Education is key to socioeconomic mobility in a modern world where intelligence has never been in higher demand. High IQ individuals just 500 years ago were merely pushing plows to grow food in order to stay alive. Today, intelligence drives the economy. Tech companies are booming and overflowing with highly educated employees. Simply put — you will economically struggle without an education.
Eric Lefkofsky, the current CEO of Groupon, knows this all too well. As the founder of five companies, he has a unique perspective on the educational demands of today’s workforce. The philanthropist has partnered with his wife to create the Lefkofsky Foundation which funds many charitable organizations focused on education.
The charitable trust that runs the Lefkofsky Foundation was set up back in 2006. It was set up after Eric was able to make a lot of money in the business world. But he said it wasn’t always easy. In the beginning, he worried about keeping the lights on and putting food on the table. Now he has so much money that he’s focused on improving the quality of life for others.
The foundation helps to fund charitable organizations around the world that focus on health, education and human rights. The education side of the charitable organization focuses on the middle grades. The Lefkofsky family believes that this impressionable time is an incredibly important chapter in a person’s life. That’s why they have helped to fund High School Bound.
High School Bound reaches out to the Chicago area. It allows prospective students to research all of the Chicago-area Public Schools in order to make an informed decision about attending. All of the information about the schools is consolidated onto one website to make research easier for students in the area. The information is made accessible, comprehensive yet concise, accurate and easy to understand. This helps families in one of America’s largest cities.
Socioeconomic barriers often prohibit intelligent children from matriculating through school. This keeps some of our most intelligent citizens from rising to the top. Charitable organizations such as High School Bound help to eliminate these barriers in order to create a more intelligent workforce.