Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund

Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, is committed to help build stronger communities by alleviating poverty in Chicago and the suburbs. It supports nonprofit programs in Chicago and the suburbs that improve the lives of low-income children, youth and families in these grant areas:

  1. Youth education: Focuses on three age groups for in-school and after-school programs. Reading is funded to support children’s literacy programs for K-3 grade. High school programs encourage youth to complete high school. Programs that help students persist and complete college also receive support.
  2. Workforce development: Training to develop job skills and offer job placement services for adults and youth. Transitional job support.
  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.
  5. Sector Building: Sector building grants support enhancements to a nonprofit’s management and operations functions. Sector building grants can be used in such areas as agency governance, fundraising, strategic planning, staff/program development, fiscal management and technology. Grant requests must fit within the guideline areas established within the Chicago Tribune Charities Holiday Campaign, are limited to current or recent Tribune Charities grantees, and are accepted by invitation only.

Grants are made possible with the generous support of donors and readers throughout the year, particularly to Chicago Tribune Charities Holiday Giving. All donations to Chicago Tribune Charities are matched at 50% by the McCormick Foundation furthering the donors’ impact. With all expenses paid, 100% of donations, plus the match, is granted across Chicago and the suburbs to support one of program areas listed above.

Through Chicago Tribune Charities, an average of $3.5 to $4 million is granted each year. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors in helping those less fortunate have opportunities they need to improve their lives. We also thank the dedicated efforts of our nonprofit partners for their programs that change lives for the better.

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