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Generous support from Chicago’s top civic, corporate, and philanthropic leaders makes it possible for the Chicago Council to educate the public about critical global issues and to influence important policy debates.


President's Club

President's Club Levels

President's Club ($1,000+)
President's Club Silver ($2,500+)
President's Club Gold ($5,000+)
 

President's Club Core Benefits

  • Complimentary admission for you and guests, space permitting, when attending public programs at Council’s Conference Center
  • Access to events planned exclusively for President’s Club members, including briefings on the Council's research
  • Inclusion in a network of more than 600 globally-minded donors
  • Invitation to join the Young Professionals Network
  • Reduced member-rate for breakfasts and lunches
  • Discounts on subscriptions to Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, World Political Review, and Financial Times
  • Invitation to members-only programs and member mixers to network with other Council members and leaders

President’s Club

$1,000+

  • Opportunities to join off-the-record dinners with speakers and other members
  • Reserved seating section with fellow leadership members at public programs
  • Expedited check-in and reserved seating at large-scale events; and reserved section at lunches
  • Annual reception with Council President, Ivo Daalder on the state of the Council
  • Early registration to the Global Leadership Awards Dinner
  • Discount on registration to Chicago Forum on Global Cities and Global Food Security Symposium
  • Council lapel pin and bag

President’s Club Silver

$2,500+​

  • Invitations to private dinners with Council speakers following public programs
  • Invitation to the annual Consular Corps reception with Consuls General from more than 80 countries
  • “Deep dive” emails from a Council fellow
  • Benefits of President’s Club donors, as listed above

President’s Club Gold

$5,000+​

  • Conference calls with Council senior fellows
  • Behind the scenes studio tour and exclusive breakfast with Council’s media experts
  • Benefits of President’s Club Silver donors, as listed above

Questions? Contact Victoria Gajc, membership services officer at vgajc@thechicagocouncil.org or +1 312-821-7540.

Major Gifts

Major Gifts

Directors' Circle ($10,000+)
Ambassador's Circle ($15,000+)
Chairman's Circle ($25,000+)
Founders' Circle ($50,000+)

All major gift donors enjoy the following core benefits:      

  • Complimentary admission for you and guests, space permitting, when attending public programs at Council’s Conference Center
  • Access to events planned exclusively for President’s Club members, including briefings on the Council's research
  • Inclusion in a network of more than 600 globally-minded donors
  • Invitation to join the Young Professionals Network
  • Reduced member-rate for breakfasts and lunches
  • Discounts on subscriptions to Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, World Political Review, and Financial Times
  • Invitation to Members’ Only programs and Member Mixers to network with other Council members and leaders

 

Directors' Circle

$10,000+

  • Core benefits for two individuals in the same household
  • Invitations to join private roundtable discussions with Council Fellows, policy analysts, and government officials that examine relevant geopolitical trends around the world      
  • Ongoing networking opportunities to meet speakers, Council Fellows, and major donors at this level and above at private receptions and dinners
  • Recognition in the Council’s annual donor listing
  • Benefits of President’s Club Gold donors

Ambassador's Circle

$15,000+

  • Customized engagement opportunities related to your expertise and interest
  • Invitation to travel internationally as part of the annual Leadership Study Mission with board members; previous trips have been to Brussels, Cuba, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea and Japan
  • Benefits of Directors’ Circle donors, as listed above

Chairman's Circle

$25,000+

  • Intimate conversation on Council President’s annual review
  • Opportunity to request policy briefings 1:1 with Chicago Council policy experts
  • Benefits of Ambassador’s Circle donors, as listed above

Founders' Circle

$50,000+

  • Invitation to join Council leadership in welcoming dignitaries and experts in advance of the Council events
  • Benefits of Chairman’s Circle donors, as listed above

 

Contributions to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs support public education and independent global affairs studies. The Council is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax-deductible. If you are interested in joining or would like more information about the Leadership Circle membership, please contact Susan Kahan, director of major gifts, by email or by phone +1 312-821-7548​.

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