Eric Lefkofsky has had an amazing run in the business world. The current CEO of Groupon is responsible for the founding or cofounding of five different successful companies. But it wasn’t always so easy.
In the beginning, he says, money was tight. It was difficult to pay the bills to keep the lights on and he was eating Ramen noodles with his entrepreneurial friends. But now success has found Lefkofsky in a big way. In a recent interview, he was open about money. He says he has too much to spend and focuses on giving much of his fortune away. And he often thinks about a time when he can travel the world once again with his family.
In 2006, Eric founded the Lefkofsky Foundation with his wife. The charitable trust was set up in order to fund organizations that promoted healthcare technology, equal rights and education across the world. His organization has identified and funded more than 50 organizations across the planet.
One of the most interesting aspects of the Lefkofsky Foundation concerns human rights. The charitable trust helps to fund the Center for American Progress which focuses on women’s initiatives. Through a comprehensive program, the Center for American Progress endeavors to keep women’s issues at the center of policy debates. The organization believes that the socio-economic stability of women is incredibly important for society as a whole.
The Center for American Progress ensures that women have autonomous power over their reproductive rights. They work on behalf of women regardless of race, ethnicity, economic status, age or sexual orientation. And its funding from groups like the Lefkofsky Foundation that makes it all possible.
Women’s rights are one of the foundations core principles. The organization is focused on funding charitable endeavors across the planet that push for equal rights for girls and women. Societies tend to prosper when girls and women have equal socioeconomic and educational opportunities.
The Lefkofsky Foundation’s focus on education pertains most to the middle grades. This impressionable age is incredibly important when it comes to education as it shapes a child’s dreams and thusly shapes a child’s future.