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 Special Opportunities
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Occasionally small grants may be given for projects of special interest to the Foundation Directors outside the Foundation’s three program areas. These grants will account for no more than ten percent of total giving annually.

CME Group Foundation 2017 grants

Bottom Line
$25,000 to support general operations

Bright Pink
$5,000 to support general operations

Brookfield Zoo
$10,000 to support general operations

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
$25,000 to support general operations

Chicago Community Foundation
$5,000 to support Fund 385

Di Goldene Keyt, Ltd.
$5,000 to support the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus (JPPC)

The Forward
$5,000 to support general operations

Jewish United Fund
$10,000 to support general operations

League for Yiddish
$5,000 to support general operations

Leo Catholic High School
$20,000 to support general operations

Lincoln Academy of Illinois
$5,000 to support the 53rd Convocation

Maccabi USA
$5,000 to support 20th Maccabiah Games

Math Circles of Chicago
$20,000 to support summer math enrichment camps

Mayo Clinic
$50,000 to support the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund

Misericordia
$25,000 to support general operations

National Yiddish Book Center
$10,000 to support the Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program

National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
$5,000 to support the Leading Ladies Gala

Rush University Medical Center
$15,000 to support cancer research

Sacred Heart Schools
$2,500 to support the Masterpiece Campaign

San Miguel Schools
$10,000 to support middle school programs

Standing Tall Charitable Foundation
$10,000 to support education scholarships

CME Group Foundation 2016 grants

Alexander Maxwell Grant Foundation
$25,000 to support Rwinkwavu Community Music Program

Autism Speaks
$2,500 to support Chip In For Autism

Bright Pink
$5,000 to support general operations

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
$20,000 to support general operations

Clearbrook
$3,500 to support More Than Playtime

EdChoice
$5,000 to support Business and Community Leader Outreach in Chicago

Enterprise Community Partners
$14,000 to support Chicago programs

The Forward
$10,000 to support general operations

Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
$5,000 to support general operations

John Marshall Law School
$5,000 to support the International Human Rights Clinic

Latin School of Chicago
$10,000 to support the Latin Fund

League for Yiddish
$5,000 to support general operations

Leo Catholic High School
$40,000 to support general operations

Lurie Children’s Hospital
$15,000 to support the School Services Program

Mayo Clinic
$47,500 to support the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund

Misericordia
$10,000 to support general operations

Modest Needs
$10,000 to support general operations

Museum of Science and Industry
$25,000 to support the Annual Fund

National Louis University
$25,000 to support the Emergency Fund for Harrison Professional Pathways

National Yiddish Book Center
$10,000 to support the Yiddish Book Center Fellowship Program

National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene
$5,000 to support general operations

Rush University Medical Center
$5,000 to support Rush’s Cancer Center

Simon Wiesenthal Center
$15,000 to support the Spirit of Courage Benefit

Standing Tall Charitable Foundation
$10,000 to support scholarship funding

Steppenwolf Theatre Company
$10,000 to support the Steppenwolf for Young Adults Education Program

Teach for America
$5,000 to support general operations

University of Chicago Kovler Diabetes Center
$5,000 to support Friends for the Cure

University of Illinois Chabad
$10,000 to support Lubavich House Student Tech Lab

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
$10,000 to support general operations

Washington State University Foundation
$10,000 to support the Carson College of Business Dean’s Excellence Fund

Western Illinois University Foundation
$25,000 to support Agricultural Finance and Ag Business Transfer Scholarships

Women Employed
$14,000 to support Job Equality and Career Foundations

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$10,000 to support general operations

York High School/Elmhurst District 205 Foundation
$10,000 to support Family Consumer Science Enhancements

CME Group Foundation 2015 grants

100 Club of Chicago
$5,000 to support the Educational Assistance Program

Alexander Maxwell Grant Foundation
$25,000 to support Rwinkwavu Community Music Program

Academy of Urban School Leadership (AUSL) Deneen School
$10,000 to support the purchase of iPads for a third-grade class

Blessings in a Backpack
$5,000 to support programs at a Highland Park elementary school

Bright Pink
$10,000 to support general operations

Brotherhood for the Fallen
$5,000 to support general operations

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
$20,000 to support general operations

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
$10,000 to support general operations

