What is the Robert R. McCormick Foundation?
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.
Who was Robert R. McCormick?
Robert R. McCormick was the long time editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. He built the Tribune Company from a single newspaper to a media giant. McCormick was citizen-soldier, serving in the Illinois National Guard in 1915, and as a Colonel in the First Infantry Division during World War I. He was a role model for active citizen engagement, deeply committed to First Amendment rights, particularly freedom of speech, and to the city of Chicago. He established the Robert R. McCormick Foundation upon his death in 1955.
What does McCormick support?
The McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Our focus areas include journalism and the First Amendment , early childhood education, youth civic engagement, assistance for disadvantaged communities , and serving veterans. A big part of our mission is sustaining the parks, gardens, golf course and museums at Col. McCormick’s former estate at Cantigny Park, in Wheaton, Ill., which he left in trust for the people of Chicagoland.
Where is the Foundation located?
Chicago is our headquarters and our home. Our offices are in the Illinois Center, located at 205 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 4300. In addition, we have another office located in Wheaton, Illinois, on our benefactor’s estate.
Why does the Robert R. McCormick Foundation have a park out in Wheaton, Illinois?
Col. Robert R. McCormick owned a 500-acre farm in Wheaton, Illinois. He named it Cantigny in honor of the First Division’s battle in Cantigny, France, during World War I. When Col. McCormick passed away, his will set up a trust to open and maintain his estate as a public park.
What is the relationship between Robert R. McCormick Foundation and Tribune Company?
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is an independent public charity, separate from the Tribune Company. However, the McCormick Foundation and the Tribune organization do share a common legacy: the life and work of Robert R. McCormick.