Community Health Charities Names Community Outreach Coordinator

CHICAGO (Sept. 25, 2007) – Community Health Charities of Illinois (CHCI), the state’s only workplace-giving federation exclusively dto health-related causes, has elected Tom Herman, 45, CFO of Ariel Capital Management, LLC to its Board of Directors.

Herman previously spent 13 years at Otis Elevator Company and started his career as an engineer at Pratt & Whitney. He is a graduate of Cornell (BSME) and received his MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Masters of Accounting and Financial Management from the Keller Graduate School of Management. He is a member of Financial Executives International, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Illinois CPA Society, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Children’s Theatre.

As a CHCI director, Herman will work towards increasing the number of Illinois employers, in both the private and public sectors, working with CHCI to raise funds for leading health charities through workplace giving. Among CHCI beneficiaries are the Alzheimer’s Association, American Diabetes Association, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Arthritis Foundation, the March of Dimes, and 32 others (complete list appended.). CHCI distributes close to $2 million annually for health research, education, and patient services, from funds contributed through payroll deductions by employees in some 200 workplaces.

"The opportunity for employees to contribute at work to a designated health charity is particularly well received across Illinois, and in fact across America," says Barbara Boden, CHCI president. "Everyone has been touched, at some point in their lives, by one or more medical conditions, and donations to CHCI or any of its member charities allow givers to support research, education and patient services in those areas they find most meaningful." The hundreds of thousands of Americans who participate in payroll-deduction plans like CHCI and United Way attest to the philanthropic impulse inherent in American workers, Boden adds, an impulse that is heightened when a choice of charities is offered.


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