Two NorthShore anesthesiologists in operating room.

How NorthShore Foundation Transforms Lives

Our work is powered by giving—and fueled by partners like you.

Since its inception in 1891, NorthShore has had a singular mission: “to preserve and improve human life.” In the generations since, our Foundation has funded programs and research that continue to transform the field of healthcare. These innovations were made possible by the generosity, time and resources of partners and volunteers like you.

Community-based philanthropy has blossomed in recent years, and its impact on NorthShore has been dramatic, raising more than $300 million. Our Foundation works tirelessly to make sure these critical funds go to work immediately to serve our community and transform lives in very real ways.

We are proud of our history. And we’re passionately inspired to build our future: a future with healthier lives, access to quality healthcare and better treatments. The need in our NorthShore community is great—and together with the generosity and investment of partners like you, we’re making sure our community’s future is a healthy one.

We collaborate with our sister foundations, whose hospitals are part of NorthShore:

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation declares that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

About NorthShore Foundation

24

staff members

100%

of your gift supports the program closest to your heart

$18.5 million

raised per year

5,700

donors per year

$1,918,346

raised for research

$663,181

raised to support medically underserved patients last year

1891

year founded

Meet the NorthShore Foundation Team

  • Murray Ancell, Executive Director.

    Murray Ancell

    Executive Director

    224.364.7200

    mancell@northshore.org

    It’s a privilege to be involved in building relationships and facilitating solutions that address health needs and opportunities in our community, and beyond. Philanthropy is often defined as “voluntary acts for the public good”, and I get to see that in action every single day.

  • Kate Beckering, Assistant Vice President, Operations.

    Kate Beckering

    Assistant Vice President, Operations

    224.364.7227

    kbeckering@northshore.org

    It’s inspiring to see—and be a part of—the immediate impact philanthropy can have on patient care and the wellbeing of our community. Your generosity provides ongoing support to make countless innovations possible.

  • Nicole Brennan, Senior Director, Annual Fund.

    Nicole Brennan

    Senior Director, Annual Fund

    224.364.7210

    nbrennan@northshore.org

    You are an incredibly important partner in bringing accessible, top-quality healthcare to everyone in our community. I love hearing from grateful patients about how philanthropy has helped their family heal.

  • Kate Chappell, Director, Planned Giving.

    Kate Chappell

    Director, Planned Giving

    224.364.7211

    kchappell@northshore.org

    I am proud to connect inspired, purposeful philanthropists with opportunities to support our care teams in providing personalized, compassionate healthcare for the patients and families we are privileged to serve.

  • Karen Chelin, Operations Manager.

    Karen Chelin

    Operations Manager

    224.364.7228

    kchelin@northshore.org

    NorthShore has been serving my family for generations, and I want to do all I can to ensure that it continues to do so for many generations to come.

  • Walt Cody, Director, Philanthropy.

    Walt Cody

    Director, Philanthropy

    224.364.7204

    wcody@northshore.org

    It’s immensely gratifying to help donors achieve their philanthropic goals. Gifts to NorthShore improve every patient experience and enhance our ability to realize the full potential of our caregivers. Sustainable philanthropy is the cornerstone of healthy communities.

  • Karen Cone, Director, Data & Donor Services.

    Karen Cone

    Director, Data & Donor Services

    224.364.7222

    kcone@northshore.org

    It’s wonderful to see how innovative research projects, funded by partners like you, impact our patients. From newborns in our Infant Special Care Unit to patients at our Kellogg Cancer Center, so many have benefited in our community—including my own family.

  • Kaitlin Czurylo, Manager, Annual Giving.

    Kaitlin Czurylo

    Manager, Annual Giving

    224.364.7226

    kczurylo@northshore.org

    It is truly amazing to see philanthropy at work every day at NorthShore—from the highest quality care to groundbreaking research to even my own experience as a patient.

  • Kevin Gray, Senior Director, Philanthropy.

    Kevin Gray

    Senior Director, Philanthropy

    224.364.7230

    kgray@northshore.org

    Philanthropy is extremely personal—especially in healthcare, where the level of care and access to services can make a profound difference. We connect donors with areas of need, allowing them to help solve some of today’s biggest healthcare challenges. The incredible impact you have is often greater than you realize!

  • Alana Kumke, Coordinator, Data & Donor Services.

    Alana Kumke

    Coordinator, Data & Donor Services

    224.364.7203

    akumke@northshore.org

    It’s wonderful and motivating to work for an organization that serves the community in so many important healthcare areas—and to ensure that your gifts support the areas that are most significant to you.

