We contribute our skills, platform and time to benefit the lives of others in the communities where we live and work.
Invest for Kids
Connections for the Homeless
Lurie Children's Foundation
Jewish United Fund
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago
Museum of American Finance
We founded the Magnetar Capital Foundation in 2011 to improve the quality of life in the communities where our employees live and work. The Foundation created the Magnetar Youth Investment Academy, an innovative program that provides a 30-hour financial education curriculum and teacher training for Chicago area high schools.
In its first year the Academy served 40 students in two schools. By 2015-2016 it had expanded to nearly 3,000 students in 50 schools and since inception has reached nearly 6,000 students helping them to build the knowledge and skills they need to make smart financial decisions.
In July of 2016 we announced a partnership with the University of Chicago to reach even more students. The Magnetar Capital Foundation is providing $5 million to UChicago STEM Education to further develop and grow the Academy’s high school financial education program.
"By leveraging the deep experience at the University of Chicago, we are expanding our ability to reach more high school students with vital financial education lessons that will benefit them throughout their lives," said Ross Laser, co-founder and President of Magnetar Capital.
Read more about the Magnetar Capital UChicago Financial Education Initiative at JLN Newsletters here.
In addition to the Magnetar Youth Investment Academy, the firm has supported numerous non-profit organizations focused on youth programs, health and human services and arts and culture.
Magnetar also offers an employee gift matching program and the firm’s leadership serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations.