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McCormick Foundation Launches Neighbors in Need 2008 Campaign for Midwest Flood Victims

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild
McCormick Foundation Launches Neighbors in Need 2008 Campaign for Midwest Flood Victims

CHICAGO, June 20, 2008 - The McCormick Foundation has teamed up with WGN Radio 720 AM, WGN-TV, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Tribune, CW4 Indiana, WCCO Radio and the NHL's Minnesota Wild to launch Neighbors in Need 2008, a disaster relief campaign to raise money for victims of the recent Midwest floods. The heavy storms that ripped through the Midwest have caused unprecedented flooding in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin.

The Neighbors in Need 2008 campaign will support nonprofit agencies providing short-term and long-term aid to flood victims in the five impacted states. The McCormick Foundation will match the first $1 million raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs will be paid by the Foundation, allowing all funds raised and all matching dollars to be granted directly to local organizations providing aid to victims and their families most devastated by the Midwest floods.

Those who wish to donate can do so any of the following:

1. Call the toll-free phone number 1-866-242-5006

2. Mail a check to
McCormick Foundation
435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 790
Attn: Neighbors in Need 2008
Chicago, IL 60611

3. Contribution to the Foundation's secure site at

The McCormick Foundation will accept donations to Neighbors in Need 2008 until June 30, 2008.

The McCormick Foundation has conducted disaster relief campaigns for 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and, most recently, for the southern California wildfires. The Foundation has a structure in place to ensure quick relief, which is vital after disaster situations. The McCormick Foundation's prior flood relief campaign in 1993 raised more than $1 million from thousands of donors nationwide. Funds raised assisted agencies like the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and America's Second Harvest.

About the McCormick Foundation and its Communities Program

The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its five grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, and three world-class museums, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. The Foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The Foundation is one of the nation's largest charities, with $1.2 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation's communities program is a unique grantmaking effort that stimulates local philanthropy and improves community life across the country.

Each year thousands of people make donations to the Foundation through various fundraising activities, including direct mail, online giving and special campaigns assisted by the Foundation's 32 newspaper, broadcast and sports team partners in communities nationwide.

For more information, please visit

Media Contact:

McCormick Foundation
Kristin Kiss 312.222.4502

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