The John Buck Company Foundation

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The John Buck Company Foundation and its governing Civic Involvement Committee (‘CIC’) support Chicago-area civic and charitable organizations that enrich the quality of life for children and families with a strong emphasis on their educational development. Additionally, we support organizations which have active employee participation channeling that support in the form of financial contributions and services.

The John Buck Company Foundation

Built from The Ground Up

What started as a small act of charity has grown into something more substantial and more significant than imagined. The Foundation is a large part of who The John Buck Company is and represents the bigger picture of our mission.


The Birth of Spring Fling

In the spring of 1988, John Buck and several founding partners found themselves at a beer garden one sunny afternoon. John Buck suggested, so as not to be deemed a total waste of an afternoon, that the outing be viewed in part as a charitable function. Each member contributed $50 into a baseball cap. A second baseball cap held the names of each participant’s favorite youth/education organization. The moment the waitress pulled the winning name out of the cap, Spring Fling was born.


Spring Fling is unique to The John Buck Company and is now the leading springtime charity celebration in the Chicago Real Estate community. Over the past 30 years, Spring Fling has raised more than $13 million for Chicago non-profit organizations. What started as a few hundred dollars in a baseball cap among 6 people has evolved into premier springtime event with over 2,600 attendees each year.


The Civic Involvement Committee

At The John Buck Company, we believe in a holistic approach to improving our communities both internally and externally. To better accomplish this goal the Civic Involvement Committee was created to strategically manage our charitable efforts. Not only does CIC manage our Spring Fling event efforts, it also provides employees an opportunity to give back to the community through Volunteer Days with local schools or park programs, assembling school supplies for back packs, playing Santa for a Holiday Gift program and supporting other JBC employee programs such as Spooky Zoo at the Lincoln Park Zoo.


CIC is comprised of 10 employees who serve staggered 3-year terms. These employees dedicate their time to continuing the vision that started with John Buck over 30 years ago.


Giving Back is in our DNA

While the Civic Involvement Committee oversees all charitable efforts, everyone in the JBC family routinely gets involved; whether suggesting volunteer day ideas, introducing new organizations, sitting on various Board of Directors or directly volunteering.


We’re not unique in our charitable efforts; however, we are unique when it comes to what we’ve accomplished and how we’ve accomplished it. For us, The Foundation isn’t a separate part of the larger company, it’s an integral part of the organization.


Supporting Partnerships

The John Buck Company and our employees believe in a singular goal to give back with efforts to better educate our city’s youth. We don’t do it alone. We are thankful to all our supporting partnerships who join us in giving back. It’s because of our partnerships with vendors, business partners, financial clients, investors and fellow real estate partners in our industry that the Foundation continues to grow and reach more people in need. In the end, the success of The John Buck Company is also the success of our partnerships.


2018 Giving

Abounding Life Church of God
Aim High for High School
Alliance for Regional Development
Alzheimer’s Association
Amate House
American Cancer Society
Best Buddies Illinois
Big Brothers Big Sisters
BOMA/Chicago Foundation
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois
Breakthrough Urban Ministries
Build On Inc.
By The Hand Club For Kids
Cal’s All Star Angel Foundation Inc
Catholic Bishop of Chicago
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Chicago Federation of Labor
Chicago Jesuit Academy
Chicago Loop Alliance
Chicago Run
Chicago Youth Centers
ChipChicago NFP
City of Hope
City Year Chicago
City Meal on Wheels
Communities That Care
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Distinctive Schools
Dream and Believe Foundation
Ellie Burns Foundation
Entrepreneurs Organization
Erie Neighborhood House
Erikson Institute
Friends of Downtown
Gads Hill Center
Great Oaks Camp
High Jump
JDRF International
Jumpstart for Young Children Inc
Junior Achievement
Lincoln Park Zoo
Little Kids Rock Inc.
March of Dimes
Marillac St. Vincent Family
Mary Bartelme Park
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Metropolitan Planning Council
Roosevelt University
Ryan Banks Academy
San Miguel Febres Cordero Schools
Special Olympics Illinois
Step Up Women’s Network
The Bottom Line
The Chicago Community Foundation
The Goldie Initiative
The Guardsmen
The Jackson Chance Foundation
The Ruth Page Foundation
ULI Chicago
United Service Organization of Illinois
Working In The Schools
Year Up Inc.
Youth Guidance – Working on Womanhood


  • 2019 VOCEL
  • 2018 Working on Womanhood, Youth Guidance
  • 2017 By The Hand Club for Kids 
  • 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chicago
  • 2015 Off The Streets Club
  • 2014 Working in the Schools
  • 2013 New Schools for Chicago
  • 2012 Noble Network of Charter Schools
  • 2011 US Empowered
  • 2010 High Jump
  • 2009 Legacy Charter School
  • 2008 Hephzibah Children’s Services
  • 2007 Holy Family Lutheran School
  • 2006 B.U.I.L.D.
  • 2005 LEARN Charter School
  • 2004 Sam Miguel School
  • 2003 HighSight
  • 2002 Lutheran Family Mission
  • 2001 Horizons for Youth
  • 2000 Junior Achievement
  • 1999 Link Unlimited
  • 1998 Metropolitan Family Services
  • 1997 Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
  • 1996 Victor C. Neumann Association
  • 1995 Chicago Cares
  • 1994 Junior Achievement
  • 1993  United Charities
  • 1992  Golden Apple
  • 1991 Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
  • 1990 Boys & Girls Club of Chicago
  • 1989 Boys & Girls Club of Chicago