Our Mission

Improving our children’s future through health and education.

Sebastian (Sam) and Mary Palumbo, along with their children, Jessica, Kaitlyn, Samantha, Elizabeth, and Gabriella, founded the Palumbo Family Foundation with the desire to offer boys and girls the opportunity to thrive through education and wellness grants. The pursuit of overall well-being serves to allow them to further their education and careers.

The Palumbo Family Foundation strives to make a difference in two sectors of our communities in the Chicagoland area. One is providing scholarships to well deserving students of lower income families. Without scholarships, many of these students would not realize their dream of furthering their education. The other is providing medical grants to organizations that serve the needs of local medically challenged children.

The Palumbo Family Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization. The administration of the foundation is all volunteers; a 100% of the net proceeds of donations and fundraising events give hope and inspiration to young adults looking for financial help to continue their education after high school; as well as children with medical needs.


Scholarships are open to high school seniors, currently enrolled college or professional degreed students or incoming college or professional degreed students.

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The Palumbo Family Foundation supports local groups who provide services and well being to children and young adults with physical and/or mental challenges.

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Each year, we host a charity event to raise funds for our programs. We are fortunate to be supported by a number of generous local businesses and individuals.

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Board Members

Mary Palumbo

Mary has always dedicated herself to the needs of children. She was a teacher in the elementary school system prior to starting their family of five daughters, and has devoted much of her time and energy supporting causes throughout the school systems and community.

Donald Aleo

Throughout his 25 years of business management in logistics, transportation and distribution, Don has held many leadership positions, providing him with the experience needed to serve as vice-president of the Foundation.

Jessica Palumbo Christensen

Jessica expresses her dedication to children as a mother and former elementary school teacher. She earned her Master’s Degree in education and continues to tutor students in all subject areas. She is a dedicated mother who enjoys volunteering her time to help others.

Kaitlyn Palumbo Gandy

Katie graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Business Marketing degree and an International Business minor, and she is currently working in the family construction business. With dedication and passion, she is constantly working on changing with the needs of today's business climate and growing these companies.

Samantha Palumbo Tropeano

Samantha currently works with premature and ill newborns at Northwestern Medicine. Her passion is working with children and helping to create a better future for them. She serves as a wonderful asset to the Palumbo Family Foundation, especially since majority of the Foundation's focus is on children with medical needs.

Elizabeth Palumbo

Elizabeth earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with a teaching option in Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University. Elizabeth is currently teaching math at Hinsdale Central High School. Elizabeth's education experience creates a strong passion for the board’s goals to help young adults in the community.

John Liberatore

In March 2014, John passed away suddenly. He was very passionate about the scholarship program and the interview process. John would ask his own questions and reserve judgment for each and every applicant that the Board interviewed. John will be impossible to replace, and we all miss him immensely.

Jeffrey Narcisi

Jeffrey is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. With more than 25 years of experience in financial management for the construction industry, Jeffrey's financial knowledge is an asset in managing the Foundation's fund.

George Trimarco

A certified CPA for more than 30 years, George has served on many boards, foundations, and non-profit organizations while serving in financial capacities. He has intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of a private foundation. His expertise and experience bring great value to the Foundation.

Ryan Christiansen

Ryan’s business experiences focus on Finance and Operations and have come in a number of different industries: Health Care, IT, and Real Estate. His business experience coupled with his strong desire to help people and ability to relate well with others makes Ryan a great asset to the Board.

Pam Kalafut

Pam is proud a mother of three and an experienced educator/administrator. She began her 36-year career as a kindergarten-12th grade art/photography teacher and retired as Director of Student Activities. She is proud to work with the Foundation and admires the honor, character and humanitarianism that inspires all that they do.

Paul Longi

Paul comes to the Foundation with more than 25 years of experience in real estate and years of involvement with other charitable organizations. Paul brings compassion, dedication and experience to the Board. He and his wife have three grown children who share their dedication to giving back to the community.