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Together, we can move CHICAGO FORWARD

In Chicago, there are currently 50,000 out of work and out of school 16 to 24-year-olds. They’re considered "opportunity youth." For various reasons, the number of opportunity youth in our city has remained stagnant, in spite of the various resources that may be available to this population.
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Thrive Chicago, one of the Foundation’s leading partner organizations, brought together a coalition of stakeholders who care about this challenge, to address the needs of this population. One of the key reasons why young people continue to be disconnected from work and school is due to the fact that they cannot navigate all of the services they need to get back on track.

Thrive worked with local organizations in two neighborhoods — Roseland and Little Village — to bring all the programs and services together. This creates the opportunity to understand the holistic set of needs of each youth and best address them. As a result, the Reconnection Hub was born.

This is just one example of how your gift helps fuel programs that work, address the root causes of problems, and help opportunity youth rise to succeed. It’s our hope that you will join the Foundation in our efforts to support organizations that create pathways for better lives for everyone.

Since 1955, the McCormick Foundation’s investments in local organizations aims to strengthen our democracy and to help ensure that people, especially our youth, have equitable access to the opportunities they need to flourish.

Make a gift today and help fund leading organizations working in Chicagoland, like Thrive, to provide a better life for our next generation of active citizens – our kids.

Why give to the McCormick Foundation Communities Program?

Your donation is matched at 50 cents on the dollar, and 100% of funds raised go to local nonprofits.
We turn every $1 you donate into $1.50 and every $100 into $150. Then, we cover all expenses associated with your donation and pass along 100% of your gift — plus the 50% match — directly to local nonprofits working to solve the most pressing challenges in Chicagoland communities.

Your support helps people across Chicagoland access opportunities for good jobs, quality education, and healthy lifestyles.
We focus our grants and support on areas where some of the most significant challenges and disparities exist in Chicagoland: jobs and economic opportunity, health and wellness, and education. This focus was based on research and input from the communities we serve. By approaching them comprehensively, we’re able to address the root causes of Chicago’s most significant problems.

Your donations help Chicago communities thrive.
We believe that lasting change comes from within our communities. That’s why we look to the people who live and work in Chicagoland communities to identify their needs and priorities, and find solutions. Outcomes include everything from the creation of high-quality jobs, to improved college success and safer neighborhoods.

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

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