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Shine Bright Chicago - McCormick Foundation Communities Matching Fund

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Together, we can give everyone a fair chance to reach for their dreams. No matter their geography, race, or income.

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You can build a brighter future for all

Chicago is a city of opportunity, but some kids and families are being left behind. They live in communities facing serious challenges where it’s a struggle to find the path to a better life.

Yet there's reason for hope.

There’s power for real change that lives in our communities. Dedicated people are working in their own neighborhoods to develop smart, creative solutions. They just need your support to bring these solutions to life.

You can join them in building a brighter future by making a donation to the McCormick Foundation Communities Program.

You give 150% when you donate today

Your gift will have more impact because the McCormick Foundation will match your donation at 50 cents on the dollar and will cover all expenses. That means 100% of your gift, plus the 50% match, will go directly to nonprofit organizations working across Chicagoland to give kids and families a quality education, healthy and safe communities, and access to good paying jobs.

Together, we can give 150% to make the communities we call home better places for us all to live and work.

Will you give to the McCormick Foundation Communities Program today?

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Past Grantees

The following organizations are just a sample of agencies we've supported in the past.

Child and Youth Education

  • Chicago Scholars Foundation
  • Enlace Chicago
  • Gads Hill Center
  • Outreach Community Ministries Inc.
  • Reading in Motion
  • Teamwork Englewood
  • The Posse Foundation Inc.
  • Umoja Student Development Corporation

Family Strengthening

  • Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County
  • Children's Research Triangle
  • Children's Home & Aid Society of Illinois
  • Family Focus Inc.
  • La Rabida Children's Hospital
  • Metropolitan Family Services
  • Mujeres Latinas En Accion
  • Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center

Health and Wellness

  • Action for Healthy Kids, Inc.
  • Ann & Robert Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
  • Center on Halsted
  • Chicago Parks Foundation
  • Erie Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Girls in the Game
  • Heartland International Health Center
  • Lawndale Christian Health Center
  • Near West Side Community Development Corporation, Inc.
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
  • Union League Boys & Girls Clubs
  • Urban Initiatives


  • All Chicago Making Homelessness History/Chicago Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Crisis Center for South Suburbia
  • South Suburban Family Shelter


  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Northern IL Food Bank


  • Albany Park Community Center Inc.
  • Arab American Family Services
  • Breakthrough Urban Ministries Inc.
  • Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition
  • Chicago Commons Association
  • District 214 Education Foundation
  • Greater Auburn Gresham Development Corporation
  • Heartland Human Care Services Inc.
  • Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • Literacy Connection
  • North Lawndale Employment Network
  • Safer Foundation

Workforce Development

  • Chicago Jobs Council
  • Chinese American Service League, Inc.
  • Greater West Town Community Development Project
  • Growing Home Inc.
  • Heartland Human Care Services Inc.
  • Inspiration Corporation
  • Institute for Latino Progress
  • Jane Addams Resource Corporation
  • Jewish Vocational Service and Employment Center
  • OAI Inc.
  • Polish American Association
  • St. Leonard's Ministries
  • Women Employed
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Together we can give 150%. Your donations do more and go farther when you give to the McCormick Foundation Communities Matching Fund.

Every dollar you give to the Communities Program is matched at 50 cents on the dollar by the McCormick Foundation and none of it goes to expenses.

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You're supporting effective, local nonprofits and community-led programs because the McCormick Foundation makes sure grants are made to those having great impact.

You're a part of creating real, lasting change that meets immediate needs while addressing underlying causes.

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