To date, Help For Children Chicago has distributed 205 best-in-class and innovative grants totaling over $7 million. The Committee of Hearts, founded in 2002 by Elizabeth Foster of Kilkenny Capital Management LLC, has strong partnerships in the alternative investment industry and, with its ongoing support, has made a demonstrable difference in the lives of children and families throughout the Midwest for almost two decades.   

The Committee of Hearts was enhanced in 2005 by the Committee of Hope, founded by Jennifer Edgcomb of GEM Realty Capital, as a way for rising industry professionals and their peers to contribute to the HFC mission. In joining forces, these two groups have created an even larger contribution to local organizations that are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

The Committee of Hearts holds a popular benefit every May in Chicago.  The Committee of Hope holds several fun and engaging events throughout the year, including a craft beer event in the fall and a trivia event each winter. 

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Sponsors & Benefactors


  • Chicago Committee of Hearts
    • Brian Chapin, Chair, KPMG LLP;
    • Noah Ginsburg, Chair, RSM;
    • Julia Allen, Credit Suisse;
    • Danny Altschul, Baker Tilly;
    • Jeff Blumberg, Faegre Baker Daniels;
    • Brian Dodson, PwC;
    • Christine DeMasi, Advisory Research;
    • Jennifer Edgcomb, GEM Realty Capital, Inc.;
    • Rebecca Emery, Bloomberg, LP;
    • Jennifer Flandina, Deutsche Bank;
    • Ed Haravon, Spot Trading, LLC;
    • Elizabeth Foster, Kilkenny Capital Management;
    • James Jacobson, RiverNorth Capital Management, LLC;
    • Keith Friedman, GCM Grosvenor;
    • Matthew Koenig, Ernst & Young LLP;
    • Basil Godellas, Winston & Strawn;
    • Joshua Leavitt, Zoku Technologies, LLC;
    • Robert Goldbaum, Backstop Solutions Group;
    • Michael Gray, Neal Gerber Eisenberg;
    • Kristin Norton, 50 South Capital;
    • Melinda Kramer, KloudVentures;
    • Wesley Nissen, DLA Piper LLP;
    • Amy Rosenow, Jugl LLC;
    • Ryan Maki, Morgan Stanley;
    • Greg Schwieder, Big Rock LLC;
    • Lindsey Sine, Goldman Sachs & Co. ;
    • David Morris, Fox, Swibel, Levin & Carroll;
    • Liam Smith, CME Group;
    • Erica Nelson, Deloitte;
    • Dan Usalis, Deloitte;
    • Stacy Witcher, Ernst & Young LLP;
    • Benji Wolken, Ernst & Young LLP;
    • Andrew Raby, Drinker Biddle & Reath;
    • Joe Wiggins, PwC;
    • Kristin Wood, Balyasny Asset Management;
    • Lance Zinman, Katten Muchin Rosenman;
  • Chicago Committee of Hope
    • Ashley Hall, Chair, KPMG;
    • Kate MacIntosh, Chair, GCM Grosvenor;
    • Brian Seested, Chair, Ernst & Young;
    • Samantha Buell, SG Americas;
    • Richard Chang, PwC;
    • Laura Cook, Tuscan Ridge Asset Management;
    • Brian Dodson, PwC;
    • Emily Dominski, GEM Realty Capital;
    • Cathy Ficek, SSA & Company;
    • Brad Fleming, Ernst & Young;
    • Lauren Foley, Bloomberg;
    • Rachel Goldrick, Golub Captial;
    • Jenn Head, UBS O'Connor;
    • Tomer Konstantin, Booth School of Business;
    • Curt Lawhorn, DiMeo Schneider;
    • Nada Litwin, Fox, Hefter, Swibel, Levin & Carroll, LLP;
    • Mike MacIntosh, Citadel;
    • Matt McClain, J.P. Morgan;
    • Susan Merrill, Citadel;
    • Stephen Misner, GCM Grosvenor;
    • Patrick Mulkern, Citco;
    • Blake Nielsen, Enfusion Systems;
    • Maren Pederson, Magnetar Capital;
    • Blake Rasing, Deloitte;
    • Nicki Schumacher, KPMG;
    • Bethany Scott, Deloitte;
    • Tomas Sutrinaitis, J.P. Morgan;
    • Chris Wade, PwC;
    • Jeff Wloszek, Northern Trust;
  • Twin Cities Committee of Hearts
      • Amy Anderson, Triple Tree;
      • Colleen Anderson, KPMG;
      • Valbona Bushi, PwC;
      • Maren Lapham, Pine River Capital Management;
      • Joe McCarney, Ernst & Young;
      • Pavol Polacik, Ernst & Young;
      • Peter Thompson;
      • Michelle Tressel, Black River Asset Management;
      • Matthew Westendorf, PwC;
    • Chicago Grants Committee
      • Erica Nelson, Chair, Deloitte;
      • Brain Chapin, KPMG;
      • Brian Dodson, PwC;
      • Christine DeMasi, Advisory Research;
      • Janelle Ibeling, Sidley Austin LLP;
      • Joseph Wiggins, PwC;
      • Kristin Norton, 50 South Capital - Northern Trust;
      • Melinda Kramer, KloudVentures;
      • Rebecca Emery, Bloomberg LP;
      • Robert Goldbaum, Backstop Solutions Group, LLC;

    Safe Families for Children Alliance

    USD $39,250

    Primo Center for Women and Children

    USD $17,500

    Teen Parent Connection

    USD $39,250

    Cabrini Green Legal Aid

    USD $40,000

    Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

    USD $40,000

    Children’s Research Triangle

    USD $20,727

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