Chairmen’s Advisory Council

The Chairmen’s Advisory Council (CAC) was founded in 2007 as a Board Development Committee with the goals of growing the base of support for the Big Shoulders Fund and increasing the connection and involvement of prospective future Big Shoulders Fund Board members. Today, along with the Auxiliary Board of young professionals, it comprises the “Next Generation” of leaders who will guide the Big Shoulders Fund into the future.

Donations from CAC members support the Chairmen’s Emergency Scholarship, which provides tuition assistance for families in crisis.

As the CAC has grown, so too has its impact on schools, students, and the organization itself. With more than 140 members, the CAC is made up of experienced professionals who use their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and professional skills to contribute to the mission of the Big Shoulders Fund.

In addition to attending quarterly business meetings and social/networking events, CAC members have three important responsibilities.


Select a volunteer opportunity that works best with your schedule to get involved with our schools and meet our students. Both school-based and committee level opportunities are available.

Financial Support

Support our schools with an annual contribution and by attending events like the Big Shoulders Fund Ball or Golf Classic. All gifts from CAC members are directed to the Chairmen’s Emergency Scholarship, but you can direct your gift to the program of your choice. Donate today!

Lend a Shoulder Day

The CAC hosts our annual Lend a Shoulder Day, fostering relationships between our schools and the civic community. Members are encouraged to join us and bring their friends and colleagues to introduce individuals to the schools we serve.

If you have any questions, please contact Mandy Hatfield.

Mandy Hatfield
Assistant Director, Next Generation
312.544.8682 ✶