05/25/2010 4:31 PM - From chicagoblackhawks.com: (link)
The McCormick Foundation and Chicago Blackhawk Charities (CBC) are pleased to announce the creation of the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation.
Priority areas of focus for the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund include the following:
- Aiding those who are homeless, ill, abused or otherwise at risk
- Treating individuals suffering from disabling effects of physical injury
- Facilitating positive educational experiences for youth
CBC donations, plus the Foundation match, will be granted to thoroughly screened nonprofit organizations providing critical services to the Chicagoland community. Additionally, the McCormick Foundation and CBC will absorb all administrative costs, ensuring that 100 percent of every dollar donated to the Fund, and the matching dollars, will be available for grants to nonprofit agencies.
“The Blackhawks and their fans are winners on and off the ice,” said David D. Hiller, president and CEO of the McCormick Foundation. “We are so proud to team up with them to provide help for Chicagoans most in need.”
“This partnership will allow Chicago Blackhawk Charities to extend its reach further than ever before,” said John McDonough, President of the Chicago Blackhawks. “Working with McCormick Foundation gives both organizations the opportunity to make an enormous positive impact on the city of Chicago for many years to come.”
The Chicago Blackhawks join the Foundation’s nationwide network of Communities Program partners, which include newspapers, broadcasters and sports teams. In 2009, the Communities Program and its partners raised more than $11.6 million from tens of thousands of donors, and granted nearly $22 million to nonprofit agencies from coast to coast.
About Chicago Blackhawk Charities
As the official charity of the Blackhawks, Chicago Blackhawk Charities pledges to support programs and institutions throughout Illinois that work towards creating a better tomorrow for the youth of today. CBC believes in a series of fundamental principles that collectively serve to support local citizens and better the lives of youth in and around the city of Chicago. Since it began in October of 1993, Chicago Blackhawk Charities has granted over $7.5 million for local nonprofit organizations that focus on homelessness; physical injury; health, fitness, and teamwork; drug use, gang violence, and crime; and education. For more information, please visit the Chicago Blackhawks.
About the McCormick Foundation
The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its six grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, museums and civic outreach program the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. It was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with more than $1 billion in assets. For more information, please visit the McCormick Foundation.