Annual Giving Circles

Each year, ChiArts raises nearly $3 million to underwrite the arts conservatory programs at our school, which are not funded by Chicago Public Schools (CPS). With the support of our donors, we are able to provide a college-preparatory academic program combined with pre-professional training in the arts — all tuition-free for our diverse students.


Donations from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016
*Indicates gift is part of a multi-year pledge

To view a list of donor benefits associated with the Annual Giving Circles, please click here.

ChiArts deeply regrets any omissions or inaccuracies in this listing. Please send corrections to

Mastery Circle – ($250,000+)
Caerus Foundation Inc.
Efroymson Family Fund*
David Herro and Jay Franke
Jim and Kay Mabie
The Polk Bros. Foundation*
Helen & Sam Zell

Expertise Circle – ($100,000-$249,999)
Alphawood Foundation
Crown Family Philanthropies*
Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust*

Knowledge Circle – ($75,000-$99,999)
Best Portion Foundation*

Immersion Circle ($50,000-$74,999)
Sondra Berman Epstein*
The Negaunee Foundation
State Farm Insurance
The Donna Van Eekeren Foundation

Exploration Circle ($25,000-$49,999)
Roger and Barbara Brown
Kay Bucksbaum
Marge and Lew Collens*
D & R Fund
Dan J. Epstein Family Foundation
Jack and Sandra Guthman*
John Hart and Carol Prins
Walter E. Heller Foundation
Betsy and Arthur Holden*
Mary & John F. Manley
Sylvia Neil and Dan Fischel*
The Owens Foundation*
Burton & Sheli Rosenberg*
Pam and Russ Strobel*

Creation Circle ($10,000-$24,999)
Peter and Lucy Ascoli
BMO Harris Bank
The Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation*
Joo and Stephen Boe*
The Chicago Community Trust
Chicago Title and Trust Company Foundation*
Dr. Scholl Foundation
Howard L. Gottlieb Foundation
Lori Gray Faversham
Mirja and Ted Haffner*
Irving Harris Foundation*
Susan and Richard Kiphart*
Kovler Family Foundation
Eric and Robin Maddix*
The Reva & David Logan Foundation
Lucy R. Minor*
Clare Muñana*
Northern Trust
The Pierce Family Charitable Foundation
J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation
The Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation
Sandra and Earl Rusnak, Jr.*
The Sargent Family Foundation
The Earl and Brenda Shapiro Foundation
Tawani Foundation
Richard and Helen Thomas Family Foundation
William Blair & Co.

Discovery Circle ($5,000-$9,999)
Allstate Insurance Company
Julie & Roger Baskes
Marjorie C. Benton*
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Bruce and Martha Clinton
Creative Schools Fund
Shawn M. Donnelley and Dr. Christopher M. Kelly
The Feitler Family
Joan and Robert Feitler
William and Anne Goldstein
Marilynn and Ronald Grais
Anne C. Haffner
Alan and Lisa Jagiello
The Jayaraman Family
Anne L. Kaplan
Robert Kohl and Clark Pellett
David and Amanda Mabie
The Rhoades Foundation
John G. Searle Family Trust
John A. Shea
The Siragusa Foundation
Neal S. Zucker