The John Buck Company Foundation


The John Buck Company is thinking about the Chicago community and nation during the COVID-19 Pandemic. To show our gratitude to all frontline healthcare professionals, first responders and essential workers’, The John Buck Company Foundation and Civic Involvement Committee will be providing meals to hospital staff and patients, as well as a few of our beneficiary organizations, with meals prepared by some of our Spring Fling restaurant participants and delivered by ATI and Vandenberg Ambulance.

We are honored to be able to provide meals to Roseland Community Hospital, Loretto Hospital, St. Bernard Hospital, South Shore Hospital, Norwegian Hospital, By The Hand Club, ATI Ambulance and Children’s Home & Aid Freidheim Center. Thank you to Gatto’s, Giordano’s, Francois Frankie, and Roots for working alongside The JBC Foundation to support this effort to help feed Chicago. 

We wish all of our JBC Family and Friends the best during these unprecedented times. 

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.

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.

2019 Giving

Amate House
Automotive Mentoring Group
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys Hope Girls Hope
By The Hand Club
Chicago Children’s Theatre
Chicago Dance Institute
Chicago Jesuit Academy
Chicago Youth Centers
Children’s Home & Aid Society
Cristo Rey Ellie Burns Scholarship Program
Concordia Place

Erie House
Gads Hill Center
Girls in the Game
High Jump
Horizons For Youth
I Grow Chicago
Little Kids Rock
Marillac St. Vincent
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

Montessori Shool of Englewood
Off The Street Club
Pitch in Program (Wood Family Foundation)
Providence Englewood Charter School
Ruth Page Dance Academy
Ryan Banks Academy
Special Olympics Chicago/Special Children’s Charities
Step Up
Tutoring Chicago
Union League Boys & Girls Club
Year Up


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