Chicago Community Foundation
$15,000 to support Fund 385

Distinctive Schools
$10,000 to support the CoderDojoChi student program

The Forward
$5,000 to support general operations

Jaguar Hockey Club
$5,000 to support general operations

Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus
$5,000 to support 2016 concert performances

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago
$20,000 to support design and development of Tech Playground exhibit

Mayo Clinic
$50,000 to support general operations

Misericordia
$10,000 to support general operations

Museum of Science & Industry
$55,000 to support the Annual Fund

National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene
$5,000 to support general operations

One Million Degrees
$5,000 to support the Scholar Development Program

Standing Tall Charitable Foundation
$10,000 to support Scholarship Fund

Teach for America
$15,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$5,000 to support annual fund

University of Chicago
$10,000 to support Center for Jewish Studies program

University of Chicago Medicine
$5,000 to support the Kovler Diabetes Center’s Friends for the Cure

Washington State University
$10,000 to support the Carson College of Business Dean’s Excellence Fund

Western Illinois University Foundation
$10,000 to support Ag Finance and Ag Business Transfer Scholarships

Wounded Warrior Project
$10,000 to support general operations

Yiddish Farm Education Center
$20,000 to support general operations

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$10,000 to support general operations and the Year-End Benefit

York High School/ District 205 Foundation
$10,000 to support Future Ready Classrooms

CME Group Foundation 2014 Grants

Alexander Maxwell Grant Foundation
$20,000 to support programs.

Blessings in a Backpack
$5,000 to support programs at a Highland Park elementary school.

Bright Pink
$5,000 to support general operations.

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
$20,000 to support general operations

Creative Children’s Academy
$15,000 to support the Quest Academy Innovation Lab.

Enterprise Community Partners
$5,000 to support general operations

Keshet
$5,000 to support its Drama and Therapeutic Arts Program.

Mayo Clinic
$25,000 in unrestricted support
$40,000 to support research in spontaneous coronary artery dissection.

Museum of Science and Industry
$40,000 to support general operations.

National Yiddish Book Center
$15,000 to support Yiddish Translation Fellowship Program.

The National Yiddish Theatre
$5,000 to support general operations.

Shedd Aquarium
$5,000 to support general operations.

Teach For America – Chicago
$30,000 to support general operations.

Women’s Business Development Center
$10,000 to support general operations

Ucan
$10,000 to support general operations.

The University Of Chicago
$10,000 to support the Center for Jewish Studies Program.

Washington State University
$15,000 to support the Carson College of Business Dean’s Excellence Fund.

Western Illinois University
$20,000 to support scholarships and alumni programs

Yivo Institute for Jewish Research
$15,000 to support The Chaim Grade Archive and general operations.

CME Group Foundation 2013 Grants

Alexander Maxwell Grant Foundation
$20,000 to support general operations

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
$20,000 to support general operations

Chicago’s Children’s Advocacy Center
$10,000 to support general operations

Mayo Clinic
$40,000 to support cardiovascular research in spontaneous coronary artery dissection

Misericordia
$10,000 to support general operations

Museum of Science and Industry
$40,000 to support general operations

Planned Parenthood of Illinois
$10,000 to support general operations

Quest Academy
$10,000 to support the creation of an Innovation Lab/Maker Space

San Miguel Schools
$10,000 to support its School Rocks benefit concert

Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture
$10,000 to support a Jewish Heritage Initiative in Poland

Teach for America
$40,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$10,000 to support general operations

University of Chicago Center for Jewish Studies
$10,000 to support programs

Western Illinois University Foundation
$20,000 to support scholarships for transfer students in finance and agriculture

Yiddish Book Center
$20,000 to support a Fellowship program

CME Group Foundation 2012 Grants

Alexander Maxwell Grant Foundation
$20,000 to support general operations

Association House
$10,000 to support its Out of School Time program for youth

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
$5,000 to support general operations

Lyric Opera of Chicago
$25,000 to support OperaKids, part of Lyric's Education and Community-Engagement Programs serving kindergarten through third grade elementary school students

Mayo Clinic
$40,000 to support cardiovascular research

Museum of Science and Industry
$15,000 to support general operations

Quest Academy
$10,000 to support general operations

Reading Power
$15,000 to support a site specific tutor coordinator at South Elementary School in North Chicago

