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:
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.
"Thanks to the support from Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, for on our Chef Training Culinary Arts Program, the Chinese American Service League is able to train and place 48 students a year in western-style culinary positions. Because of this success, $1 million in wages and $350,000 in public benefits savings are generated. But, more importantly, for our students, we help them establish a life-changing career that provides a living wage and benefits that continue to serve them and their families for years to come."
Jered Pruitt, Director of Development & Communications, Chinese American Service League
"Support from Chicago Tribune Charities, McCormick Foundation Fund, helps many of the youngest children at Metropolitan Family Services start life on a strong note, while promoting parents’ expertise and confidence as their children’s first teachers. When we focus on young children’s development and healthy parenting relationships, families are strengthened. On behalf of the thousands of children and families Metropolitan serves, I say thank you."
Ric Estrada, President and CEO, Metropolitan Family Services
"Tutoring Chicago develops a foundation for life-long learning by providing free one-to-one tutoring to children from low-income families. Demand for our services continues to grow in light of over-crowded classrooms. Student enrollment in our programs increased 30% over the last year, with an outlook to increase by another 15% each year. With over 700 volunteers a week, Tutoring Chicago expands minds, enriches thinking, and remediates skills. The generosity of the Chicago Tribune Foundation and Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, has supported these programs that help children thrive with a caring tutor."
Erin McPartlin, Executive Director, Tutoring Chicago