Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President

A gift that will transform lives

Dear Loyola Community,

We are honored to announce that Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), founder and president of the TAWANI Foundation, has committed $10 million to Loyola University Chicago in honor of her mother, Audrey G. Ratner (BA ’78), an educator, philanthropist, and fellow Loyola alumna.

The Audrey G. Ratner Endowments will fund scholarships and stipends for students who are veterans or children of veterans, Loyola’s ROTC students, and students studying to be teachers. The gift will also establish an endowed fund for program support at Loyola’s Hillel House, and it will create a fund to foster study on dyslexia and other reading disorders in Loyola’s School of Education. A President’s Innovation Fund will provide preliminary funding for innovative projects and programs.

A component of the gift matches further fundraising in several areas, so that the potential impact of the gift could exceed $15 million.

We are immensely grateful to Jennifer Pritzker (BA ’79) and the TAWANI Foundation for this visionary gift. The Audrey G. Ratner Endowments will create, sustain, and grow scholarship funding, educational opportunities, and programming for generations of students at Loyola.  The gift is an eloquent tribute to the legacy of Audrey Ratner, who has worked ceaselessly as an educator and philanthropist to ensure access to quality education for those who experience economic and other challenges.

In their lives and careers, Jennifer Pritzker and Audrey Ratner, both alumnae of Loyola, exemplify cherished values of innovation and service—the generosity of spirit that is at the heart of our Jesuit mission. Col. Pritzker’s philanthropy will have a transformative impact on students for many generations to come.

Please join us in thanking Jennifer Pritzker for her extraordinary support.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD