Partnership

With the help of its dedicated volunteers, donors, and partners, Ladder Up is able to deliver critical financial services to more than 20,000 clients each year. Ladder Up’s partnerships with more than 300 businesses, universities, government agencies, schools, and community organizations provide financial support, as well as volunteer recruitment, client outreach, and program implementation assistance.

Ladder Up’s diverse partnerships include:

Volunteer Partners

By developing and deploying one of the Midwest’s largest and strongest volunteer workforces, Ladder Up is able to serve thousands of clients across the Chicago area each year. Ladder Up proudly partners with more than 40 top-tier Chicago companies and universities from which it recruits the majority of its 900+ volunteers to provide free, high-quality financial services. Ladder Up’s volunteers hail from various sectors, including accounting, audit, banking, consulting, financial services and law, and they represent the best and brightest of the corporate workforce. Recruitment engages employees from all departments, practices, and levels of management. Nearly all Ladder Up volunteers are college-educated and many have advanced degrees or certifications (e.g. MBA, CPA, JD).

Ladder Up thanks its 2019-20 volunteer partners for making the Tax Assistance Program possible:

  • ALPFA
  • Aon Corporation
  • Associated Bank
  • Bain & Company
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Bank of America
  • BDO
  • BKD LLP
  • Byline Bank
  • Cabot Microelectronics
  • Capital One
  • Chicago Finance Exchange
  • CIBC
  • CNA Insurance
  • Crowe LLP
  • Deloitte
  • DePaul University
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Exelon
  • EY
  • First Bank of Highland Park
  • Grant Thornton
  • Harper College
  • Huron
  • Hyatt
  • Ingredion
  • Jones Day
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Kirkland & Ellis
  • KPMG
  • Loyola University
  • Marsh
  • Mayer Brown
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Morningstar
  • National Futures Association
  • NEIU
  • North Central College
  • Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Old Second Bank
  • PwC
  • Saint Xavier University
  • Sargent & Lundy
  • TEI
  • UChicago
  • UIC
  • United
  • Walgreens
  • ZS Associates

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please use the Contact Us page and select “Tax Volunteering” from the dropdown menu.

TAP Partners

If you are interested in partnering with TAP, please use the Contact Us page and select “Partnership” from the dropdown menu

TAP Community Partners

Ladder Up thanks its 2019-20 TAP community partners:

  • Auburn Gresham – Chicago Public Library – Thurgood Marshal
  • Aurora – Waubonsee Community College
  • Austin – Chicago Public Library – Austin
  • Brighton Park – Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Bronzeville – Chicago Public Library – Chicago Bee
  • Cicero – Unity Junior High School
  • Dunning – Wilbur Wright College
  • Elgin – Judson University
  • Englewood – Kennedy-King College
  • Evanston – Evanston Public Library
  • Hermosa – WIC Food Center – Diversey
  • Humboldt Park – Chicago Public Library – Richard M. Daley
  • Little Village – WIC Food Center – Kedzie
  • Logan Square – WIC Food Center – Armitage
  • Loop – Harold Washington Library
  • Melrose Park – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – Casa Esperanza
  • North Lawndale – UCAN
  • Pilsen – Benito Juarez Community Academy
  • Plainfield – Plainfield Township Community Center
  • Pullman- Olive-Harvey College
  • Southland – Bloom Township
  • Springfield – Family Service Center
  • Uptown – Harry S. Truman College
  • Waukegan – Catholic Charities

Financial Capability Partners

If you are interested in partnering with the Financial Capability Program, please use the Contact Us page and select “Partnership” from the dropdown menu.

FY19-20 Financial Aid Program Partners:

