chicago Ideas, Millennium Park Foundation, Steppenwolf Theatre, and many others.