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In 2008, through the support of our generous donors and each local partner, the Communities Program raised more than $22 million and made 1,200 grants.

The McCormick Foundation’s Communities Program is a unique effort that stimulates local philanthropy and improves community life across the country. Each year, thousands of people make donations to the Foundation through various fundraising activities, including direct mail, online giving and special campaigns, assisted by the Foundation’s newspaper, broadcast and sports team partners in communities nationwide. 

In 2008, through donors’ generosity and the efforts of each partner in the community, the Program raised more than $23 million and made 1,200 grants totaling over $33 million. These grants provided vital services to those in need.

To encourage giving, the Communities Program matches donors’ contributions at 50 cents on the dollar. Our 15 program partners, described in more detail below, help us reach out to donors across the nation.

The monies raised from the public, plus the Foundation's matching dollars, are then re-distributed to nonprofit organizations in the communities in which the funds were raised. In this way, donors are helping to address social and economic challenges right in their own communities.

National Campaign
When the need arises, the Communities Program also conducts national campaigns with its program partners. In August 2005, the Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign was established to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Thanks to the rapid and generous response of thousands of donors, the Foundation and its partners raised more than $9.4 million from nearly 47,000 donors, and the foundation added $1 million in matching funds to this amount. One hundred percent of the funds raised, plus the matching dollars, have been granted to local agencies to help hurricane victims meet basic human needs and improve their long-term skills.