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Chicago Blackhawks announce 2016 grants

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that $2,215,000 in grants has been awarded for the 2015-16 season. Chicago Blackhawks Charities (CBC) granted $1,515,000 to 16 organizations. In addition, through the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, $700,000 in grants has been awarded to 12 local nonprofits providing life-changing programs that help low-income children, families and adults move out of poverty toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. These local organizations share the Chicago Blackhawks’ commitment to child and youth education, health and wellness, and homelessness in Chicagoland.

The Chicago Blackhawks Community Assist Fund, established in 2009, is supported with major funding from Chicago Blackhawks Charities, which is matched at 50 cents on the dollar by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

“Chicago is filled with passionate fans and caring neighbors,” said David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “The McCormick Foundation and Chicago Blackhawks share a commitment to supporting remarkable community organizations that work to improve the lives of underserved youth, families and adults across Chicagoland. Together, we will continue to build a stronger community for all of us.”

Chicago Blackhawks Charities awarded grants to the following organizations:

- Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois

- American Indian Center

- Blackhawks Warriors

- Chicago Jesuit Academy

- Christ The King Jesuit College Preparatory High School

- Common Threads

- Ingenuity

- Inner City Education

- Moraine Valley Community College Foundation

- Neighbors' Development Network

- Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana

- The Field Museum

- Trickster Art Gallery

- Urban Initiatives

- USO of Illinois

Through the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, grants were awarded to the following organizations:

- All Chicago

- Beacon Therapeutic Diagnostic and Treatment Center

- Bottom Line

- Center for Companies That Care

- Embarc

- Mercy Housing Lakefront

- One Million Degrees

- OneGoal

- SOS Children's Village Illinois

- Teen Living Programs

- Thrive

- Umoja Student Development Corporation

About Chicago Blackhawks Charities

Blackhawks Charities pledges to support programs and institutions throughout Illinois that focus on health and wellness, education and housing, while striving to serve local citizens and impact the lives of youth and their families in and around the city of Chicago. Since its inception in October 1993, Blackhawks Charities, also in partnership with Robert R. McCormick Foundation, has granted over $14 million to local nonprofit organizations.

About the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund

The Chicago Blackhawks are proud of their long-standing tradition of helping those in need across Chicagoland. Deepening their commitment, the Blackhawks partnered with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation in 2009 and established the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund.

Through the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, grants are made to local nonprofit organizations making a difference for low-income children, adults and families. These qualified nonprofits provide life-changing programs that offer year-round education and mentoring for children and youth; and provide stable housing for the homeless.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and fans, and the 50% match from the McCormick Foundation, those less fortunate in our communities have a chance to improve their lives. With all expenses paid, 100% of donations, plus the match, is granted in Chicago and the suburbs. Since inception, 78 grants totaling more than $3,900,000 have been invested.

The Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund believes in creating communities that thrive. Together, we are building a stronger Chicagoland for tomorrow by investing in our children, adults and families today.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation’s mission is to foster communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. The McCormick Foundation, among the nation's largest foundations, was established in 1955 upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.

The McCormick Foundation’s Communities Program partners with media companies, sports teams, such as the Chicago Blackhawks, and philanthropic organizations across the country to help low-income children, adults and families become increasingly self-sufficient. Find out more at, follow us on Twitter (@McCormick_Fdn) and like us on Facebook (

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