In 1990, the Chicago Tribune expanded its longtime commitment to Chicagoland and established Chicago Tribune Charities as a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, positively impacting the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children, families and adults every year.
Through Chicago Tribune Charities, grants are made to local nonprofits that concentrate on:
- Youth education programs that give at-risk students access to reading and academic programs in and out of the classroom.
- Literacy training that provides disadvantaged adults with the skills to become self-sufficient.
- Job training and workforce development opportunities for youth and adults giving them the tools needed to advance in the workforce.
- Child abuse prevention and treatment programs to ensure that children suffering from abuse are cared for.
With the generous support of donors and the match provided by the McCormick Foundation, nearly 5,800 grants totaling more than $114 million has been distributed through Chicago Tribune Charities, helping those less fortunate improve their lives and realize their full potential.