Conciencia launched in 2015 with a mission to connect entrepreneurial and creative strategy to the social impact sector. Chicago's non-profit environment houses some of our nation's most innovative, impassioned, and impactful organizations. Conciencia aims to drive the sustainability of that vital ecosystem by deepening access to collaborative spaces and the capital necessary to build scale.

To achieve this, Conciencia works with philanthropic institutions and non-profits to heighten capacity and impact by leveraging assets, technology, and talent.

Partnering with Philanthropy

  • Strategic initiatives: capacity building, collective impact, and workforce development
  • Portfolio development and grant review
  • Community engagement

Partnering with Non-profits

  • Program innovation and development
  • Resource development planning: fundraising, donor assessment, and relationship mapping
  • Social media strategy and integration
  • Grants management: review, editing, writing and calendar management


Founder & Principal

Eric B. Lugo


With over 10 years experience in philanthropy and non-profit management, Eric is regarded as a transformative leader driving social innovation through next generation giving, communications, and entrepreneurship. Before launching Conciencia, he held the role of Vice President in Global Philanthropy at JPMorgan Chase & Co., where he was responsible for implementation global philanthropic strategy including $15.8 million in grant-making and special project activities in Illinois and Minnesota.

Prior to his role at the firm, Eric was the Senior Development Officer at Instituto del Progreso Latino, a leading workforce development, education, and civic organization in the city of Chicago.

Eric's current civic affiliations include:

  • Chicago Community Trust / Nuestro Futuro: Latino Heritage Endowment Steering Committee
  • United Way of Metro Chicago / Chicago Council Member
  • Chicago Run / Board of Directors of Chicago Run