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McCormick Tribune Foundation Board Approves Third-Quarter Grants to 41 Agencies

New grants affirm commitment to children, communities and country

Kristin Gallagher

CHICAGO, November 3, 2006

The McCormick Tribune Foundation board of directors continued its commitment to children, communities and country by approving a total of $6.9 million to 41 agencies throughout the nation. More than $2.2 million of that amount will go to Chicago-area organizations. (For a complete record of grants awarded, please see attached listing).

"The McCormick Tribune Foundation is committed to ensuring our work is linked to today’s most pressing societal needs," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "This quarter, we actively pursued synergies between our grantmaking areas, museums and recreational services. This unified focus continues to make big things possible for our children, communities and country."

To keep early care and education issues at the forefront of the state and local legislative policy agendas, the foundation approved $350,000 grants each to Illinois Action for Children and the Ounce of Prevention Fund. These grants will support public policy efforts to build a high quality system of care and education for all children with the priority placed on the needs of low-income working parents.

Aligned with the Foundation’s commitment to addressing community needs, a $175,000 grant was approved for Children’s Bureau of Southern California through its communities program’s KTLA-TV Charities Fund (Los Angeles). The grant will fund Families Unlimited, a child abuse prevention and treatment program for 5,200 low-income children, under the age of six, and their parents.

The foundation also awarded $750,000 to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History (NMAH), an organization aligned with the Foundation’s belief that a well-educated citizenry is important to preserving America’s free, democratic society. The grant will help fund the Star-Spangled Banner Gallery, which will preserve and display the American flag that inspired the National Anthem in a new exhibit space within the remodeled NMAH building.

In addition, the board authorized the journalism program to launch a new youth voices initiative that will invest in teen journalism projects. The board also approved $200,000 for a series of specialized reporting institutes that will improve journalists’ ability to cover timely, complex topics that are vital for citizen knowledge and engagement. Topics for consideration include immigrant remittances, presidential primaries and post-traumatic disorder of soldiers returning from Iraq.

Third-quarter grants include:


Communities Program Grants

WB2 Gives Fund (Denver)
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Denver $119,000
JA Worldwide $156,000
KSWB Cares for Kids Fund (San Diego)
Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Inland North County $126,000
St. Vincent de Paul Village, Inc. $112,000
YMCA of San Diego County – Magdalena Ecke Branch $126,000
KTLA-TV Charities Fund (Los Angeles)
Boys and Girls Club of Hollywood $130,000
Children’s Bureau of Southern California $175,000
LA’s BEST $280,000
ABC 26/WB38 Children First (New Orleans)
Bridge House Corporation $203,000
Fox 61 Family Fund (Hartford)
National Conference for Community and Justice $250,000
Orlando Sentinel Family Fund
Boys & Girls Club of Volusia County $161,000
Philadelphia’s WB17 Cares
Support Center for Child Advocates $120,000
Q13 Fox Cares Fund (Seattle)
JA Worldwide $160,000
Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund (Ft. Lauderdale)
Broward Partnership for the Homeless $125,000
WB33 Kids Fund (Dallas)
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation $161,000
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – North Texas Chapter $175,000
Total $2,579,000

Education Program Grants

Public Policy
Illinois Action for Children $350,000
Ounce of Prevention Fund $350,000
Quality Assurance Strategies
Dolores Kohl Education Foundation – Teaching Awards $250,000
Dolores Kohl Education Foundation – StoryBus $605,000
Total $1,555,000

Journalism Program Grants

Free Speech
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press $125,000
World Press Institute $75,000
News Leadership
American Society of Newspaper Editors Foundation, Inc. $150,000
Community Renewal Society $100,000
International Women’s Media Foundation $75,000
Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education $100,000
Minnesota Public Radio / American Public Media $75,000
Northwestern University – Media Management Center $300,000
National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation $50,000
NAMME Foundation
Pacific News Service
Radio & Television News Directors Foundation $150,000
Journalism Education
Center for Media and Security, Ltd. $80,000
International Center for Journalists, Inc. $100,000
Northwestern University – Medill School of Journalism $80,000
Youth Voices
Columbia College $105,000
Illinois First Amendment Center $80,000
Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum $50,000
Radio and Television News Directors Foundation $60,000
Student Press Law Center $50,000
Total $2,030,000

Special Initiatives Program Grants

Non-Chicago Institution
Smithsonian Institution – National Museum of American History $750,000
Total $750,000
Third-Quarter Grand Total $6,914,000

McCormick Tribune Foundation

The McCormick Tribune Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to making life better for our children, communities and country. Through its charitable grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, Cantigny First Division Foundation and the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, the Foundation is able to positively impact people’s lives and stay true to its mission of advancing the ideals of a free, democratic society. The Foundation is an independent nonprofit, separate from the Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in the Tribune Co. For more information, please visit our Web site www.McCormickTribune.org.