Educational Foundation Business Champions

Sponsorship Opportunities

Join the local business, community and philanthropic leaders driving our local economy and strengthening our workforce by partnering with the Harper College Educational Foundation.

Extend Your Reach

Annually, the Harper College Educational Foundation connects with over 25,000 community members, alumni, donors and business in a variety of communication methods. Recognition and marketing opportunities for Business Champions may include:

  • Alumni e-newsletters distributed quarterly to over 27,000 Harper College alumni
  • The Catalyst, a printed four-color philanthropic magazine mailed to 4,000 donors, community leaders and elected officials twice a year
  • The Harper College Educational Foundation website receives 28,000+ page views annually
  • Social media posts on cross-market channels to include LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, X and YouTube
  • Donors recognition walls located in the Performing Arts Center lobby (visited by over 18,000 guests annually)
  • Naming opportunities on campus, based on sponsorship levels

Business Champion Benefits

The Harper College Educational Foundation offers benefits that promote your company’s commitment to bettering the community and provides opportunities to engage your employees with Harper’s mission, programs and students.

  • Business Champion profiles and partnership articles to share with your stakeholders
  • Invitations to Harper College Educational Foundation events and receptions with key community stakeholders
  • Career networking with student alumni and access to the Harper College Job Placement Resource Center – Hire a Hawk. Visit harpercollege.edu/jprc
  • Employee engagement volunteer opportunities with Harper College students (mentorships, scholarship review or committee membership)
  • Affordable continuing education and training through Business EdVantage program for employees (in-district tuition rates for your employees, regardless of where they live). Visit harpercollege.biz
  • Access to the University Center at Harper College (earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university by taking courses offered at Harper’s Palatine campus). Visit harpercollege.edu/university

Event Sponsorship Opportunities

All sponsors receive recognition in the Foundation’s philanthropic magazine, The Catalyst, distributed three times a year to 3,500 donors, community and business leaders, elected officials and alumni.

The HOPE Giving Circle brings together influential women of diverse backgrounds with a common goal of supporting students in their educational goals. HOPE members combine their resources to make a greater collective impact on the lives of students pursuing higher education at Harper College, through scholarship support, mentoring and professional development opportunities. Learn more

HOPE Audience

  • Hope members and audience includes female leaders in business, education, law and other prominent fields.
  • Invitations and newsletters mailed to 350+ influential women approximately 6 times each year

The event draws together local business, political, and philanthropic leaders in support of Harper College’s mission of providing quality, affordable, and accessible education to our community. Annually, this event sells out, which is why we are inviting you to join our high profile corporate sponsors both in your support of Harper students and on the golf course prior to our official registration period. Learn more

Golf Outing Audience

  • Corporations, businesses, community leaders, alumni
  • Invitation distribution of 1,500

The Harper Professional Advisors are a group of dedicated volunteers who have professional expertise in the areas of estate planning, law, financial planning, income tax, accounting, insurance, and real estate. Educational sessions are hosted four times a year to the community offering insight on economic outlooks, tax reform, planning for retirement, estate planning, and more. Learn more


  • Community members, donors, alumni, faculty and staff, chambers and Rotary clubs
  • Invitations mailed to 2,500 people four times a year

The Harper College Distinguished Alumni Awards Program recognizes former Harper students who have distinguished themselves in their careers and in their service to the community. The awards program launched in 2008 and since then, 73 individuals have received this prestigious award. The Distinguished Alumni Awards Reception is attended by Harper alumni, faculty and staff, current students, and business
and community leaders. Learn more


  • Alumni, Harper faculty, retirees and staff, community members, donors
  • Invitations and evites distributed to over 27,000 people

Each year the Harper College Educational Foundation hosts receptions celebrating all that its vibrant donor community makes possible. Donors supporting Harper over the past year are invited to one of 3 events: Harper employee donors are celebrated in March during the annual We Are Harper Employee Campaign; Harper Retiree donors are treated to a VIP gathering during Harper HEART Day in April; and alumni and community members are invited to our signature Interactive Tour events--part reception, part hands-on learning, and uniquely Harper.   Learn more


  • Harper College Educational Foundation donors over $100+
  • Invitations and evites distributed to over 1,000 households and businesses

Harper HEART Day is Harper College's official day of giving. It spans 36 hours on April 17 and 18, 2024. The day features on-campus and virtual activities for Harper students, employees, retirees, and alumni in addition to its robust giving campaign.

Harper HEART Day sponsors motivate giving by providing challenge donations to one or more of these Harper constituencies. Not only does challenging giving inspire others to give, it demonstrates the sponsors' commitment to strengthening our community through education. Challenges are determined in collaboration with Harper College Educational Foundation staff (e.g., dollar-for-dollar matching donation, additional donation based on number of participants, additional award to top fundraising student organization), and provide an exciting way to interact with our diverse Harper College community over 100,000+ individuals. Learn more

For more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Harper College Educational Foundation at 847.925.6468 or Kristyn Meyer, Associate Executive Director/Major Gifts, kmeyer@harpercollege.edu.

Last Updated: 6/18/24