In 1980, Doris Christopher founded Pampered Chef, a kitchenware company, out of her suburban Chicago home. Her husband, Jay Christopher, has also been involved with company, and founded Thatcher Technology Group as well. It's unclear how much the Christophers are worth, but they've directed some of their wealth towards charity and established The Christopher Family Foundation in 1997 as an outgrowth of Pampered Chef.
The foundation keeps a low-profile and doesn't have much of a web presence. However, an Idealist page for the foundation describes its mission as supporting "initiatives that strengthen Christian faith, that educate, that encourage health and family well being, and that inspire creativity."
From our look at recent tax returns, the couple's strong interest in Christian organizations shines through. Jay Christopher serves as the chairman of the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation, which supports inner city Lutheran schools in the area. Lutheran outfits in particular seem to be of interest, and the family has supported places like Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Wheat Ridge Ministries, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church of River Forest, Timothy Christian Schools, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, Walther Lutheran High School Association, and Lutheran School of Theology.
The couple are strong supporters of Concordia University Chicago, a private Lutheran liberal arts institution within the Concordia University System. In 1999, the Christopher family helped establish the Walter and Maxine Christopher Center for Learning and Leadership. The center bears the name of Jay's parents.
It's worth noting that the family also has an interest in healthy eating and nutrition. University of Illinois is home to the Christopher Family Foundation Food and Family Program, whose mission is to "build positive connections between food and family life in order to promote healthy eating, preserve family traditions, and build stronger relationships with an emphasis on children and youth." The family has also helped fund a Chicago diabetes project via the University of Illinois Foundation.
For a complete look at this Chicago funder, read our guide linked below.