• Entrepeneur Leaders in Philanthropy
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    • 2018 Big Idea Pitch Party

      March 7, 2018 @ Wire in Berwyn

What's the Big Idea?

Big ideas. Big change. Starting now.

Have you ever said to a friend, neighbor, co-worker or classmate, 
"What this community really needs is … "?
Are you looking for seed funding to launch your idea for community change?

Big Idea online with Laura Maychruk

A giving group established by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy (ELP) will award an annual seed grant of $50,000 from the ELP Fund for a transformative idea. Through a competitive process, the aim is to make our community the best place to live, work and grow.

2017 Big Idea Winner Selected!

Felony Franks & Rescue Foundation wins the $50,000 grant!

 Deno Andrews Pitches




Meet the Big Idea 2017 Finalists:

Contemporary Visual Arts Hub

Develop a constellation of vibrant, intellectual and culturally significant visual art spaces for a large and diverse public through permanent installations and pop-up storefronts.

100% College Ready

Ensure that 100% of OPRF students are college ready by 2020 through mentoring and coaching.

Felony Franks & Rescue

Address criminal recidivism and transform the lives of ex-offenders by providing holistic, customized, workforce-based training coupled with recruitment of companies willing to hire and train.

Lawns To Gardens

Incentivize and encourage hundreds of lawn owners to convert their water intensive, ecologically noncontributing green expanses into toxic-free edible gardens and landscapes


Promote enduring age diversity in Oak Park/River Forest and impact medium-income elders who do not qualify for Medicaid yet cannot afford hourly-based care by providing affordable in-home services.

Join the Entrepreneur Leaders in Philanthropy 

Be one of the 40 business leaders making big change in Oak Park and River Forest! As an early investor in ELP, you will help shape the direction of ELP and provide guidance on the process and grantmaking. To become a member, complete this form, or contact Rhea Yap, Donor & Grants Officer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 708-848-1560 to discuss membership.

Who's Behind the BIG IDEA?

Core Committee


as of December 7, 2017

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