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Build a Chicagoland Full of Opportunities for All


Your gift today to the McCormick Foundation Communities Program helps give everyone the chance to create a brighter future, regardless of ZIP code, race, or income.

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With your support, we can make Chicago a city of opportunity for everyone.

We invite you to join us as we work to expand opportunities across Chicagoland for people who deserve the chance to achieve their dreams.

You can help create stories of life-changing opportunities like becoming a first generation college student, having a safe space to play outdoors, securing stable employment, and more. Give today.

Community Organizations Transforming Lives

Here are two great examples of your donations at work in local communities:

Thrive Chicago recently worked to increase the number of Chicago Public School graduates attending college. Between 2014 and 2016, roughly 32% of CPS graduates, about 5,000 students, were accepted to but didn’t enroll in college, a phenomenon known as "summer melt."

Through Thrive's efforts, more than 1,000 additional students attended college in Fall 2017, contributing to Chicago’s highest one-year increase in college enrollment.

Enlace’s Little Village Education Coalition is improving education opportunities and outcomes for Little Village community members of all ages.

Today, dedicated staff focus on building a stronger pipeline to college, tracking student plans to keep them in school, designing and implementing parent engagement strategies, and enhancing collaboration with neighborhood partners, schools, and local colleges.

Why give to the McCormick Foundation Communities Program?

1. Your gift goes further with our 50% match.
When you support the Communities Program, the McCormick Foundation matches every donation you make at 50 cents on the dollar, so your generous gift has more impact.

2. The McCormick Foundation covers all expenses.
That means 100% of your gift, plus the match, goes directly to Chicagoland nonprofits with the highest potential to support their life-changing programs.

3. Your gift provides comprehensive support across connected focus areas.
Your donation helps provide grants to local nonprofits working in three connected areas: education, health & wellness, and jobs & economic opportunity. With this approach, your support helps us tackle the complex challenges holding people back.

4. Your donation is an investment in programs that work.
Your dollars are only used in the areas where they will do the most good and have a measurable impact. We have a thorough vetting process for the grants we make that includes gathering input from the communities we serve and analyzing data to learn where the greatest opportunities for change exist.

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, IRS registration #36-3689171.

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