Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund

The Chicago Tribune is proud of its long-standing tradition of helping those in need across Chicago and the suburbs. Deepening the commitment, the Tribune partnered with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in 1990 and established Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund.

Through Chicago Tribune Charities, grants are made to local nonprofit organizations making a difference for low-income children, adults and families. These qualified nonprofits provide life-changing programs that offer year-round education and mentoring; a supportive place to turn when coping with the effects of abuse; help so the unemployed find jobs with renewed skills and confidence and the opportunity for adults and children to learn to read, furthering progress and career advancement.

Grants are made possible with the generous support of donors and readers throughout the year, particularly to the Chicago Tribune Charities Holiday Giving campaign. During the holiday season, the editorial staff publishes articles in the Chicago Tribune about the work of the nonprofits. It is very rewarding to read how people can change their lives for the better when they receive these educational or family support services.

All donations to Chicago Tribune Charities are matched at 50% by the McCormick Foundation furthering donors’ impact. In addition, all expenses are paid so 100% of donations, plus the match, is granted across Chicago and the suburbs. Since inception, over 5,000 grants totaling more than $121 million have been invested.

Chicago Tribune Charities believes in creating communities that thrive. Together, we are building a stronger Chicagoland for tomorrow by investing in our children, adults and families today.


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The donations and match often total in the range of $3.5 to $4 million per year. We thank our donors and the McCormick Foundation for their generosity in helping people throughout our community have opportunities to improve their lives.

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The funds are distributed to qualified nonprofit organizations that serve low-income populations and focus on these four areas:

  1. Youth education: Focuses on two age groups for in-school and after-school programs. Reading is funded to support children’s literacy programs for K-3rd grades. High school programs encourage youth to complete high school and provide opportunities to participate in college/vocational track programs.
  2. Workforce development: Training to develop job skills and offer job placement services for adults and youth.
  3. Adult Literacy: Literacy training for beginning literacy through eighth grade English for Adults. Includes GED support, English as a Second Language and English to bridge to job training programs.
  4. Family Strengthening: Positive parenting and child trauma treatment for children and families impacted by violence.