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Grantees' Impact

The McCormick Foundation’s Civics Program supports civic engagement, service and civic leadership programs for youth in Illinois.

Since 2000, the McCormick Foundation Civics Program (formerly the Citizenship Program) has dedicated nearly $7 million to programs that promote youth civic engagement and volunteerism. Here is how some of our grantees have made a difference in their communities:

  • The Mikva Challenge Foundation trained and placed over 1,800 high school students in polling places throughout Chicago to serve as election judges during the November 2008 Presidential elections


  • Since 2001, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago has engaged over 1,300 local high school students and their teachers each year in public policy discussions and community service projects


  • In late 2008 the DuPage Regional Office of Education, the League of Women Voters, the Chambers of Commerce, the Social Studies Chairs of the College of DuPage and others convened the second Regional Summit on Civic Education with the goal of building long-term partnerships to enhance civic engagement and civic responsibility.


Though veterans support programs are no longer a Civics Program funding priority, we are proud of our past partnerships in this area and of our grantees’ numerous accomplishments. The Foundation still supports many of these initiatives through our other program areas.