The Sustaining Leaders Fund is an essential group of donors dedicated to supporting High Jump’s mission to equalize educational opportunities in Chicago.


The members of this community are pillars that strengthen High Jump’s ability to provide impactful programming to students who need it most.

For 30 years, High Jump has been providing students with the tools they need to succeed. Students use the skills they learn at High Jump to thrive at their high schools, colleges and workplaces. Sustaining Leaders help High Jump continue to have this incredible lasting impact on future generations of Chicago’s leaders.


If High Jump were to charge for its academic enrichment programming, it would cost $7,500 per student per year. That year is full of unique experiences for a talented child to work with a diverse group of their peers, enrich their learning with 350 hours of advanced classes and grow as leaders in their community.

Join the Sustaining Leaders Fund and receive the following benefits:

  • An invitation to the exclusive Sustaining Leaders Donor Appreciation Luncheon featuring an inspiring voice in the Chicago community
  • Recognition on High Jump’s Spring of Opportunity Benefit invitation and program, as well as the organization’s annual report and website
  • Advanced invitations to High Jump events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year
  • Special Communications from Executive Director Nate Pietrini, including program highlights, progress and plans
Dr Janice Jackson

“Our story is Chicago's story; our success is Chicago's success: it belongs to students, parents, dedicated educators, support staff and principals. We all envision a bright future for our students, one in which every student in every neighborhood has the ability and support to achieve success.”

Dr. Janice Jackson, CEO of Hope Chicago, as guest speaker at the Sustaining Leaders Fund luncheon.

Become a Sustaining Leader.

Your support will sustain our programming for years to come.

Contact Jill Reid, Chief Advancement Officer, at 312-582-7716 or [email protected].

High Jump would like to thank the members of the Sustaining Leaders Fund for providing annual fund unrestricted gifts of over $7,500.

Katie and Chris Barber

Colleen and Andrew Batcheler

Sheryl and Robert Bellick

Carol Bernstein Eckstein and Marty Eckstein

Pamela and Michael Bless

Jacolyn and John Bucksbaum

DD Danforth Burlin and Johannes Burlin

Sally and John Carton

Marc Cerone and Nick Trakas

David Chazen

Sarah and John Cobb

Vince Cozzi

Paula Hannaway Crown and James Crown, Crown Family Philanthropies

Laura and Anthony Davis

Lauren and Michael Erdin

Paula and Tim Friedman

Lara Frohlich and John Bremen

Katie and Brent Gledhill

Arla and Joel Gomberg

The Crown Goodman Family

Sarah and Jonathan Graham

Lisa Gregg and Randy Mitchell

Brian and Christina Greviskes

Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund

Cynthia Heusing and David Kistenbroker

Mariana and Paul Ingersoll

Lena and Andrew Jessen

Bruce and Marcia Johnson-Reid

Lori and Steve Kaufman

Rosalind and Michael L. Keiser

Priscilla and Steven Kersten

Adrienne and Erik King

Karen and Liam Krehbiel

John and Jill Levi

Deneese Walia Levin and Matthew Levin

Anna and Alexander Lurye

Kimberly Lynch

Barbara Malott Kizziah and the Malott Family Foundation

Nicole and Brad Mann

Pete McNerney

Constantine and Liz Mihas

Dara and Ross Milner

James Mitchell

Cindy and Michael O’Connor

Georgy Ann and William Peluchiwski and Houlihan Lokey

Janet and Jon Rauschenberger

Laurie and Scott Rose

Diane Saltoun and Bruce Braun

Natalie Spadaccini Rosenberg and Matt Rosenberg

Jodi Steinberg and the Randhill Park Cemetery Association, Shalom Memorial Park

Sara Stone

Kim and Jim Taylor

Rika Yoshida and Joe Mansueto