Eileen Sweeney

Senior Advisor

Eileen has over 25 years of experience in Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations work. She has led several organizations from a charity-focused online platform, to building global-giving strategy for both the United Airlines and Motorola Foundations, to Community Outreach and Fan Engagement activities of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. In these roles, she has worked in over 30 countries with responsibilities including establishing Corporate Social Responsibility platforms, managing grant making, building humanitarian disaster relief efforts, and leading award-winning corporate-wide and global employee volunteerism programs.

Specialties:

  • Building global corporate philanthropic programs
  • Launching corporate employee-volunteer programs and creating "Days of Service"
  • Creating highly-focused grants programming, especially on educational themes
  • Taking core competencies of a business and building community engagement programs to leverage them

In 2016 Eileen founded Humankind Partnership, a company that helps corporations and non-profits tell their stories of corporate social responsibility programming and its impact. She works daily with national and global brands to develop their CSR messaging and on their strategic philanthropy.

She has worked as a volunteer, funder and board member for many non-profits including the United Way, Save the Children, IRC, International Red Cross, ORBIS, the American Heart Association, Chicago Cares, City Year, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and Tampa, the Art Institute of Chicago, Habitat for Humanity, International, among many others.

Honors:

  • Awarded the Chicago Corporate Grant Maker of the Year in by the AFP in 2008
  • Led a team that won a grant from the MacArthur Foundation for the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and NW Indiana
  • Member of national leadership and advisory boards for the US Chamber of Commerce, Points of Light Foundation, The Conference Board among others

Eileen earned a BS in Education from Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, and an Ed. M. from Harvard University, in Cambridge, MA.  At Harvard Graduate School of Education, she focused on innovative business/education partnerships and collaborations.