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Building a brighter future for everyone

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Chicagoland can’t truly be a great place for any of us to live until it’s a great place for all of us.

Every person who lives here deserves a chance to reach for their dreams, but many people in our region experience more than their fair share of challenges. These challenges are real, and they disproportionately affect some communities more than others. But together, we can write a different story.

When you donate to the McCormick Foundation Communities Program, you help expand opportunities for every Chicagoan, regardless of ZIP code, race, or income. We’re working together with local organizations, community leaders, and donors to help ensure every child gets a quality education, every adult has a pathway to stable employment, and every family has access to health and wellness services.

Here are just a few of the individuals served by local organizations receiving grants from the McCormick Foundation thanks to generous support from donors like you.

Pia

Pia felt lost when she returned to Chicago after 30 years of military service. Then, she found her path working at a nonprofit that helps veterans experiencing homelessness to find stable employment. Now, she’s getting support in her new line of work from Chicago Jobs Council, an organization that provides training to people like Pia who work with disadvantaged jobseekers.

Xavier

Xavier was falling behind his third-grade classmates in reading. Then, he started attending LV Reads, a literacy intervention program at Erie House, a nonprofit in Little Village. Now, his reading is improving and he’s starting to enjoy books. In the future, he dreams of becoming an animator and creating stories about heroes like those in his favorite books.

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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