Resurrection Project
$5,000 to support general operations

Rush University Medical Center
$15,000 to support its comprehensive cancer clinics

San Miguel School
$15,000 to support its “School Rocks” event

Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 to support general operations

Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture
$10,000 to support general operations

The Forward.
$5,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$10,000 to support general operations

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
$12,500 to support a book and author event and general operations

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$12,500 to support the Annual Heritage Dinner and general operations

Western Illinois University Foundation
$25,000 to support scholarships for students studying finance and agriculture business

CME Group Foundation 2011 Grants

Association House
$5,000 to support the El Cuarto Ano High School and its family literacy program

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
$5,000 to support the "Hands Together, Heart to Art" camp

Boston College
$25,000 to support Finance Department faculty research, student programs and the annual Finance Conference

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
$5,000 to support general operations

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
$10,000 to support general operations

Chicago Crime Commission
$7,500 to support general operations

Evans Scholars Foundation
$5,000 to support the Evans Scholars program

Friends of the Israel Center for Economic Progress
$2,000 to support general operations

Gilda’s Club
$20,000 to support Teen and Kids Camp and nutritional cooking demonstrations

Institute of International Education
$10,000 to support the Scholar Rescue Fund

Jewish United Fund
$10,000 to support general operations

John G. Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 to support general operations

John Marshall Law School
$3,000 to support the annual fund and the Edward T. Lee Chair

Kids Off the Block
$5,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$15,000 to support general operations and the annual benefit

Lungevity Foundation
$5,000 to support of general operations

University of Chicago Division of the Humanities
$2,500 to support the Center for Jewish Studies

Mayo Clinic
$65,000 to support cardiovascular research in spontaneous coronary artery dissection

Metropolitan Family Services
$5,000 to support general operations

National Yiddish Book Center
$1,000 to support general operations

New Moms, Inc
$5,000 to support general operations

Ounce of Prevention Fund
$5,000 to support general operations

Rev. John P. Smyth Standing Tall Charitable Foundation
$5,000 to support general operations

Rush University Medical Center
$45,000 to support its comprehensive cancer clinics

Teach for America Chicago
$45,000 to support general operations

The Peregrine Fund
$1,000 to support general operations

Torah Academy
$1,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$15,000 to support general operations and the annual benefit

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
$18,500 to support general operations

Villanova University
$15,000 to support training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes

Western Illinois University
$20,000 to support scholarships for incoming and current students and alumni association support

Yeshiva Ohr Boruch, The Veitzener Cheder
$1,000 to support general operations

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$10,000 to support general operations

CME Group Foundation 2010 Grants

American Friends of Hebrew University
$20,000 in support of pediatric medical research.

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
$10,000 in support of technology integration into the classroom and curriculum.

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
$10,000 in support of general operations.

Gilda’s Club
$22,000 in support of expansion of Kids and Teen Camp programs and Cancer in the Classroom program and $15,000 in support of expansion a nutrition series pilot program.

Institute of International Education $20,000 in support of the Scholar Rescue Fund.

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
$5,000 in support of core services.

Kent State University Foundation
$25,000 in support of the 2010 Asia Pacific Futures Research Symposium.

League for Yiddish
$5,000 in support of general operations.

Loyola Academy
$15,000 in support of tuition assistance for students in need.

Mayo Clinic
$30,000 in support of cardiovascular research programs.

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene
$10,000 in support of operations.

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
$5,000 in support of core services.

Proviso West High School
$1,200 in support of technology initiatives.

Rush University Medical Center
$40,000 in support of its comprehensive cancer clinics.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 in support of general operations.

Teach For America
$25,000 in support of general operations.

UCAN
$3,800 in support of UCAN Academy’s operations.

Villanova University
$25,000 in support of training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes.

Western Illinois University Foundation
$40,000 in support of the College of Business and Technology Tomnitz Scholarship and the School of Agriculture Crop Production Scholarship.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$10,000 in support of financial aid for low income students.

CME Group Foundation 2009 Grants

Center for Polytechnical Education
$25,000 in support of a part time teaching coach at the Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology.

Chicago International Charter Schools
$30,000 in support of the building of a new playground at its Lloyd Bond campus.

Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School
$5,000 In support of scholarships for low income students.

