The McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening our free, democratic society by investing in children, communities and country. Through its six grantmaking programs, Cantigny Park and Golf, two museums, and a civic outreach program, the Foundation helps build a more active and engaged citizenry. It 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 McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charities, with more than $1 billion in assets.
Established in 1867 and home to more than 41,000 students and more than 3,000 faculty members, the University of Illinois has tremendous breadth and depth in academics, with more than 150 undergraduate and more than 100 graduate and professional programs. A preeminent faculty propels many academic programs to be ranked among the best in the world. This emphasis on campus-wide academic excellence and cross-disciplinary work has built Illinois’ reputation as one of the nation’s premier public universities. The College of Media includes journalism and research faculty and operates the public broadcasting station WILL. The Knight Chair works closely with faculty at the Graduate School of Library Information and Science and programmers at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.