Friends of Tubman

Friends of Tubman is an all-volunteer group of parents and community members dedicated to making Harriet Tubman Elementary a great school for all students through fundraising and community outreach events.

Please subscribe to our mailing list to receive  information on upcoming fundraisers, community events, and to learn how to can get involved.


Upcoming Events & Fundraisers

Spring Fling Gala Fundraiser

Have you checked out the many awesome online auction items? Have you seen the amazing artwork our classes created? Bidding is open now through Saturday at 8:40pm and there is something for everyone. Don't miss your chance to win something great while supporting Tubman. Please note that you do not have to be an attendee at the event to buy experiences or bid.

And don't forget to grab raffle tickets for a chance to win tickets to watch the Cubs play from the Murphy's Bleacher's Rooftop.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you to all Tubman families who have supported Teacher Appreciation Week and our out of this world group of teachers. The school looked amazing and the chalking is incredible! The teachers loved their superlative awards at the pep rally, while drinking their Starbucks courtesy of our community, and the students loved cheering for them! The rest of the week we will be providing Tubman staff lunch (Tuesday), breakfast (Wednesday morning), a snack cart and gift cards to a book store (Thursday) and a celebratory happy hour on the 17th. We could not do this without our Tubman community support and our teachers feel really loved this week (and always!)

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I HEART Tubman Pledge Drive

Thank you to our incredible community for showing your Tubman love and support during our Annual Pledge Drive. We raised just under $22,000, important funds for our school, and had a lot of fun.

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17th Annual Tubman Fun Run - Thank you!


We set an aggressive goal to raise $40,000 during our 17th Annual Tubman Fun Run and we are thrilled to report that we raised CLOSE TO $50,000!! These important funds will go to supporting our school with technology upgrades and teacher professional development. Thank you to our students, teachers, staff, families, community, sponsors and more for your support! Whether on the glow in the dark track or in the color run, our students had a BLAST on race day!

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Ongoing Fundraising

Thank you to all our generous donors over the years. We are so grateful for all the support. To donate to our GENERAL FUND, please follow the link.

Assistance Program Fund

FOT is pleased to announce our second annual school Assistance Program Fund aimed at supporting our entire school community; both staff and families.

This fund has been created by both FOT & Administration with the goal of supporting families who have been suffering financial hardships during these unprecedented times. The fund aims to offer immediate assistance with various items and services such as:

  • Emergency food, clothing and household items
  • School supplies

Any additional items not specifically addressed above will be looked at on a case by case basis.


For more information and to receive immediate support, please email:

For those who would like to donate to this fund:


About Friends of Tubman


FOT has provided financial support for a number of initiatives that would have otherwise been cut due to budget constraints.


All parents and community members are welcome and encouraged to join Friends of Tubman. Your participation, support and ideas can help shape Harriet Tubman Elementary into the school you want it to be.
All meetings will be on Zoom for the foreseeable future. A link will be emailed prior to each meeting.

Meeting dates for the 2023/2024 year:

  • September 28
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • January 25
  • February 29
  • March 21
  • April 25
  • May 30 - Annual Elections

For more information, please contact FOT President, Patti Lenkov

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Strategic Plan for Fundraising

In the last 5 years, we have raised over $500,000, which helps cover CPS budget gaps, strengthen our diverse community and support the school’s Strategic Plan for Fundraising. Tubman Elementary School’s fundraising goals are all directed towards supporting the Continuous Improvement Work Plan and the school vision and mission.

Short-term goals include funding arts, drama and dance programming, as well as supporting vital staff positions, investing in classroom technology, providing science lab supplies and repairing playground equipment. Long-term goals include renovating the gymnasium/auditorium.

Fundraising Initiatives

FOT supports our school with a variety of fundraisers and community events throughout the school year. See below for info on our annual fundraisers.

Each fall, the Fun Run, now in its 17th year, encourages family, friends and neighbors to sponsor students while highlighting our school's commitment to healthy habits. The 2023 Fun Run fall fundraiser, raised close to $50,000

In winter, the I ♥ IB Bulldogs Pledge Drive gives families the chance to show their appreciation for the school and what they love most. Families are encouraged to donate any amount they're comfortable with, whether it's a one-time amount or monthly.

Spring is host to two fundraisers: the Online Auction and Gala. The annual auction gives school families, their friends and neighbors across Chicago, plus over 300,000 bidders nationwide, the chance to bid on great items while supporting our school. The Spring Gala is an adults-only night full of fun, bidding and refreshments held in Chicago. Our 2022 Gala raised over $50,000.

Community outreach events include monthly Dining nights at popular area restaurants, with a portion of proceeds going to the school. It's a delicious way to support local businesses while benefiting our neighborhood school. Past participants include Lou Malnati's, Panera, McDonalds, Potbelly, Chipotle, Pockets and DMK Burger.

Friends of Tubman Board

Patti Lenkov


Charlotte Thoresen

Vice President

Sandra Minea


Ana Gallardo

Tara Karmin

Nicholette Maggio

Brittany Kersey

Erin Studenka

Karla Lombardi

Friends of Tubman is an all-volunteer group of parents and community members dedicated to making Harriet Tubman Elementary a great school for all students through fundraising and community outreach events. Friends of Tubman operates independently of the school as a non-profit 501(c)(3).