The theme of Insights on the Horizon was corporate responsibility. Michael O’Grady described Northern Trust’s approach: “Our board and management are essential to ensuring that Northern Trust takes the long-term perspective on corporate philanthropy. We understand that being a good partner is good for business.”
Audrey George, CEO of Horizons for Youth, offered a charitable organization’s perspective: “We work really hard to be sure we’re responsible and good stewards of our corporate partners’ investments. We believe in full transparency and accountability; you can find all our financials online. The most important way we hold ourselves accountable is our results with our students and we have a 99% high school graduation rate and an 84% college persistence rate. That brings us and our partners great pride.”
One attendee remarked, “It was great to see examples of companies partnering in unique ways with Horizons for Youth. I heard some ideas I’d like us to consider for how to use our talents to support nonprofits in Chicago.”
We were excited to see a wide range of businesses represented at Insights on the Horizon and look forward to next year’s event! For more information about Insights on the Horizon, contact Stephenie Lazarus at firstname.lastname@example.org.