Unusual Fundraising: Seven Christmas Trees

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November 11, 2010; Source: Wheaton Sun | This story from the Wheaton Sun is appealing for several reasons—it is a nonprofit reaching out to help other nonprofits, it is a celebration of community, and it sounds like the results from this campaign will be a lovely effort to view. In Cantigny, Ill., the Robert R. McCormick Museum has asked seven nonprofits to decorate a Christmas tree and all seven of the trees will then be displayed, beginning on November 27th, in the museum.

The charities chosen to decorate trees have missions that were dear to the heart of Robert McCormick who was editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune for 44 years. Museum goers will be asked to vote for their favorite tree and also will be given the chance to make donations. The McCormick Foundation will match $3,000.

The participating charities are diverse. Almost Home Kids, Naperville enhances the lives of children who are facing serious and ongoing medical challenges. Citizen Advocacy Center, Elmhurst supports good citizenship by strengthening the public’s capacity and motivation to participate in civic affairs. The Conservation Foundation in Naperville preserves open space and natural lands, protects rivers and watersheds, and promotes environmental stewardship. Friends of DuPage County Animal Care & Control in Wheaton provides unwanted and abandoned animals with a second chance at life. Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans also in Wheaton assists U.S. veterans of any era to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency and independence. Northern Illinois Food Bank in St. Charles provides nutritious food to those in need through its own efforts and those of its nonprofit partners. We hope the museum sends us a picture!—Ruth McCambridge