CHICAGO, Sept. 30, 2005-The McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign has announced its first round of approved grants totaling $1.5 million to America's Second Harvest, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. These grants-comprised of donor funds-will help support front-line emergency services to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
- America's Second Harvest-($500,000) will help support efforts to stabilize food distribution services in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
- American Red Cross National Headquarters-($500,000) will help provide housing and shelter, financial assistance, meal services and mental health services to victims in the Gulf Coast.
- The Salvation Army-($500,000) will help provide food, water, shelter and employment opportunities for low-income individuals and families in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi.
Together with 46 communities program partners, the foundation established the McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign to raise money for victims of the hurricane, which swept through the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29.
"Due to the rapid and generous response of thousands of donors and our communities program partners, the McCormick Tribune Foundation was able to raise $2 million in just four days," said David L. Grange, president and chief executive officer of the foundation. "This remarkable response has allowed the foundation to get funds out to organizations serving those in need as quickly as possible."
While the McCormick Tribune Foundation is no longer matching donations 50 cents to the dollar, it will continue to accept and encourage donations to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign. Donors can be assured that 100 percent of all funds raised will be granted to local agencies to help hurricane victims meet basic human needs: food, shelter, health care and other necessities. Additionally, all administrative costs associated with the campaign will continue to be covered by the McCormick Tribune Foundation.
To date, the McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Campaign has raised more than $8.7 million from more than 44,000 donors. With the addition of the $1 million in matching dollars provided by the foundation, more than $9.7 is available for grantmaking purposes.
Those who wish to donate can call the toll-free phone number 1-800-508-2848 or mail a check to McCormick Tribune Foundation, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 790, Chicago, IL 60611. Online donations can be made over a secure site: www.mccormicktribune.org.
46 Relief Campaign Partner Participants
Daily Press Newport News, VA
Denver Newspaper Agency
KDBC-TV El Paso
KPLR-TV St. Louis
KSWB San Diego
KTLA-TV Los Angeles
The Morning Call
North County Times
WBDC-TV Washington, D.C.
WGN Radio 720
WPIX-TV New York
WPMT-TV Central Pennsylvania
WXMI-TV Grand Rapids
About the McCormick Tribune Foundation's Communities Program
The only program of its kind in the country, the McCormick Tribune Foundation's communities program is designed to encourage and improve the social and economic conditions of 32 communities nationwide by leveraging the knowledge and local presence of newspapers, television and radio stations, and sports organizations around the U.S. To date the communities program has awarded $617 million in grants to local and national organizations.
About the McCormick Tribune Foundation
The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation's largest charitable organizations, with combined assets of approximately $1.5 billion. In 2004, the foundation approved the distribution of more than $109 million to invest in children, communities and our country in an effort to strengthen our democratic society through innovative partnerships. The foundation, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2005, was established as a charitable trust upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is an independent nonprofit, separate from Tribune Co., with substantial holdings in Tribune Co.
The foundation provides assistance in four program areas - communities, education, journalism and citizenship - and funds a special initiatives program. Through its grants, the foundation seeks to improve the social and economic environment; encourage a free and responsible discussion of issues affecting the nation; enhance the effectiveness of American education; and stimulate responsible citizenship. For more information, visit www.mccormicktribune.org.