Our Mission

Provide access to resources and relationships that help people make good life decisions through greater education and wellness. 

OUR vision

Create a culture of giving that inspires the next generation to share their time, talents and gifts with those in need.


Every person carries an ember of potential within them.

Our goal is to brighten the glow of hopeful people and help them to shine in the world.

Founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) private foundation, Skender Foundation believes that all people should have access to resources and relationships that help them make good life decisions. 

We also believe giving should be fun and uniting. Each year in downtown Chicago, we host two prolific fundraising/awareness events that connect business professionals and charitable organizations in seeking positive change.

Equally important, we understand that just donating money isn’t enough. To sustain community education and wellness, we must also invest ourselves – our time, our care, our compassion and our ideas. Only by directly engaging positive change can we create a culture of giving and feel the impact of its rewards.

 
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Leadership

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Cheryl Skender

Chair and President

Cheryl Skender oversees the foundation’s fundraising and community outreach in support of its mission and vision. She is also Vice President of Strategic Relationships at Skender Construction. In addition, she serves as a board member of Friends of Prentice and as a contributing member of CREW Chicago, The Ely Chapter of Lambda Alpha International and Women in Planning + Development.

 

Belinda Moore

associate executive director

Belinda Moore is responsible for developing and implementing the foundation's vision and strategic plan. She oversees the planning and execution of events; program and committee oversight and implementation; coordination of volunteer opportunities; and the approval process for grant applications. She has been part of Skender Foundation since its inception in 2012, most recently serving as Volunteer Chair of the Builders' Board.

 
 

Board of Directors

Andrew MacGregor

Joe Skender

Brian Skender

Justin Brown

Jeff Skender

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Mark Skender

Jerry Ball

 

In association with Skender Construction

Headquartered in Chicago, Skender Construction is widely regarded for its visionary work on office, retail, housing, healthcare, education, community, and research & development projects. Thoughtful, strategic, hands-on leadership has developed the company into a market leader and a strong supporter of the local community throughout its more than 60 years of growth and innovation.

To learn more about Skender Construction, visit www.skender.com

Awards & Accolades

Best Places to Work in Illinois, Daily Herald
 

101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For


Fast 50 Company, Crain’s Chicago Business


Top 400 Contractors, ENR


Largest Privately-Held Firm, Crain’s Chicago Business