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Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund

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Your gift will be matched at 50%

The Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, is committed to helping underserved Chicago at risk youth by funding non-profit organizations in Chicago. 


In 2009, the Chicago Bulls expanded its longtime commitment to Chicagoland and established the Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

The McCormick Foundation matches all donations to the Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund at fifty cents on the dollar. With the Chicago Bulls and the Foundation paying all campaign and administrative expenses, one hundred percent of all donations, plus the match is granted to qualified non-profit organizations.

All organizations undergo a thorough screening during the grant application process to ensure that only high-quality programs with proven results receive funding. Since inception, $2 million in grants have been distributed through the Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, we are improving the lives of those in need in our community.

Focus Areas


This giving area supports academically underperforming children and youth as they matriculate through challenging phases of the K-12 education continuum. Priority is given to established 501(c)3 agency-based programs that provide in- or out-of-school support addressing one of three key transition points: (1) third grade reading proficiency; (2) successful transition from middle to high school or (3) successful transition from high school to college/university. Eligible programs will track GPA growth, increased school attendance and standardized test score gains.

Health and Wellness

In this funding area, priority is given in three specific categories for established programs providing access to affordable, high quality health care services to low income residents in underserved communities: (1) Community Health Centers (preferably for those with an FQHC designation), in addition to some mobile health clinics; (2) K-12 School-based Health Centers; and (3) Agencies operating childhood obesity prevention and/or treatment programs. Only eligible programs reporting client outcomes will receive funding consideration.

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Guidelines for Funding Consideration

Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund supports eligible organizations and programs that help low income children, youth and families assess services to overcome obstacles impeding progress out of poverty and towards stabilization and self-sufficiency.

Funding consideration is given to programs that meet criteria in one of two funding areas. Programs must demonstrate evidence of impact through measurable client outcomes.  Read the foundation’s Program Evaluation Guide. 

Letter of Inquiry

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process is by invitation only. Please contact Kristin Overton for further information.

General Application Requirements

Eligible organizations/programs will:

  • Have 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status
  • Demonstrate one full year of program services and outcomes
  • Demonstrate a strong financial position
  • Serve residents of the Greater Chicago Metropolitan region
  • Report strong measurable outcomes and meet grantmaking criteria in one funding area

Ineligible funding requests:

  • Capital campaigns or endowments or other reserve funds
  • Public or private schools
  • Government agencies
  • Programs that do not fit funding guidelines or grantmaking strategies

The McCormick Foundation does not make grants to programs that would financially benefit the Chicago Bulls.

Additional Information

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Solicitation Disclosure

The Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund is a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. The Foundation has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, EIN #36-3689171. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A written acknowledgment will be sent for your records.

The McCormick Foundation is located at 205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 4300, Chicago, IL 60601. The Foundation can be contacted at 312.445.5044 or via email at A copy of the Foundation’s latest annual report and financial documents are available by request or online.

The Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund and the McCormick Foundation respect your right to privacy and do not trade or sell donor names. The complete privacy policy is available online.

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