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Resilient and Committed

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to long-term solutions that pay dividends for generations. The success of our investments depends on the strength of organizations that have a passion for their neighborhoods. High-impact strategies, vibrant networks of residents, businesses, and other community stakeholders, and resilience characterize their programs.

We partner with Teamwork Englewood and support several organizations and initiatives catalyzing change. Community-based programs are lifting up entrepreneurs, connecting residents with jobs, helping children succeed, and improving public safety, guided by a community-driven plan.

Applications for funding are extended by invitation only. At this time, unsolicited letters of inquiry are not accepted.

Community Snapshot

Unemployment and graduation rates for Greater Englewood have improved significantly over the past decade, but still are not on par with the rest of Chicago. The Foundation continues to prioritize Greater Englewood investments that impacts youth, families, and re-entry population to further improve these outcomes.


Nearly 75% of students graduated in 2021, up 26 points since 2008.

University of Chicago To and Through Project


Unemployment has declined steadily since 2014, but remains higher than the city of Chicago’s overall unemployment rate (8.1%)

Heartland Alliance Chicago Community Data Portal


Teamwork Englewood has helped 1,500 returning individuals find employment since 2017.

Teamwork Englewood


It is harder to find fresh food in Englewood; the citywide share is 87.7%.

Chicago Health Atlas

Grants & Partners Since 2020


The Foundation invests in a broad range of social service, business, and job training programs.

Total Organization
$3,055,000 Teamwork Englewood Uniting the many organizations serving Englewood residents and working toward the common goal of building a stronger community. Learn More
$1,100,000 Greater Englewood Chamber Foundation A Neighborhood Business Development Center supporting the needs of small business owners all across Englewood. Learn More
$350,000 Thriving Fathers & Families Chicago Supporting dads as they strive to become better assets to their children, to their families and their communities. Learn More
$300,000 Englewood Women’s Initiative Removing barriers and connecting women with resources to support safe, healthy and thriving families. Learn More
$180,000 Growing Home Serving local communities through paid innovative employment training and local, healthy, affordable food. Learn More

Englewood Community

Community Capital

Chicago’s South and West Sides boast significant assets, from legacy commercial corridors to historic buildings. The Foundation is uniquely positioned to identify investment opportunities to enhance economic and community development, and grow employment through our community partnerships and civic relationships.

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Public Safety

We have seen firsthand how community-based efforts, backed by citywide investment, is interrupting violence. Improving public safety starts with creating viable paths to economic opportunity, including workforce training, health care, and jobs.

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