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Our Commitment

The WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, is committed to improving the lives of underserved kids by funding nonprofit agencies throughout Chicagoland with programs that help them learn, thrive and succeed.

Grants are provided through the Neediest Kids Fund to agencies with programs focused on

The complete grant guidelines, application procedures and additional information for the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund are available online.

The 2015 Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and grant application process is currently closed. 

Contact Info

Lesley Kennedy (Child & Youth Education Programs)
Kashif Shaikh (Childhood Hunger Programs)

WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund

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In 1992, WGN Radio expanded its long-term commitment to helping at-risk kids in Chicagoland and partnered with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to establish the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund.

The WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund is committed to helping disadvantaged children in our community. With the generous support of donors and matching funds provided by the McCormick Foundation, grants are made to qualified nonprofit organizations with programs that concentrate on child and youth education and childhood hunger.

Since inception, nearly $19.2 million has been granted through the WGN Radio Neediest Kids fund, making a positive impact in the lives of young people every year.

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The Neediest Kids Fund is simply outstanding! Every donation is matched at 50%...How could you not love that?
Philly - Ingleside, IL

The WGN Neediest Kids Fund is one of the best ways to support our community!


I love the long term commitment WGN has had to helping kids...You can feel the care of the radio personalities for this cause.
Patrice – Wheaton, IL

Robert R. McCormick Foundation
205 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60601

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205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 4300
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312 445 5000
Fax: 312 445 5001
Email: info@mccormickfoundation.org