TODD SCHNICK is a Chicago-based philanthropist. To date, he and his wife Stephanie have awarded $146,700 to seventy organizations. Marrying the former Stephanie Ann Lloyd on 12.12.12, they now live in the Chicago Loop with their English Cream Golden Retriever, Surrey. They are traveling next to Italy’s Amalfi Coast.
PREVIOUS: political operative, lobbyist, marketing / media strategist, and podcaster.
PROJECTS/ASSOCIATIONS: Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation (co-founder); The Faith-Based Coalition for Global Nutrition (member); Union League Boys & Girls Clubs (Board of Trustees)
NOTABLE PHILANTHROPIC INVESTMENTS: Nourishing Hope, Shedd Aquarium, Lincoln Park Zoo, The Art Institute of Chicago, FTBNL, Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps, HFC, Greater Chicago Food Depository, Team Rubicon, World Central Kitchen, Morris Animal Foundation, Special Olympics, and ULBGC.
INTERESTS: reading, F1, documentaries, jazz, film scores, and travel.
AREAS OF STUDY: architecture, wellness, philosophy, zen, economics, sociology, history, urban policy, and learning Italian.
CURRENT PHILANTHROPIC PROJECTS:
Union League Boys & Girls Clubs Board of Trustees: Todd joined the board in August, 2021. He serves on the scholarship committee and is in process of organizing a series of field trips for kids to visit local museums. As mentioned below, he has inspired and helped fund a literacy pilot project too.
Foundation To Be Named Later / Gammons Scholarships: Todd is helping fund a series of new scholarships for the 2022-23 school year targeted to disadvantaged youth in the Chicagoland area. He’ll also serve on the selection team. In addition to helping fund the tuition gaps, the program will also provide mentoring, financial coaching, and educational guidance. Excited to partner with Hall of Fame journalist Peter Gammons and former Red Sox and Cubs executive Theo Epstein and his amazing team!
AARP Foundation’s Experience Corps / Union League Boys & Girls Clubs Pilot Project: Todd was instrumental in aligning these two organizations to partner on a pilot project at four after school programs operated by the ULBGC (Kellman, Paz, Erie, and Nicholson clubs). At each program, Experience Corps Chicago will place two volunteers and a site coordinator to help tutor/mentor students during the ULBGC “Power Hour.”
Nourishing Hope: Todd and Stephanie will be working with Nourishing Hope, formerly Lakeview Pantry, on their major rebranding project and capital campaign enabling them to significantly increase their ability to serve the hungry AND provide more mental health services to the local community.
Shedd Aquarium: Todd and Stephanie will also be long-term partners on Shedd’s $500 million Centennial Commitment, an eight-year campaign to transform and restore the aquarium as it approaches its 100th anniversary in 2030. The campaign accelerates access and connection to nature for all and amplifies ways to care, conserve and act to ensure an equitable, sustainable, and thriving future for people and aquatic life.
WHAT THEY SAID:
“HFC is grateful for the support of the Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation. Our combined efforts will bring us a long way toward kicking Alzheimer’s in the balzheimer’s.” SETH ROGEN
“With this ambitious project, I am thrilled to have The Todd & Stephanie Schnick Foundation as a part of the PLAY ON team. We are grateful for Todd and Stephanie’s full support.” KEVIN BACON
“I’m so grateful to Todd and Stephanie for supporting the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement. I’m thrilled that they have joined the movement to help wipe out Alzheimer’s once and for all. Thank you in advance for teaming up with Todd and Stephanie to support WAM’s education and research programs!” MARIA SHRIVER
“Thank you for embracing our efforts to help young children enhance their overall academic success and life potential and ultimately, to realize their dreams. Your commitment is deeply appreciated. It inspires us to continue our work.” KRISTI YAMAGUCHI
“Best of luck with all the good work you are doing.” LISA JAKUB
“So thrilled that you’re leaning into the work of making things better.” SETH GODIN
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