While reading the mission statement for the McCormick Foundation, I felt very tempted to hum patriotic music, the likes of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” or something like that. The statement says, “Our mission is to advance the ideals of a free, democratic society by investing in our children, communities and country.”
Established in 1955 as a charitable trust after the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, who was “longtime editor and publisher” of the Chicago Tribune, the foundation believes “philanthropy has always been about believing that a better life is possible.” To that end, the foundation serves the public through several civic endeavors, including three museums, health initiatives, and a 500-acre park called Cantigny.
Also, since its establishment the foundation “has granted more than $1 billion to organizations in local communities across the country.” Of course, being an organization affiliated with a behemoth of a media conglomerate (Tribune Company, which publishes the Baltimore Sun, the Los Angeles Times, the Hartford Courant, and the Orlando Sentinel, to name a few), one could expect the foundation to invest in matters that are mass media-related. In 2006, the McCormick Foundation launched its “Youth Voices” initiative, to “strengthen high school journalism and encourage youth expression,” particularly in the Chicago area. One of the goals of the program is to educate young journalists in-the-making about the First Amendment, and certainly to foster an appreciation for freedom of speech and the press.
Yet another brainchild of the foundation is “New Media Women Entrepreneurs,” a project aimed at highlighting the accomplishments of women in relation to media, and to “help address issues of opportunity and innovation, recruitment and retention for women in journalism .” The Entrepreneur of the Year, in addition to participating in a summit for other female media innovators, is awarded the seed money to pursue her journalism-related endeavor, with the goal of improving journalism.
So, that’s a lot of information to take in, but as you may guess, I am somewhat partial to news industry-related causes!
Please keep reading and supporting this blog by spreading the word. I may not be a big “entrepreneur,” but I certainly aim to take new media to a whole new level with the spina bifida cause.
Also, don’t forget to visit www.cnn.com/impact to learn how you can help the people of Haiti to rebuild their lives.
Aaaannd…if you have a “smart phone,” I highly recommend downloading this great app called “Cause World.” It’s free, and you can help several selected causes simply by “checking into” local businesses in your area using your Wi-Fi. Again, getting the app is absolutely free, and the donations are made by the businesses that sponsor this app, so all you do is accumulate “karma points,” until you have enough to make a donation to the cause of your choosing. For more information, and to download the app for FREE, visit http://www.causeworld.com/. A few of my personal favorite causes are CHF International, which provides clean water to people in Sudan, Feeding America, and the American Red Cross (which is currently channeling all Cause World donations to Haiti relief).
Once again, sorry for the information-overload! I hope you all have a safe, happy, and warm night wherever you are, and thanks so much for reading and caring!