Helping those impacted by epilepsy when they need it most.

Who We AreA Committed Team

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago is a not-for-profit organization serving 44 counties in Illinois since 1946. We offer education, advocacy, and case management to people living with epilepsy, their families, and the communities in which they live, all in the service of helping our constituents seize the narrative back from epilepsy.

We are a 501(c)3 tax exempt charitable organization existing under the laws of the State of Illinois and operating as a local affiliate of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. To learn more about this nationwide network, click here.

View our Guidestar profile here and our FY2022 Annual Report here.

Our Dedicated Staff

Our Philanthropic Associate Board

Our All-Volunteer Board of Directors

Our Expert Medical Advisory Council

What We DoHelping You Live Your Best Everyday Life

Serving the nearly 140,000 people living with epilepsy in the Chicagoland area, we provide one on one sessions with members, a wide array of support groups, social gatherings for children and adults, as well as legislative initiatives to better the lives of people impacted by epilepsy. We are also dedicated to heightening the general public’s understanding of epilepsy, educating thousands of school personnel and staff of companies and organizations each year.

Mission Statement

We lead the fight to overcome the challenges of living with epilepsy and to accelerate therapies to stop seizures, find cures, and save lives.

Who We ServeWe’re Here for our Community

The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago provides services to 44 counties in Illinois, including Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Coles, Cook, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, DuPage, Edgar, Ford, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Iroquois, Jersey, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, McHenry, McLean, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Piatt, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Shelby, Tazewell, Vermilion, and Will.

We strive to build a culture where inclusiveness is deeply woven into everything we do, not a singular initiative. Everyone of any ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability is welcome. Our doors are open to all.

DiversityOur Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago (EFGC), we believe that to achieve health equity for the community, we need to commit to a workplace that is diverse, inclusive and equitable so that whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, each person feels valued and trusted. We respect diverse life experiences and heritages to ensure that all voices are heard.
Underrepresented and underserved communities are disproportionately impacted by epilepsy. Our data-driven work in health equity will help to uncover the barriers and gaps in care. Individuals may have delayed diagnosis or not be diagnosed at all, may not have access to expert level care, and may not have access to supportive services. Individuals may face cultural barriers in seeking care. We work with local social service organizations and community providers to help disseminate information about epilepsy within these communities in light of the social determinants of health.

We believe in providing culturally competent education and services to our community by partnering with organizations within the nonprofit sector. At EFGC, we aspire for a culture of compassion, understanding and diversity that enables us to serve with integrity in a meaningful and impactful way through our awareness, education and supportive care services. Together, we make a difference for people living with epilepsy.