Eric Lefkofsky’s Educational Background And Philanthropic Endeavors

Eric Lefkofsky is an American entrepreneur who is most known for being the chairman and co-founder of the very popular e-commerce website Groupon. He was born in Michigan in 1969 and has been involved in many different business and philanthropic endeavors ever since. Continue reading to find out more about Eric Lefkofsky’s educational background as well as his philanthropic endeavors.

Educational Background

Eric Lefkofsky graduated high school in 1987. He attended the Southfield-Lathrup High School located in Lathrup Village, Michigan. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Southfield area. They are known for their extensive and well supported music program. They are also known locally for their amazing basketball team which earned a state title.After graduating high school Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is known as one of the top schools. He eventually graduated with honors in 1991.After graduating from the University of Michigan in 1991 Eric Lefkofsky then went on to continue his education at the University of Michigan Law School also located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Lefkofsky ended up receiving his Juris doctor degree in 1993.

Philanthropic Endeavors

Throughout his busy career Eric Lefkofsky has also been involved in many different philanthropic endeavors. In 2013 he and his wife joined The Giving Pledge which is a big charitable organization run by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The idea of the pledge is that wealthy individuals will donate much of their money to different charities throughout their life and death. To date The Giving Pledge has pledged to donate over 700 billion dollars to worthy causes.Eric Lefkofsky and his wife Elizabeth also started their own charitable trust back in 2006 named the Lefkofsky foundation. It works to support a variety of different charitable organizations. They work to enhance the well-being of women and men all over the world. To date they have helped fund more than 50 different charitable organizations.These are just a few of the many different philanthropic endeavors that Eric Lefkofsky has been a part of. He continues to work every day to make the world a better place for people to live.

The Generosity Of Patty Rocklage

Dr. Scott Rocklage along with his wife Patty Rocklage were in the mood to celebrate. There were a lot of expenses associated with renovating lab spaces for nanotechnology and nanochemistry. Due to their extremely generous gift Lester Wolfe Chemistry received the renovations needed.


Dr. Rocklage was able to continue his PhD studies in the chemistry department. He worked with Professor Richard Schrock who had won a Nobel Prize for his abilities in the field of chemistry.


Once the couple had completed their tour of the recently renovated lab everyone met in the lab’s vestibule. Professor Bawendi, a couple of students from the lab, He Wei and Whitney Hess, accompanied them on the tour. A plaque was displayed in the vestibule to honor the generosity of the Rocklage’s. Timothy Jamison who is the head of the department, Timothy Jamison who is the previous head of the department, Moungi Bawendi and Sylvia Ceyer all gave tributes to the couple.


There was an alumnus profile that was a feature in the newsletter for the department. The feature quoted Rocklage from a statement made in 2010. Rocklage had stated that survival and accomplishments were incredibly important. They turned out to be needed at MIT. Rocklage had been fortunate enough to be accepted to a research group by Richard Schrock. The group consisted of a lot of really fun individuals who all had a lot of intelligence and really big dreams.


Dick led this group with an amazing amount of drive because he wanted them to succeed. He encouraged their individual value systems and overachievements because he knew it was all necessary to achieve the type of success they were looking for. They had to be able to distinguish not only their work but themselves as well.


Patty Rocklage was lucky and made friends while attending MIT that lasted a lifetime. Rocklage had then thanked Jere Fellman, Howard Turner and Clayton Wood for the “chelate” activities. Despite the friendships the atmosphere was still volatile. They were all competing for reagents, glove-box time and Dick’s attention and time.

Rocklage believes it was because of the volatility present they were each able to give their best possible performances.


When the previous head of the department, Sylvia Ceyer asked Dr. Rocklage if there was any possibility of making contributions to the current needs of the department he immediately said yes. He then inquired as to where the most urgent need was.