Council for Economic Education
$5,000 in support of general operations.

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago $25,000 in support of the Early Childhood Connections program in three Chicago Public Schools.

Loyola Academy
$5,000 In support of tuition assistance for students in need.

Mayo Clinic
$40,000 in support of cardiovascular research programs.

Rush University Medical Center
$40,000 in support of its comprehensive cancer clinics.

Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network
$5,000 in support of updating Uhlich Academy’s main computer lab.

Villanova University
$25,000 in support of training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes.

Western Illinois University Foundation
$25,000 in support of its Finance program and programming for Alumni initiatives.

CME Group Foundation/CME Trust 2008 Grants

Cato Institute
$100,000 over two years in support of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty.

Catholic Theological Union
$10,000 in support of the Reverend John T. Pawlikowski Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies.

Chicago International Charter Schools
$30,000 in support of a statistical intern and smart boards for the Prairie Campus.

CINN Foundation
$25,000 in support of a Complementary Medicine Patient Care Liason.

Friends of Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress
$20,000 in support of the Milton and Rose Friedman Center for Educational Choice in Israel.

George Williams College of Aurora University
$5,000 in support of the Ferro Pavilion.

Independent Production Fund
$10,000 in support of the "The Golden Age of Second Avenue".

Lightning Basketball, Inc.
$25,000 in support of registration fees and tournament expenses for low income children.

Mayo Clinic
$100,000 in support of the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center pediatric initiatives.

Misericordia Home
$20,000 in support of program expenses.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 in support of Oceanarium revitalization.

Villanova University
$25,000 in support of training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes.

Western Illinois University Foundation
$20,000 in support of student scholarships and alumni programs.

CME Group Foundation 2012 Grants

Alexander Maxwell Grant Foundation
$20,000 to support general operations

Association House
$10,000 to support its Out of School Time program for youth

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
$5,000 to support general operations

Lyric Opera of Chicago
$25,000 to support OperaKids, part of Lyric's Education and Community-Engagement Programs serving kindergarten through third grade elementary school students

Mayo Clinic
$40,000 to support cardiovascular research

Museum of Science and Industry
$15,000 to support general operations

Quest Academy
$10,000 to support general operations

Reading Power
$15,000 to support a site specific tutor coordinator at South Elementary School in North Chicago

Resurrection Project
$5,000 to support general operations

Rush University Medical Center
$15,000 to support its comprehensive cancer clinics

San Miguel School
$15,000 to support its “School Rocks” event

Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 to support general operations

Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture
$10,000 to support general operations

The Forward.
$5,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$10,000 to support general operations

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
$12,500 to support a book and author event and general operations

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$12,500 to support the Annual Heritage Dinner and general operations

Western Illinois University Foundation
$25,000 to support scholarships for students studying finance and agriculture business

CME Group Foundation 2011 Grants

Association House
$5,000 to support the El Cuarto Ano High School and its family literacy program

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University
$5,000 to support the "Hands Together, Heart to Art" camp

Boston College
$25,000 to support Finance Department faculty research, student programs and the annual Finance Conference

Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
$5,000 to support general operations

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
$10,000 to support general operations

Chicago Crime Commission
$7,500 to support general operations

Evans Scholars Foundation
$5,000 to support the Evans Scholars program

Friends of the Israel Center for Economic Progress
$2,000 to support general operations

Gilda’s Club
$20,000 to support Teen and Kids Camp and nutritional cooking demonstrations

Institute of International Education
$10,000 to support the Scholar Rescue Fund

Jewish United Fund
$10,000 to support general operations

John G. Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 to support general operations

John Marshall Law School
$3,000 to support the annual fund and the Edward T. Lee Chair

Kids Off the Block
$5,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$15,000 to support general operations and the annual benefit

Lungevity Foundation
$5,000 to support of general operations

University of Chicago Division of the Humanities
$2,500 to support the Center for Jewish Studies

Mayo Clinic
$65,000 to support cardiovascular research in spontaneous coronary artery dissection

Metropolitan Family Services
$5,000 to support general operations

National Yiddish Book Center
$1,000 to support general operations

New Moms, Inc
$5,000 to support general operations

Ounce of Prevention Fund
$5,000 to support general operations

Rev. John P. Smyth Standing Tall Charitable Foundation
$5,000 to support general operations

