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Chicago White Sox Community Fund

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Your gift will be matched at 50%

The Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a fund of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to helping Chicagoans reach their full potential by funding nonprofit organizations with a focus on improving the lives of at-risk children and families.

History

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

The McCormick Foundation matches all donations to the Chicago White Sox Community Fund at fifty cents on the dollar. With the Chicago White Sox and the Foundation paying all campaign and administrative expenses, one hundred percent of all donations, plus the match is granted to qualified nonprofit 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, more than $3.5 million in grants has been distributed through the Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund improving the lives of those in need and transforming the community.

Issue Areas

Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment

This funding area supports two primary models, 1) Positive Parenting targets families at risk of abuse or neglect by a) supporting established programs which enable low income families, through a variety of service modalities, to build upon their strengths and develop new skills as parents, and b) supporting established programs wherein the majority of participants are voluntary and are not involved with the Child Welfare system. 2) Children’s Treatment supports a) therapeutic programs which enable children to process and heal from the trauma of abuse; b) programs which provide comprehensive services to the entire family and assist the family in preventing further abuse; c) establish educational and/or therapeutic programs for children who have witnessed domestic violence. This category also provides systems support to programs that enhance services to families. Priority is given to programs that use evidence-based tools to track behavioral changes in parents/children in the areas of decreased trauma, increased behavioral functioning, and/or changes in strength of relationship attachment.

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.

Youth Education

This funding area supports agencies with established academic intervention program strategies in one of the two transition stages that serve academically underperforming children and youth.  Priority is given to programs that track student performance outcomes.  The stages includes: (1) Postsecondary Access. Required outcomes include demonstrated improvement in high school core course performance (GPA tracking), attendance, comprehensive college preparation services, and high school graduation and college enrollment rates. (2) Postsecondary Persistence. Required outcomes include college matriculation, access to academic and non-cognitive support services and completion.

Apply for a Grant

Grant Application Process for 2019 Grants

The Letter of Inquiry (LOI) application process for 2019 grant consideration was open from June 1, 2018 through July 13, 2018.

If your agency received a grant in 2018, you will automatically receive a 2019 grant application in mid September (unless otherwise notified). For returning grantees, a Letter of Inquiry is not required if you are applying for the same program.

If your agency received a transition grant in 2016 or earlier, the agency's program is ineligible for future funding consideration.

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 include:

  • 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 White Sox.

Contact Info

Christine O'Reilly
Executive Director, Chicago White Sox Charities
Chicago White Sox   
333 W. 35th St.
Chicago, IL 60616

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Solicitation Disclosure

The Chicago White Sox Community 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 development@mccormickfoundation.org. A copy of the Foundation’s latest annual report and financial documents are available by request or online.

The Chicago White Sox Community 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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