Orlando Sentinel Family Fund Celebrates 25 Years

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 16, 2015) – A quarter of a century ago, the Orlando Sentinel deepened its commitment to Central Florida by partnering with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to help those less fortunate. This year, the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund marks the 25th anniversary of its establishment. Since then, the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund has touched the lives of thousands of disadvantaged children, families and adults.

“The Orlando Sentinel leads our community in many ways and the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund reinforces that by supporting the important work the non-profit organizations do day in and day out,” said Orlando Sentinel Publisher and CEO Nancy Meyer. “We are proud to celebrate 25 years of giving and our strong partnership with the McCormick Foundation.”

Today, through the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund grants are made to qualified, local non-profits with programs that:

  • Support youth education opportunities for a successful future
  • Provide steady access to nutritious food for the hungry
  • Offer supportive and transitional housing for the homeless
  • Ensure safe havens for children and families suffering from domestic abuse
  • This is all possible because of the generous support of donors and the 50% match provided by the McCormick Foundation.

“For the last 25 years, the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund and the McCormick Foundation have shared a commitment to addressing the growing needs of our local communities,” said David Hiller, President and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Thanks to the generous donors and readers, we have been able to support amazing community organizations working tirelessly to improve the lives of underserved youth, adults and families across Central Florida.”

Help the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund celebrate 25 years by making an anniversary donation today. To make a donation visit: orlandosentinelfamilyfund.org/donate.

About the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund

The Orlando Sentinel Family Fund, a Fund of the McCormick Foundation, is committed to supporting programs that move low-income children and families to self-sufficiency. Since 1990, through the Fund, more than $34 million has been awarded to local nonprofit organizations serving Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and W. Volusia Counties. To learn more about the Orlando Sentinel Children’s Fund, visit www.OrlandoSentinelFamilyFund.org and “Like” us on Facebook.

About the Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the Foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The Foundation 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 Robert R. McCormick Foundation is one of the nation’s largest foundations, with more than $1.5 billion in assets.

The McCormick Foundation continues McCormick’s legacy by partnering with media outlets, such as the Orlando Sentinel, sports teams and philanthropic organizations across the country, to encourage local giving, inspire civic involvement and address human needs. To learn more visit McCormickFoundation.org.

Contact:

Lisa Jacobsen
407.420.5705
ljacobsen@orlandosentinel.com

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