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McCormick Tribune Foundation awards $10 million to University of Chicago for urban initiatives

The McCormick Tribune Foundation has awarded a grant of $10 million to the University of Chicago to establish the Program for Urban and Community Leadership. The grant is a joint award to the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies and the School of Social Service Administration.

"The difficult tasks faced by public servants can challenge fine students and encourage them to take up careers that address these tough urban problems. This wonderful grant will help the University attract and train future leaders in our community," said Robert T. Michael, Dean and Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor at the Harris School.

The initiative continues a history of collaboration between the two graduate schools. It demonstrates the ongoing commitment of both the University and the McCormick Tribune Foundation to work with the City of Chicago to solve urban problems. The award will establish a professorship in each school dedicated to the study of urban issues; support students who will become urban leaders; and fund activities linking the University with the City, including internships, workshops and policy briefings for city officials.

"The challenges and opportunities for community development in Chicago are tremendous. This funding will allow us to develop new research, support talented students and engage community development in innovative ways," said Edward F. Lawlor, Dean and Associate Professor at the School of Social Service Administration.

The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies has a two-fold mission: to conduct policy-relevant research at the highest standards of social science and to train talented women and men for leadership careers in public policy. The School's distinctive multidisciplinary program provides rigorous training in public policy analysis and implementation.

The School of Social Service Administration (SSA), founded in 1908 and officially affiliated with the University of Chicago since 1920, was one of the first graduate schools of social work in the United States. The McCormick Tribune Foundation grant honors SSA’s distinguished history as a pioneer and leader in the integration of social research with service delivery at the community, state and national level.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation is one of the nation’s largest charitable organizations, with combined assets of $1.8 billion and annual giving in excess of $100 million. The foundation supports grantmaking in four areas: promoting local philanthropy through its communities program, working to improve early childhood education in the Chicago area, supporting journalism and a free press in the Americas and encouraging active citizenship and volunteerism.

The $10 million McCormick Tribune Foundation grant represents a major contribution to the Chicago Initiative, the University's five-year, $2 billion capital campaign, which was publicly launched April 12. The Chicago Initiative is the largest fund-raising effort in the University’s history and only the second $2 billion campaign ever launched by a major university. The campaign will significantly enhance the University’s ability to continue to admit students without regard to their financial circumstances and to meet their full financial needs; increase funding for faculty positions and research; expand cornerstone programs in the humanities and social sciences; and extend support for the professional programs in business, law, public policy and social service.
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