Liz Lefkofsky’s Softened Edge

The philanthropist’s understated look quietly pushes boundaries

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Liz Lefkofsky

Liz Lefkofsky is a natural. The full-time philanthropist is as adept at putting together a casually cool evening ensemble as she is at overseeing record-breaking fundraising campaigns (in 2010, she helped bring in $2.8 million for the Museum of Contemporary Art as the cochair of its annual art auction). The Highland Park native—who has an edgy yet effortless style—hasn’t always been a collector of high fashion or had the influence to raise millions (her husband, Eric Lefkofsky, is Groupon’s chairman and cofounder), but her dedication to Chicago’s civic and humanitarian causes began with childhood, when she stuffed envelopes for her mother’s nonprofit, the American Brain Tumor Association. “It’s not about buying nice things for yourself,” she says of what drives her, “it’s about doing something for somebody else.”

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Photograph: Anna Knott



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