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McCormick Tribune Foundation Affirms Commitment to Children and Communities Board Approves Second-Quarter Grants to 18 Agencies


Contact: Kristin Gallagher
312.222.4502
KGallagher@mccormickfoundation.org


CHICAGO, June 15, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Foundation board of directors continued its commitment to children and communities by approving a total of $3.2 million to 18 agencies throughout the nation. More than $1.7 million of that amount will go to Chicago-area organizations. Examples of these grants are outlined below. (For a complete record of grants awarded please see attached listing).

In an effort to provide quality early care and education in Illinois, the foundation approved a $185,000 grant to support the Chicago Program Evaluation Project (C-PEP). The grant will evaluate half-day Head Start, half-day State Pre-Kindergarten and full-day early childhood education programs in order to help Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Department of Children and Youth Services improve all of their early childhood programs, which together serve about 27,000 children. Specifically, C-PEP will evaluate how these programs contribute to the healthy development and school success of children at risk of academic failure.

Aligned with the foundation’s commitment to addressing community needs, a $175,000 grant was approved for Kids In Distress, Inc. through the communities program’s Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). The grant will fund social services—counseling, foster care, medical services, shelter and therapeutic preschools—that help approximately 6,000 children and families dealing with abuse and neglect in south Florida.

The foundation also awarded $25,000 to the AFFNA DEA Museum Foundation, an organization aligned with the foundation’s belief that an educated citizenry is essential to improving community life across the country. The grant will help fund the traveling exhibit "Target America: Opening Eyes to the Damage Drugs Cause," which will illustrate the consequences of illegal drugs on children, communities, and the human body at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry.

"The McCormick Tribune Foundation has been able to seize opportunities that support our children and communities through partnerships with charitable agencies and some of the nation’s leading newspapers, television stations and sports teams," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "This quarter, we have fine-tuned our grants to ensure maximum impact throughout Chicagoland and the nation."

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Second-quarter grants include the following organizations:



Communities Program Grants
CLTV Charities (Chicago)
B.U.I.L.D., Inc. $105,000
WGN-TV (Chicago)
Chinese American Service League $119,000
Mission of Our Lady Mercy $280,000
KSWB Care for Kids Fund (San Diego)
Boys & Girls Club of East County, Inc. $140,000
North County Times Charities Fund (Escondido)
North County Interfaith Council, Inc. $175,000
Houston’s WB Care For Kids
JA Worldwide $183,000
Orlando Sentinel Family Fund
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Inc. $123,500
Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Inc. $127,500
Salvation Army – Orange County $190,000
Post/News Charities (Denver
National Jewish Medical & Research Center $140,000
Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund
Broward Public Library Foundation, Inc. $207,000
Kids In Distress, Inc. $175,000
Total
$1,965,000

Education Program Grants
Chicago Program Evaluation Project c/o The Erikson Institute $185,000
Illinois Network of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies $400,000
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child $250,000
Window to the World of Communications, Inc. $66,000
Voices for Illinois Children $350,000
Total
$1,251,000

Special Initiatives Program Grants
AFFNA DEA Museum Foundation $25,000
Total
$25,000
Second-Quarter Grand Total
$3,241,000

About the McCormick Tribune Foundation
The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charitable organizations and encompasses:

  • Five grantmaking programs— citizenship, communities, education, journalism and special initiatives
  • Cantigny Park & Golf
  • Three world-class museums: Cantigny First Division Museum, the Robert R. McCormick Museum and the new McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum

A focus on children, communities and country unites the foundation and its many parts and keep us true to our mission of advancing the ideals of a free and democratic society. The foundation is an independent nonprofit, separate from Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in Tribune Co. For more information about the foundation and its efforts, please visit www.McCormickTribune.org.