First Annual Chicago Benefit Lunch

Thank you to the over 500 people who joined us on Friday, May 4 for the Facing History Chicago Benefit Lunch!

Over the course of the afternoon we celebrated Facing History’s historic partnership with Chicago Public Schools, enjoyed a conversation between featured speakers Nikole Hannah-Jones and Alex Kotlowitz, and heard inspiring testimony about Facing History’s impact from students and educators.

As Facing History student and High School senior, Annays, remarked,

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is that all of us can be upstanders.”

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to raise over $585,000 in support of our work in Chicago and around the world. If you haven’t have a chance to make a gift, it’s not too late! Your support makes it possible for us to reach over 570,000 students in the Chicago area every year.

Make your donation now!

When & Where

Stay tuned for information on the 2019 Chicago Benefit Lunch!

About GCM Grosvenor

GCM Grosvenor is a global alternative asset management firm with approximately $50 billion AUM in hedge fund strategies, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and multi-asset class solutions. They are one of the largest, most diversified independent alternative asset management firms worldwide.

They have offered alternative investment solutions since 1971. Headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul, they serve a global client base of institutional and high net worth investors.

Giving back to the communities in which they live and work is one of GCM Grosvenor’s core values. They encourage their employees to become involved and lend their support to programs that positively impact the quality of life in their neighborhoods and cities. Since 2007, GCM Grosvenor has partnered with Facing History, helping us work towards a world driven by knowledge and compassion, not prejudice or bigotry. Whether it is through providing Chicago-area civic and charitable organizations with financial support, employee volunteers, board members or mentors, GCM Grosvenor’s goal is the same – to make a difference.

Featured Speakers

Nikole Hannah-Jones
Award Winning Investigative Journalist

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity. She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

Alex Kotlowitz
Best Selling Author & Award Winning Journalist

Bestselling author Alex Kotlowitz is recognized for his unflinching portrayal of race and poverty in America. For over 25 years, Kotlowitz has brought his trademark empathy and on-the-ground reporting to many forms of media—print and radio journalism, documentary film, and books, including the nonfiction classics There Are No Children Here and The Other Side of the River. A former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, Kotlowitz is a regular contributor to This American Life, The New York Times Magazine, and The New Yorker.

Our Work in Chicago

In Chicago, demand from teachers, administrators, and districts for Facing History's professional development is growing at a rapid pace. Adding to our work across the region, we are poised to begin a deeper partnership with the Chicago Public Schools - bringing Facing History's rich curricula to every middle and high school in the district. Facing History's ever-expanding teacher network in the greater Chicago region allows us to reach more than 570,000 middle and high school students in public, independent, charter and religious schools each year. Every day, Facing History provides teachers with the tools they need to empower students to become engaged, informed, and active citizens of tomorrow.

Learn more about our impact on the Chicago Page.


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2018 Chicago Benefit Lunch.

Gold Benefactor

Silver Benefactors

Bronze Benefactors

Patron Sponsors

BakerHostetler  |  Colliers International  |  Oak Residential Partners  |  Spencer Stuart


Facing History and Ourselves extends special thanks to the corporations that provide leadership support to our programs in the Chicago Area and worldwide.

Chicago Advisory Board

John Brooklier, Chair*

Eric Adelstein
Aaron Bianco
Gene Bindler
Ellen B. Carmell
Steve Cohen
Linda Burns Coleman
Nick Colvin
Theresa Cothern
Jill Garling
Karen G. Harrison
Roxanne Hori
Francis Idehen
Amy Kaplan
Christopher D. Lueking
Paul Meister
Richard Melcher
Peter J. Miller
Linda K. Miner
Jo Ann Nathan
Stuart Nathan
Joanne Nemerovski
Bonnie Oberman
Kathy Richland Pick
Michael Pucker
Michael J. Sacks
Peggy Salamon
Carole Segal
Gordon Segal
Stacy Sharpe
Monica Swope
Trish Tullman
Dr. Manika Turnbull
Tom Wippman
Judy Wise

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Molly Matthias at [email protected] or at 312-345-3221.

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