Thank you for your interest in the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation. Originally conceived as a holiday drive by legendary WGN Radio host Wally Phillips in 1969, the fund now assists children and youth year-round by supporting non-profit agencies that feed hungry children and provide stay-in-school and educational programs for at-risk youth. Since 1992 the WGN Radio Neediest Kids Fund, through the McCormick Foundation, has granted more than $18 million to local non-profits.
Because the Neediest Kids Fund is a fund of the McCormick Foundation, every donation is matched at 50 cents on the dollar, meaning your dollars go even further. And you can be absolutely sure that 100% of your donation will help kids in need because the station and the Foundation pay all administrative and fundraising costs. WGN Radio and the McCormick Foundation are both deeply committed to honoring the intent of donors and ensuring that all monies raised are handled responsibly. Agencies applying for grants are thoroughly screened.
You can make a donation online by clicking here (online donations are made via a secure server) or by sending a check to:
The Neediest Kids Fund
c/o WGN Radio
435 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611