Thanks so much to everyone who celebrated with us and to those who sent their well-wishes.  COFI’s 20th Anniversary Event was a great success! We are all excited to see what the next 20 years will bring to the COFI family!


Twenty Years of Parents Leading Change could not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and passion of so many new and long-time parent leaders, donors and staff. We’d like to send a special Thank You to the following individuals and organizations for their generosity in this milestone year.

20th Anniversary Champions, Leaders and Supporters

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Veronica Anderson

Rachel Abramson


Chicago Transom Partners

Communitas Charitable Trust

Lina Cramer and Dick Durning

Institute for Educational Leadership

Salsedo Press

Robert and Marie Weissbourd

20th Anniversary Sponsors

Tracey Abman and Ellen Schumer

Rachel Abramson

Sally Acker

Nilofer Ahsan

Angel’s Restaurant

Henry Bayer and Jackie Kinnaman


Leslie Rebecca Bloom

Cermak Fresh Market

The Cheesecake Factory

Lester and Beverly Davis

Kathleen Devine

The Dungan Group

Nancy Frank Thomas

Sandra Gutierrez

Anne Hallett

Camille J. Jackson

Lettuce Entertain You

Dan A. Lewis

Myrtis Meyer and Marty Cohen

Bobbie and Rodney Magnuson

Laurie Mikva and Jim Pfander

Miner, Barnhill & Galland, P.C.

Carolyn Newberry Schwartz and David Schwartz

Nuevo Leon Restaurant

Sandy and John O’Donnell

Julie Osborne and Tim O’Hagan

Parent Voices

Kate Peyton and Bob Hudek

Beth Richie

Roeser’s Bakery

Ken Rolling and Rochelle Davis

Hank Saunders and Richard Day

David and Michelle Schumer

Nancy Shier

Isabel Tellez

Teamwork Englewood

UIC Center for Literacy

Claudia Vlisides CPA, LLC


The generous grant makers and partners who currently support COFI

Annenberg PASSAGES

Boeing Foundation

Chicago Foundation for Women

Communities for Just Schools Fund

CTU Foundation

Deaconess Foundation

Dignity in Schools Campaign

Family Focus

Get IN Chicago

Grand Victoria Foundation

Illinois Asset Building Group

W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Family Engagement Initiative

McCormick Foundation

Albert Pick, Jr. Foundation

Right on Justice Initiative

U.S. Bank

Wieboldt Foundation

Woods Fund of Chicago

The new funders that are supporting COFI and eleven other parent leadership initiatives from across the country to collaboratively build a national parent action network.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Hagedorn Foundation

Peppercorm Foundation

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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