  • Kirstin Leiby, Manager, Research.

    Kirstin Leiby

    Manager, Research

    224.364.7224

    kleiby@northshore.org

    Since we are all interdependent, every action is meaningful. NorthShore is a community of individuals who work toward preserving and improving human life. Whether you contribute time or money toward this mission, never underestimate the importance of your gifts.

  • Danielle Maihofer

    Director, Philanthropy

    224.364.7218

    dmaihofer@northshore.org

    I’m proud to make meaningful connections between patients and their physicians at NorthShore. Philanthropy has the power to accelerate research, bring comfort to patients and their families, and build essential health services for the community.

  • Agnieszka Markwalder, Manager, Data & Donor Services.

    Agnieszka Markwalder

    Manager, Data & Donor Services

    224.364.7233

    amarkwalder@northshore.org

    You make our mission possible. Your generosity helps us create initiatives that improve physical and mental wellness in our communities and ensures that those with limited financial resources have access to the care they need.

  • Laurie McMichael, Director, Donor Relations.

    Laurie McMichael

    Director, Donor Relations

    224.364.7208

    lmcmichael@northshore.org

    NorthShore’s clear commitment to the communities we serve is a true inspiration—as are partners like you who support our mission with philanthropic gifts of all sizes and purposes.

  • Janet Myers, Senior Director, Principal Giving.

    Janet Myers

    Senior Director, Principal Giving

    224.364.7212

    jmyers3@northshore.org

    Every donor at NorthShore makes a difference. What’s the power of a single gift? Just one thoughtful donation can propel innovation, speed discovery or provide the spark for a new idea that will change patient care.

  • Monica Neururer, Manager, Associate Board & Events.

    Monica Neururer

    Manager, Associate Board & Events

    224.364.7275

    mneururer@northshore.org

    I am proud to support initiatives that provide a helping hand to those who need it most, when they most need it. Together, we strengthen the health of individual families—as well as our entire community.

  • Michelle Reich, Manager, Annual Giving & Marketing Analytics.

    Michelle Reich

    Manager, Annual Giving & Marketing Analytics

    224.364.7240

    mreich@northshore.org

    It is a pleasure and a privilege to serve our community through our work at the Foundation. Philanthropy is about neighbors coming together to help neighbors to build a healthier community where we can all thrive. Every day I get to witness astounding generosity!

  • Danielle Schultz, Donor Relations Manager.

    Danielle Schultz

    Donor Relations Manager

    224.364.7234

    dschultz@northshore.org

    I count myself lucky to witness the power of giving. Philanthropy positively impacts the lives of our patients and their families through research projects, patient support services and the dedicated team at NorthShore.

  • Kate Seyfarth

    Administrative Assistant

    224.364.7200

    kseyfarth@northshore.org

    Pearl S. Buck once said: “The test of a civilization is in the way that it cares for its helpless members.” Partners like you make so many programs possible at NorthShore—and through philanthropy, we can help people who at the moment are unable to help themselves.

  • Damaris Soto, Coordinator, Data & Donor Services.

    Damaris Soto

    Coordinator, Data & Donor Services

    224.364.7232

    dsoto@northshore.org

    NorthShore Foundation has taught me that, together, we can do so much good—and although we can’t help everyone, we can definitely help someone. Every charitable act makes a huge difference.

  • Therese Steinken

    Senior Manager, Auxiliaries & Events

    224.364.7277

    tsteinken@northshore.org

    The Auxiliary’s impact throughout the NorthShore community is widespread and diverse. From nursing scholarships to research grants to funding for dozens of programs, The Auxiliary’s reach touches us all. I’m proud to assist these community ambassadors and see firsthand the difference they make..

  • Elaine Van Dusen, Manager, MRW Committees and Community Partner Events.

    Elaine Van Dusen

    Manager, MRW Committees & Community Partner Events

    847.926.5003

    evandusen@northshore.org

    It’s a pleasure working with so many in our community on a wide variety of events and fundraising ideas. Our supporters demonstrate that there is no one way to get involved at NorthShore.

  • Brad Watkins, Senior Director, Communications.

    Brad Watkins

    Senior Director, Communications

    224.364.7217

    bwatkins@northshore.org

    I’m amazed by the spirit of people giving back. Whether it’s as simple as a kid raising money with a lemonade stand or a patient who wants to honor their physician, the act of giving back warms the heart.