The Chicago Kroc Center Approved for $500,000 from The Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust

Chicago Community Trust


“We are very pleased to approve these grants to The Salvation Army,” said James Lewis, senior program officer for The Chicago Community Trust. “At The Chicago Community Trust we award grants to those organizations that we feel address our region’s most pressing needs and promising opportunities. We commend The Salvation Army for its work, and congratulate them on their efforts.”


About The Salvation Army’s Chicago Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

In 2006, The Salvation Army in Chicago was approved to receive a portion of the estate of Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder, Ray Kroc. The $109.8 million award from the estate is being supplemented by a $50 million fundraising campaign to build and endow the state-of-the-art ministry, community and social service facility. In November 2007, the Chicago Metropolitan Division announced the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center Project in the West Pullman neighborhood, one of the city’s most undeserved communities. The Kroc project is a shovel ready project to help stimulate the economy by providing 300 construction jobs initially and over 200 permanent, full and part time jobs, when the center is open.For more information, visit


About The Chicago Community Trust

For 93 years, The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2008, the Trust, together with its donors, granted more than $100 million to not-for-profit organizations.  From strengthening community schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence, the Trust continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at

The Chicago Metropolitan Division of The Salvation Army is one of the largest providers of social services in Illinois, and provides services in the Chicagoland, Northern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana areas. Those services include, but are not limited to, feeding programs and emergency shelter for the homeless. For more information about The Salvation Army, or to donate, please visit