Donor philanthropic

Our work wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our donor community. Our supporters help CCC empower Chicago's youth and engage with our diverse communities.

Get to know some of our donors, sponsors, and partners. We thank them for their support and celebrate their lasting impact.

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Joyce E. Stralow Reichardt

Investing in performing and teaching music means investing in the future.

Joyce E. Stralow Reichardt was a gifted contralto soloist – first with the Northern Illinois University Concert Choir in the 1950s, then professionally with two San Francisco Bay choirs in the 1970s.

It became her dream to extend her love for children and music in order to assist enabling teaching, performing and foundation building for thousands of Chicago children still to be embraced by CCC. In the mid-2000s, together with her husband and daughter, she secured that pledge with The Joyce E. Stralow Reichardt and Kyrsten E. Downing Fund to benefit CCC through our family Trust.

Joyce's own future came to be shaped by Alzheimer's Disease. Now it was important to her that the fund also benefit CCC's mission today, supporting the thousands of children whose futures are currently being shaped through music.

MacArthur Foundation

CCC is recognized with a five-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation’s Culture, Equity and the Arts Program.

This investment in CCC general operations helps build a strong foundation from which our staff, faculty and singers can create a more equitable future strengthened by song. As part of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Chicago Commitment, this support celebrates CCC as part of the city’s network of diverse voices and creative community. CCC is grateful to the MacArthur Foundation for its commitment to creative people, effective institutions and influential networks building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.

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Sekhar Family

Mridu and Chandra Sekhar are a true embodiment of Chicago Children’s Choir’s mission and values.

Their long-term service, engagement, and philanthropy have inspired generations of their own family and countless others to make a difference not just within CCC, but in the community at large.

Now retired, Mridu and Chandra have continued their involvement with CCC through their grandchildren’s participation. The couple attend nearly all performances and even travel internationally to see them perform.

CCC considers Mridu and Chandra its superfans and appreciates their longstanding engagement, including as generous donors to the Raising Voices Campaign. “My husband and I are at a stage in our lives where this is a wonderful legacy to leave to our grandchildren,” Mridu says. “It’s important to help the kids. The way CCC is working with the children is quite inspirational. It’s an institution that is really helping bring communities together.”

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William Blair

CCC embraces Community Partnership with William Blair

Through this unique collaboration, CCC singers benefit from William Blair’s expertise and commitment to local investment, volunteerism and community leadership while we share artistic inspiration and celebrate our collective impact. CCC is honored to be one of William Blair’s 11 global Community Partners, and is grateful to William Blair Managing Director and Client Services Officer Ellen-Blair Chube for her leadership on CCC’s Board of Directors.

Red Jacket Optional 2021

Meet Our RJO 2021 Sponsors

Red Jacket Optional is Chicago Children’s Choir’s largest fundraiser of the year. Our programs bring the opportunity for connection through the highest quality music education to thousands of diverse youth across the city of Chicago. Your investment empowers our students to make a lasting impact both at home and around the globe.

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Lead Philanthropic Partners

Corporate Ensemble

Lead Corporate Partners

$10,000 - $14,999

$5,000 - $9,999

ComEd, an Exelon Company
Hickory Farms
Sidley Austin LLP

$2,500 - $4,999

Alight Solutions
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
PNC Financial Corp.
RBC Wealth Management
Sahara Enterprises, Inc.