Rush University Medical Center
$45,000 to support its comprehensive cancer clinics

Teach for America Chicago
$45,000 to support general operations

The Peregrine Fund
$1,000 to support general operations

Torah Academy
$1,000 to support general operations

UCAN
$15,000 to support general operations and the annual benefit

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
$18,500 to support general operations

Villanova University
$15,000 to support training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes

Western Illinois University
$20,000 to support scholarships for incoming and current students and alumni association support

Yeshiva Ohr Boruch, The Veitzener Cheder
$1,000 to support general operations

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$10,000 to support general operations

CME Group Foundation 2010 Grants

American Friends of Hebrew University
$20,000 in support of pediatric medical research.

Cheder Lubavitch Hebrew Day School
$10,000 in support of technology integration into the classroom and curriculum.

Chicago Council on Global Affairs
$10,000 in support of general operations.

Gilda’s Club
$22,000 in support of expansion of Kids and Teen Camp programs and Cancer in the Classroom program and $15,000 in support of expansion a nutrition series pilot program.

Institute of International Education $20,000 in support of the Scholar Rescue Fund.

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
$5,000 in support of core services.

Kent State University Foundation
$25,000 in support of the 2010 Asia Pacific Futures Research Symposium.

League for Yiddish
$5,000 in support of general operations.

Loyola Academy
$15,000 in support of tuition assistance for students in need.

Mayo Clinic
$30,000 in support of cardiovascular research programs.

National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene
$10,000 in support of operations.

Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
$5,000 in support of core services.

Proviso West High School
$1,200 in support of technology initiatives.

Rush University Medical Center
$40,000 in support of its comprehensive cancer clinics.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 in support of general operations.

Teach For America
$25,000 in support of general operations.

UCAN
$3,800 in support of UCAN Academy’s operations.

Villanova University
$25,000 in support of training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes.

Western Illinois University Foundation
$40,000 in support of the College of Business and Technology Tomnitz Scholarship and the School of Agriculture Crop Production Scholarship.

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research
$10,000 in support of financial aid for low income students.

CME Group Foundation 2009 Grants

Center for Polytechnical Education
$25,000 in support of a part time teaching coach at the Chicago Academy for Advanced Technology.

Chicago International Charter Schools
$30,000 in support of the building of a new playground at its Lloyd Bond campus.

Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School
$5,000 In support of scholarships for low income students.

Council for Economic Education
$5,000 in support of general operations.

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago $25,000 in support of the Early Childhood Connections program in three Chicago Public Schools.

Loyola Academy
$5,000 In support of tuition assistance for students in need.

Mayo Clinic
$40,000 in support of cardiovascular research programs.

Rush University Medical Center
$40,000 in support of its comprehensive cancer clinics.

Uhlich Children’s Advantage Network
$5,000 in support of updating Uhlich Academy’s main computer lab.

Villanova University
$25,000 in support of training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes.

Western Illinois University Foundation
$25,000 in support of its Finance program and programming for Alumni initiatives.

CME Group Foundation/CME Trust 2008 Grants

Cato Institute
$100,000 over two years in support of the Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty.

Catholic Theological Union
$10,000 in support of the Reverend John T. Pawlikowski Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies.

Chicago International Charter Schools
$30,000 in support of a statistical intern and smart boards for the Prairie Campus.

CINN Foundation
$25,000 in support of a Complementary Medicine Patient Care Liason.

Friends of Israel Center for Social and Economic Progress
$20,000 in support of the Milton and Rose Friedman Center for Educational Choice in Israel.

George Williams College of Aurora University
$5,000 in support of the Ferro Pavilion.

Independent Production Fund
$10,000 in support of the "The Golden Age of Second Avenue".

Lightning Basketball, Inc.
$25,000 in support of registration fees and tournament expenses for low income children.

Mayo Clinic
$100,000 in support of the Multidisciplinary Simulation Center pediatric initiatives.

Misericordia Home
$20,000 in support of program expenses.

John G. Shedd Aquarium
$10,000 in support of Oceanarium revitalization.

Villanova University
$25,000 in support of training resources and travel for the men’s basketball student-athletes.

Western Illinois University Foundation
$20,000 in support of student scholarships and alumni programs.