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Chicago Blackhawks announce 2017 grantees

by Chicago Blackhawks Media Relations /

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that $2,473,333 in total has been awarded to grant recipients for the 2016-17 season. Chicago Blackhawks Charities (CBC) granted $1,638,333 to 16 organizations across Chicagoland that share the Blackhawks commitment to child and youth education, health and wellness, and homelessness. Additionally, through the Chicago Blackhawks Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, 13 local nonprofits received $835,000 in grants supporting life-changing programs that help low-income children, families and adults move out of poverty toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. This season's grant disbursement marked an 11 percent increase from the 2015-16 season.

The Chicago Blackhawks Community 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.

"We are so thankful for the opportunity to continue partnering with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to award these grants," said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. "Collectively, we can make an enduring impact on our community by supporting groups that combat homelessness in Chicago and provide assistance for education opportunities, health and wellness."

"We know that the Chicago Blackhawks believe in creating communities that thrive," said David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. "Together, we are investing in great front-line programs that provide vital services to children, adults, and families. We are incredibly proud to support these efforts, knowing that they help build stronger communities."

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

  • All Chicago Making Homelessness History
  • Bottom Line
  • Center on Halsted
  • Embarc
  • Genesys Works
  • One Million Degrees
  • OneGoal
  • Primo Center for Women and Children
  • SOS Children's Village Illinois
  • Teen Living Programs
  • The Posse Foundation
  • Thrive Chicago
  • Umoja Student Development Corporation

Chicago Blackhawks Charities awarded grants to the following organizations:

  • Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Jesuit Academy
  • Christ The King
  • Common Threads
  • Esperanza Health Center
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana
  • Girls in the Game
  • Inner City Education
  • Neighbors' Development Network
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Salute, Inc.
  • The Field Museum
  • Trickster Art Gallery
  • Urban Initiatives
  • USO of Illinois

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 percent match from the McCormick Foundation, those less fortunate in our communities have a chance to improve their lives. With all expenses paid, 100 percent of donations, plus the match, is granted in Chicago and the suburbs. Since inception, 102 grants totaling more than $5,264,000 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 to help low-income children, adults and families transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Find out more at, follow us on Twitter (@McCormick_Fdn) and like us on Facebook (

About Chicago Blackhawks Charities
Chicago Blackhawks Charities focuses on health and wellness, education and housing, 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, Chicago Blackhawks Charities has granted over $16 million to local nonprofit organizations that fit within our mission.

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