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.
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