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Chicago Engineers Foundation of the Union League Club

Empowering Chicago's Future Engineers

aka Chicago Engineers Foundation   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.chicagoengineersfoundation.org

Mission

The mission of the Chicago Engineers' Foundation is to encourage and empower young people to become the next generation of engineers through scholarship opportunities, outreach to educational institutions, and promoting interest in engineering careers.

Ruling year info

1965

Executive Director

Debbie Birrell

Main address

65 W Jackson Blvd

Chicago, IL 60604 USA

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EIN

36-6109433

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Chicago Engineers' Foundation (CEF) seeks to empower the next generation of engineers with the tools they need to succeed in college and beyond. CEF encourages young people to learn and ask questions early on about the engineering sector via K-12 outreach initiatives. In addition, the Incentive Award scholarship program provides monetary support as engineering students work diligently through their college courses. Further, the Student Success Initiative provides career development resources to college students to ensure they are building their professional presence and network throughout their college years and as they start their engineering careers.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Incentive Awards for Aspiring Engineers

The Incentive Award program provides scholarship award opportunities for graduating high school students who live or go to high school in the city of Chicago and plan to study engineering in college. The program also provides renewed support to engineering students who continue to qualify for annual awards. CEF may provide up to $6,000 during a student's four-year college career

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

The Student Outreach program matches engineering professionals with schools and community organizations seeking to present STEM concepts to K-12 students. CEF volunteers facilitate presentations about engineering careers and also participate in youth STEM fairs, career fairs, scholarship events and other engineering-related activities for Chicago students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

The Student Success career development program offers Incentive Award recipients opportunities to build their professional presence as they matriculate through their college studies. Programming includes resume evaluations, mock interview sessions, mentoring activities, networking opportunities, corporate tours and more to help Incentive Award recipients achieve their engineering career goals.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Students

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Incentive Awards for Aspiring Engineers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

In 2023, CEF funded more than $100,000 in awards to Chicago high school and college students. Further, CEF set a retention record with more than 95% of college students continuing in the program.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults

Related Program

Incentive Awards for Aspiring Engineers

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Awardees may apply for renewed awards annually over 4 years of study, totaling $6,000. CEF's awardee retention rate continues to climb each year and is at 95%.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Student Outreach

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Annually CEF volunteers visit schools and organizations across Chicago to speak about engineering careers and STEM concepts, now impacting on average at least 1,500 K-12 students each year.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goals of the Chicago Engineers' Foundation (CEF) are to provide support and resources to every aspiring engineering student in Chicago. CEF seeks to be the organization students look to as they work towards a career in engineering. In addition, CEF hopes to continue to grow as a network for students, educators, and engineering professionals.

The strategies CEF is using to achieve our goals include expanding opportunities to reach out to young people interested in engineering concepts. The outreach and scholarship award programs are poised to reach neighborhoods across Chicago, including under-represented neighborhoods and students. Further, we are increasing our volunteer offerings to include more opportunities for those in the engineering field to get involved in the community. In addition, CEF is reaching out to professional associations and interested community groups to identify opportunities for partnership activities.

Chicago Engineers' Foundation embarked on its first 5-year strategic plan in 2017. The initiatives outlined in the plan are directly aligned with the organization's goals and overall mission focus. The first four years of the plan exceeded expectations with many initiatives completed and improved, with more in development for the coming years. The plan had overwhelming support from the organization's leadership and community. In addition, the organization has an enthusiastic and growing volunteer base, and a working Board of Directors dedicated to achieving our goals and ensuring the long-term stability of the Chicago Engineers' Foundation. The organization's second multi-year strategic plan is currently in development and will span from 2024 to 2029.

The first Chicago Engineer's Foundation strategic plan helped the organization grow in many ways. The organization debuted several new initiatives for our Incentive Award recipients including corporate tours, career development workshops and an internship resume exchange. In addition, CEF leaders are actively working with both professional associations and community groups on developing partnership activities aimed at expanding outreach to more young people interested in engineering careers. Further, the CEF student outreach program saw incredible growth, going from 20 visits each year to more than 40 K-12 outreach activities, impacting 1,500 students. A growing base of professionals are volunteering their time to reach out to young people at schools and community events throughout the metropolitan area, with plans in place to continue to expand opportunities to inspire young people about all the engineering sector has to offer.

The organization's programs were fully virtual in 2020 and 2021, turning hybrid in 2022. A mix of virtual opportunities for college and high school students, and in-person activities for students of all ages, have helped Chicago Engineers' Foundation impact even more students from elementary school through college and early career.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Chicago Engineers Foundation of the Union League Club

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Michael Driscoll

Avant

Term: 2023 - 2024

Erik Cempel

Cempel International Consulting

Michael Driscoll

Avant

John Liston

Serra International

Sid Bennett

Brinks Gilson

Patrick Burns

Greer, Burns, & Crain

Sharon Harmsworth

TTX, retired

Deborah Hodges

Golden Square

Michael Lev

TranSystems

Andrew Levenfeld

Levenfeld & Assoc.

Thomas Penn

Community Rep.

P. Kay Whitlock

Christopher B. Burke Engineering

Joseph Avram

Primera Engineers

Courtney Murtaugh

CBM

Tom Szucs

Cargill

Virginia McGann

Value Management Resources

Kevin Banks, Jr.

Chicago Scholars

Uchenna Ngwe

Deloitte

Jennifer Kuether

Kimley-Horn

Brian Goldman

Greeley & Hansen

Martin Owens

CMK Companies

George Thomas

Contemporary Controls

James Treleaven

Via Strategy

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes