Hedge fund managers, investment bankers, stockbrokers and others bring a certain amount of negativity to mind when they’re mentioned by title or name. While there are certainly those that deserve it, there are hundreds of thousands who don’t necessarily merit this negativity. In fact, there are a number of others that just go out of their way to donate their personal fortunes or take part in charity events. One of the better charity events popular with investors will take place in Chicago later this month.

Invest for kids

In its fifth year, Invest For Kids will be taking place the afternoon of October 29th at the Harris Theater in Chicago. While every dollar raised will go to a variety of charities to benefit the lives of children, investors will have a chance to give back even more by following the advice of industry experts due to speak at the event. An equally weighted portfolio of last year’s ideas is up over 50%. That dramatically outperforms the S&P as well as any relevant benchmark.

Mission of Invest For Kids is to support organizations

The charitable mission of Invest For Kids is to support organizations in the greater Chicago area that serve children and youth. Their intention is to focus on organizations working in five broad sectors: education, mentoring, afterschool programs, wellness and healthcare. Invest For Kids has raised over $5 million for 33 local children’s organizations. A list of this year’s charities are available on their website here. Donation levels can be viewed here, while online registration is also available on the website.

Ron Levin and Ben Kovler, co-founders of Invest For Kids, were inspired to bring this concept to Chicago after attending the Ira W. Sohn Investment Research Conference in New York for many years. We want to thank Douglas Hirsch, Lance Laifer and Daniel Nir, the founders of the Sohn Conference, for their vision and dedication.

Ron is a Managing Director in the Private Wealth Management group at Goldman Sachs. He heads the investment committee for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and is a member of the investment committee of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Ben co-manages investments for his family office and family foundation in Chicago. He serves on the board and investment committee for Providence St. Mel School and sits on the scholarship committee at the JUF.

Invest For Kids speaker line up

The lineup of speakers that have volunteered their time to share their investing ideas with those in attendance is nothing short of prestigious. The following are confirmed speakers but there are also sure to be some surprises this year:

  • Leon Cooperman, Omega Advisors
  • Steve Eisman, Emrys Partners
  • Jeffrey E. Gundlach, DoubleLine Capital LP
  • Mark Kingdon, Kingdon Capital Management LLC
  • Marc Lasry, Avenue Capital Group
  • Nelson Peltz, Trian Fund Management LP
  • Rick Rieder, BlackRock
  • Dinakar Singh, TPG-Axon Capital Management
  • Sam Zell, Equity Group Investments

For a bio of each speaker and a list of past speakers follow this link.

For those looking for a wealth of ideas while benefiting the children of Chicago, Invest For Kids is a great choice to join them in celebrating their fifth year of service to investors and those less privileged alike.