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Nov 5 2012

First $500,000 raised will be matched by Foundation at 50 cents on the dollar

CHICAGO, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Robert R. McCormick Foundation has teamed up with Newsday and News 12 Long Island to raise money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, which battered the East Coast and left thousands of Long Islanders struggling with the damage, destruction and grief from the record-setting storm.

The Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief, a campaign of Newsday Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund, will support nonprofit agencies providing disaster assistance and recovery efforts to those hardest hit on Long Island by Hurricane Sandy. The McCormick Foundation will match the first $500,000 raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs will be paid, allowing 100 percent of all funds raised, plus the match, to be granted directly to nonprofit organizations helping those most affected by the storm.

Those who wish to donate* can do any of the following:

  1. Find out more and donate online: newsday.com/sandyrelief
  2. Call the toll-free phone number 1-800-931-5707
  3. Mail a check payable to:
    Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief
    Newsday Charities Processing Center
    25257 Network Place
    Chicago, IL 60673-1252

*Please note: only monetary donations are accepted. In kind gifts, such as water, supplies, etc. cannot be processed by the Foundation.

The McCormick Foundation has conducted many disaster relief campaigns, including 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, southern California wildfires and the 2008 Midwest flooding. The Foundation has a structure in place to ensure quick relief, which is vital after disaster situations. The McCormick Foundation's Hurricane Katrina relief effort in 2005 raised more than $2 million in just four days, which was matched at 50 percent by the Foundation. In total, the Foundation and its partners raised more than $9.4 million from nearly 47,000 donors. Funds raised assisted agencies such as America's Second Harvest, the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation 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 foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation continues McCormick's legacy by partnering with media outlets, such as Newsday, sports teams and philanthropic organizations across the country, to encourage local giving, inspire civic involvement and address human needs. Since 2000, through Newsday Charities, over 350 grants totaling more than $10 million have been awarded to nonprofit organizations on Long Island. To learn more about the McCormick Foundation visit www.McCormickFoundation.org

SOURCE Robert R. McCormick Foundation



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