  • Ace Technical High School
  • Air Force Academy High School
  • Al Raby School for Community and Environment
  • Amundsen High School
  • Bogan High School
  • Bowen High School
  • Brooks College Preparatory Academy
  • Carver Military Academy
  • Chicago Academy
  • Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences
  • Chicago International Charter School – Longwood
  • Chicago Military Academy High School
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago Vocational Career Academy
  • City Colleges of Chicago – Richard Daley College
  • City Colleges of Chicago – Kennedy-King College
  • City Colleges of Chicago – Olive-Harvey College
  • Collins Academy High School
  • Corliss High School
  • Curie Metropolitan High School
  • DeVry University Advantage Academy High School
  • Embarc
  • Farragut Career Academy
  • Foreman High School
  • Gage Park High School
  • Goode STEM Academy
  • Hancock College Preparatory
  • Harlan Community Academy
  • Hillcrest High School
  • IIT – Math & Science
  • Jones College Preparatory
  • Julian High School
  • Kelvyn Park High School
  • Kennedy High School
  • Kenwood Academy
  • King Junior College Preparatory High School
  • Lake View High School
  • Lane Technical High School
  • Legal Prep Academy
  • Lincoln Park High School
  • Lindblom Math & Science Academy
  • Little Village Lawndale High School – Social Justice
  • Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy-Roseland
  • Marshall Metropolitan High School
  • Marwen
  • Mather High School
  • Noble Street Charter School – Gary Comer College Prep
  • Noble Street Charter School – Golder College Prep
  • Noble Street Charter School – Johnson College Prep
  • Noble Street Charter School – Pritzker College Prep
  • Noble Street Charter School – Rowe Clark Math & Science Academy
  • North Lawndale College Prep – Collins
  • Northside College Prep High School
  • Ogden International High School
  • Orr Academy High School
  • Pathways in Education – Illinois: Avondale Campus
  • Payton College Preparatory
  • Perspectives Charter School – Joslin
  • Perspectives Charter School – Leadership Academy
  • Phillips Academy High School
  • Phoenix Military Academy
  • Pilsen Community Academy
  • Rickover Naval Academy
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Schurz High School
  • Senn High School
  • Solorio Academy High School
  • Sullivan High School
  • Taft High School
  • TEAM Englewood Academy
  • Tilden Career Community Academy High School
  • UNO Charter School – Major Hector P. Garcia High School
  • Uplift Community High School
  • Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center
  • Wells Community Academy
  • World Language Academy
  • Young Magnet
  • Youth Connection Leadership Academy
  • Youth Guidance

FY19-20 Financial Education Partners

  • Back of the Yards High School
  • Better Tomorrows
  • BeWell: Dolton
  • BeWell: Evanston
  • CEDA Chicago Heights
  • CEDA Cicero
  • CEDA Evanston
  • CEDA Summit
  • Chicago Housing Authority
  • Chicago Lighthouse
  • Chicago Police Department
  • Chicago Public Library – Harold Washington Library
  • Chicago Scholars
  • Christian Health Center
  • Community Builders
  • David G Farragut Career Academy
  • Ezza Nails
  • Field Museum
  • Foundations College Prep
  • Friends of the Forest Preserves
  • George M Pullman Educational Foundation
  • ITW David Speer Academy
  • National Health Corp
  • The Academy Group
  • The Habitat Company

Current Donors

Generous financial support from sponsors enables Ladder Up deliver financial relief to hardworking families and students each year. From Ladder Up and the thousands of clients it serves annually, thank you.

Founder’s Circle ($250,000+)

  • City of Chicago

 Chairman’s Circle ($50,000 – $249,999)

  • Internal Revenue Service
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Illinois Department of Human Services

 Director’s Circle ($20,000 – $49,999)

  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Bank of America
  • Associated Bank
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Platinum Circle ($10,000 – $19,999)

  • Sundberg America
  • CIBC
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Deloitte LLP
  • Discover Financial Services
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • KPMG LLP
  • Mayer Brown
  • Baker McKenzie
  • CME Group Community Foundation
  • Alverin M. Cornell Foundation
  • Exelon
  • Carl R. Hendrickson Family Foundation
  • PwC
  • Thomas & Maryellen Scott
  • The Seabury Foundation
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • US Bank

Gold Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)

  • United Airlines
  • Jones Day
  • Northern Trust
  • Linda McGuire
  • Ingredion
  • Ernst & Young
  • Adtalem Global Education
  • A.G. Cox Charity Trust
  • Alliant Credit Union
  • Cabot Microelectronics
  • Huron Consulting Group
  • Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Walgreens
  • William and Barbara Welke Charitable Fund

Silver Circle ($1,000 – $4,999)

  • Anonymous
  • Cook County CDBG
  • Beth Mueller
  • Reed Smith
  • Robert Burke
  • Wendy Hambleton
  • Markel Corporation
  • New Frontiers Foundation
  • The Claro Group
  • Comer Science & Education Foundation
  • Emme Family Foundation
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • First Bank of Highland Park
  • Mann Family Fund
  • MB Financial
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Sidley Austin
  • UL LLC
  • United Parcel Service
  • Brian Lucas
  • John & Kathleen Gremer
  • Andre Nguyen
  • Deidra Bourne
  • BKD LLP
  • Kenneth Esch
  • Stauber Family Foundation
  • Steve Kelliher
  • David Barclay & Bobbi Bierhals
  • PepsiCo Foundation
  • Matthew McGrath
  • Bradley Ader
  • Carl Allegretti
  • Judy Andringa
  • BDO
  • Max Ferencz
  • Kristin Hahn
  • Tim & Maureen Hunter
  • Timothy Koch
  • Steve Latreille
  • Sophie Mackey
  • John W. Madigan
  • James McLaughlin
  • Morningstar
  • Ann Murphy
  • Alan Nesburg
  • Sebastian Seith
  • Patrick Shanahan
  • Gregory Teegen