Chicago Tribune Charities Announces Grants of $672,000 to Chicagoland Agencies Committed to Strengthening Families

    CHICAGO, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick
 Tribune Foundation Fund, announced that 25 agencies committed to
 strengthening families in the Chicago metropolitan area will receive grants
 totaling $672,000. Chicago Tribune readers' gifts through the newspaper's
 annual Holiday Giving campaign are a key source of funding for these
 grants. Grants are approved by the McCormick Tribune Foundation board of
 directors based on recommendations from the Foundation staff and a Chicago
 Tribune Charities advisory committee, which consists of Chicago Tribune
 employees.
     Chicago Tribune Charities family strengthening grants support four
 areas: domestic violence services, positive parenting, children's treatment
 and early intervention. "Whether it's providing shelter for a victim of
 domestic abuse, counseling children who have been neglected, helping babies
 and toddlers who have developmental delays or teaching positive parenting
 skills, these programs tackle the harrowing challenges faced by some
 families," said Janet Dobbs, Chicago Tribune director of development and
 co-chair of the Chicago Tribune Charities advisory committee.
     The following organizations in the domestic violence category received
 grants totaling $305,000:
     -- Apna Ghar, Inc.
     -- Chicago Abused Women's Coalition
     -- Community Crisis Center, Inc.
     -- Family Rescue, Inc.
     -- Family Shelter Service, Inc.
     -- House of the Good Shepherd, Inc.
     -- Lake County Crisis Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Domestic
        Violence
     -- Life Span
     -- Sarah's Inn
     -- South Suburban Family Shelter, Inc.
     The following organizations in the positive parenting category received
 grants totaling $220,000:
     -- Christopher House
     -- Community Youth Network
     -- Family Focus, Inc.
     -- Kids Hope United
     -- Metropolitan Family Services
     -- Parenthesis, Inc.
     -- Teen Parent Connection
     The following organizations in the children's treatment category
 received grants totaling $102,000:
     -- Advocate Charitable Foundation
     -- Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
     -- Children's Research Triangle
     -- Juvenile Protective Association
     -- Proviso Family Services, Inc.
     The following organizations in the early intervention category received
 grants totaling $45,000:
     -- Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired
     -- Esperanza Community Services
     -- Marklund Home, Inc.
     "The McCormick Tribune Foundation's communities program is a unique
 effort that stimulates local philanthropy and improves community life
 across the country," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive
 officer of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. "In 2005, on the strength of
 people's generosity and the role of each partner in their community,
 including Chicago Tribune, the Foundation was able to make 1600 grants,
 totaling more than $60 million."
     About Chicago Tribune Charities
     Chicago Tribune Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation,
 annually raises millions of dollars from generous Tribune readers through
 the Chicago Tribune Holiday Giving campaign. These gifts, plus matching
 funds from McCormick Tribune Foundation, provide funding for grants to
 organizations that help alleviate hunger, promote reading and literacy, and
 strengthen families. Chicago Tribune and McCormick Tribune Foundation cover
 all administrative and promotional expenses, so that every cent of every
 dollar donated goes to work in supporting non-profit organizations, and 100
 percent of the funds raised and matched stay in the Chicagoland area. In
 2005 alone, 170 grants totaling more than $6.3 million were distributed
 throughout Chicagoland.
     Chicago Tribune Charities represents a partnership between the
 McCormick Tribune Foundation and Chicago Tribune. The mission of Chicago
 Tribune Charities is in keeping with both the mission of the Foundation's
 Communities Program, to stimulate local philanthropy and improve community
 life, and the company's mission, which is to help people throughout
 Chicagoland engage their world and to strive every day to make a difference
 for the communities the company serves that goes well beyond words. For
 more information about Chicago Tribune Charities, please visit:
 http://www.chicagotribune.com/about/custom/community .
     About the 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 http://www.McCormickTribune.org .
     The McCormick Tribune Foundation's communities program is a unique
 effort that stimulates local philanthropy and improves community life
 across the country. To encourage donations, the Foundation matches, up to
 pre-determined limits, contributions from its general funds at the rate of
 50 cents on the dollar and then makes grants directly to nonprofits in the
 communities from which the donations were made. The Foundation and the
 partners cover all campaign administrative costs, so 100 percent of the
 public's generosity, plus the match earned, goes directly to agencies
 providing critical services in each community.
 
 

SOURCE Chicago Tribune Charities

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