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Chicago Blackhawks Charities - Letter of Inquiry

Any nonprofit organization (NPO) interested in receiving funding consideration for the very first time from either the Chicago Blackhawks Charities or the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation fund, is required to submit a completed LOI.

To receive funding consideration, an NPO must operate a program that fits the funding guidelines for either fund and must be in stable financial health. Before submitting an LOI, review the funding guidelines of both Chicago Blackhawks Charities and the McCormick Foundation.

Submitting a Letter of Inquiry

We are no longer accepting letters of inquiry for 2017. Please check back for more information about next year's submission process.

LOI Requirements

The LOI must include the following:

  • A two page letter describing the NPO's mission and the specific program for which you seek grant support.
  • Be specific about the program's intentional goals, target population, operations and outcome measurements from the previous year of program operation.
  • Please attach one (1) copy of the following required documents:

- IRS 501(c)3 - most recent federal tax exempt determination letter
- Most recent audited financial statements or IRS990 (if audit not available)
- A list of members of the NPO's board of directors

Application Requirements

Eligible organizations/programs will:

  • Have 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status
  • Demonstrate one full year of program services and outcomes
  • Demonstrate a strong financial position
  • Serve residents of the Greater Chicago Metropolitan region
  • Report strong measurable outcomes and meet grantmaking criteria in one funding area

Ineligible funding requests:

  • Capital campaigns or endowments or other reserve funds
  • Public, private or charter schools
  • Government agencies
  • Programs that do not fit funding guidelines or grantmaking strategies