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Grant Applications

Chicago White Sox Charities and White Sox Community Fund
A McCormick Foundation Fund

Chicago White Sox Community Fund Mission Statement

Chicago White Sox Charities (CWSC) provides annual financial, in-kind and emotional support to hundreds of Chicago-based organizations, including those leading the fight against cancer, dedicated to improving the lives of Chicago's youth through education and health and wellness programs, and offering support to children and families in crisis. With the generous support of White Sox fans, friends and sponsors, CWSC has donated millions of dollars since its inception in 1990, striving to improve the quality of life for Chicagoans of all ages, races and genders. To the Chicago White Sox, winning goes beyond the baseball diamond into the community. The White Sox and CWSC want to inspire, educate and embrace Chicago to create a lasting legacy for future generations.

Chicago White Sox Charities funds the White Sox Community Fund (WSCF), a McCormick Foundation Fund. Through the WSCF, Chicago-based agencies that provide critically important services to our community's underserved and marginalized residents are supported by the Chicago White Sox and the McCormick Foundation.

Program Guidelines

Chicago White Sox Charities Primary Interests:

  • Youth Education programs - academic enhancement programs for at-risk students and programs that support high scholastic achievement, completion of high school and entrance into post-secondary education programs. This includes recreation programs that tie participation to academics and track scholastic success.
  • Health and Wellness programs - healthy lifestyles programs for at-risk youth, youth athletic programs that emphasize health and wellness, and nutrition and medical programs for low income children and families.
  • Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment programs - intervention and resource delivery programs for children and families experiencing abuse and neglect. The category supports child, youth and family counseling, family support and home-visiting services.
  • Cancer Research and Treatment programs - innovative medical research studies and invaluable support services for children and families affected by cancer.

Geographic Priority

  • Greater Chicago metropolitan region


Applications are available by invitation only. Letters of inquiry for the current Chicago White sox grantmaking cycle will be accepted between June 1, 2013 and July 15, 2013. Please see the primary interests of the fund above before sending in a Letter of Inquiry.

Letters of Inquiry should include the following:

  • Two page letter describing the agency, program, and target population. In the letter, please share how the program measures progress of participants, the measurement tools used, and the outcomes achieved during the last program year.
  • Copy of the organization's most recent audited financial statements.
  • IRS 501(c)(3) - most recent federal tax exempt determination letter.
  • A list of members of the board of directors of the organization, including principal business or professional affiliation of each. Addresses and phone numbers need not be included. Please mail one copy of the LOI documents listed above to:

Christine O'Reilly
Executive Director
Chicago White Sox Charities
333 W. 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616