Social Impact 2017-09-26T20:46:45+00:00

Champions For Social Change

CTS Impact believes we must not only do good for our clients, but we must also do good for our communities. By using our time, talents and resources strategically, philanthropy is deeply embedded within our mission and every action.

An Integral Part of Our Business Model

What started as Julie Scott’s personal mission decades ago has been welcomed and embraced as a core CTS Impact value. Treated with the same hands-on approach we use each day as professionals, our philanthropic work is a fundamental part of who we are and why we pride ourselves on being part of the CTS Impact team.

Our Causes Are Your Causes

We are grateful for the role that every CTS Impact employee and client plays to support our firm’s growth. That’s why what matters to you, matters to us. A fundamental part of our social impact is driven by causes you care about. When professional capabilities and resources intersect with personal passions and worthy causes, we all win.

CTS Impact is Proud to Support:

YWCA

With a mission to empower women and eliminate racism, YWCA implements advocacy and local programming to create large-scale change. Julie Scott has served as a Board member for over eight years. Her past roles include Chairman of the Finance Committee, Treasurer, member of the Development Committee and member of the Programs & Advocacy Committee. Julie was also honored in 2015 as Director Emeritus. See her interview here

CTS Impact has been a Lead Host Sponsor for YWCA’s Leader Luncheon for the past several years. The CTS Impact family is proud to attend, gift and chair many programs at YWCA. In 2016, Julie Scott is the Co-Chair of the YWCA Leader Luncheon to be held on November 17, 2016. For more information, please visit here.

University of Illinois College of Business

With many U of I Business alumni on the team, CTS Impact is proud to invest its time and resources in tomorrow’s young entrepreneurs and business professionals. Currently, Julie Scott serves as President of the University of Illinois College of Business Alumni Association, which is comprised of over 60,000 alums worldwide. 

She also serves in a dual-role on the Board of the University of Illinois Alumni Association (UIAA) and was recently served as a member of the College of Business Dean’s Selection Committee. In 2016, Julie was honored to speak at all U of Illinois-Urbana Business convocation ceremonies.

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Along with her husband, Julie established a scholarship program in Entrepreneurship at the University of Illinois.

LINK Scholars

We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide full tuition assistance and mentorship for a private high school student through LINK Unlimited Scholars, which provides funding for African-American high schoolers preparing for college success. To learn more, visit here

Recently, CTS Impact sponsored a Private Equity luncheon for LINK Scholars, featuring real estate industry icon, Sam Zell, attended by over 100 real estate industry leaders.

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United Way

CTS Impact is a proud member of United Way’s Chairman’s Circle.  By connecting families to the building blocks of economic stability – income, education & health -United Way aims to ensure that people have the tools they need to thrive.

CTS Impact supports this mission through gifting in support of the Brighton Park neighborhood network program, volunteering for United Way’s Day of Caring, and participating in the Adopt-A-Family program, and more.

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Currently, Julie Scott serves on the Audit Committee for United Way, and is also on the Advisory Board for the Women’s Leadership Council. 

Children’s Home + Aid

As a leading child and family service agency in Illinois, Children’s Home + Aid protects, educates and counsels more than 40,000 children and families each year to help improve their lives. CTS Impact is an active sponsor for the Champions for Children annual event each year.  In 2015, this event featured keynote speaker Valerie Jarrett.

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In 2016, CTS Impact is proud to show our support to the tireless work of the Children’s Home + Aid by underwriting a promotion featured in the MLB World Series program.

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Arzu Studio Hope

Since its inception, CTS Impact has supported Arzu, which means “hope” in Dari.  Arzu is an innovative model of social entrepreneurship to help Afghan women weavers, and their families, break the cycle of poverty by providing them with steady income and access to education.

Julie Scott provided her expertise to help Arzu’s Chairman and CEO Connie Duckworth secure the organization’s initial federal funding to launch its ground-breaking programs in 2003.   As a champion for women and social change, Connie was previously Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, the first woman to be named a sales and trading partner in the firm’s history.

St. Ignatius College Prep

With a conviction that a holistic and rigorous education focused on the development of the entire person empowers young people to become our nation’s top leaders of tomorrow, CTS Impact is proud to support St. Ignatius College Prep, through scholarships for students in need.

As a Board Trustee, Julie Scott serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

North Lawndale College Prep

North Lawndale College Prep is an innovative and highly successful charter school committed to the success of its students. 

CTS Impact is proud to support the powerful partnership between North Lawndale College Prep and Old St. Pat’s, including support for housing for homeless teens who attend the school.

Julie Scott and her family were honored at the Emerald Ball this fall, with CTS Impact staff in attendance.

Chicago Foundation for Women

As a member of the Host Committee, for CFW’s Annual Luncheon, CTS Impact supports Chicago Foundation for Women’s mission to help women and girls who lack economic security and opportunity, freedom from violence, and equitable access to health care and services.

Each year, CTS Impact is proud to serve on the Host Committee for the organization’s Annual Luncheon, featuring game-changing keynote speakers such as Billie Jean King, a woman Julie Scott greatly admires and other women leaders

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Gilda’s Club Chicago

With several members of the CTS Impact family directly impacted by cancer, CTS Impact is proud to stand by Gilda’s Club Chicago, an organization providing free cancer support for the whole family, the whole time.

To show our support for Gilda’s Club, CTS Impact is a Sponsor for 2 events in 2016;  “Gildapalooza” and “Night of a Thousand Noogies”.

Women’s Business Development Center

As a fellow entrepreneurs, Julie Scott and the CTS Impact team align with WBDC’s mission to fuel the economy through entrepreneurship by providing women with the support they need to thrive in the business development and growth process.

In September 2016, Erin Partridge and Julie Scott participated in a ‘Shark Tank’ format presentation to Fortune 500 companies.

Each year, CTS Impact attends the WBDC annual Connections luncheon in support of WBDC’s programs. 

Julie Scott was recently featured by the WBDC to share her perspective on what it takes to be  a successful entrepreneur.

CTS is a WBDC-certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

Anti-Defamation League

CTS Impact is proud to sponsor the Anti-Defamation League’s Annual Humanitarian Awards dinner, recognizing those who have passionately joined in the ADL’s fight against anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, securing justice and fair treatment for all.

CTS Impact supports the ADL’s educational, legislative, diplomatic and interfaith initiatives.

Other Organizations CTS Impact Supports:

AIDS Foundation of Chicago

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Heart Association—Go Red

White Sox Charities

Fergie Jenkins Foundation for Cancer Research

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

City of Hope

Pratham USA

Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation

American Juvenile Diabetes Research

American Diabetes Association

St. Jude Medical Research

Park Lawn School and Vocational Center

Organization for Autism Research

Childhood Apraxia

Autism Speaks

TOP Tennis Opportunity Program

Horizons for Youth

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

Treasure Chest for Pediatric Cancer

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Greater Chicago Food Depository

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Bears Cares

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