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James C. Tyree
Jim was an extraordinary, ordinary man. Though many of his accomplishments were extraordinary, he was always that humble guy from the South Side who loved his family, his job and colleagues, sports and improving the world around him. Jim was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mesirow Financial, in addition to serving on countless local boards and philanthropic organizations. Throughout his life, he touched and changed the lives of many.   Learn more about Jim...

Welcome to the James Tyree Foundation

On March 16, 2011, Chicago lost a true friend, leader and optimist. This Foundation was formed to remember Jim Tyree, to continue his legacy of giving back - to give people hope and to give them better lives. The Foundation's mission of support for innovative education reflects Jim's passion and belief that education was the key to unlocking life's door and his understanding that the world was changing at a rapid pace. By taking what you know and thinking about it a little differently, Jim felt you could leave the world better than you found it.

The Foundation supports educational endeavors that foster creativity and innovation to improve the lives of people in the Chicagoland area. Through direct grants, the Foundation will work to help strengthen these organizations in their pursuit of meaningful change in education, health care and other disciplines.

Living Through Giving 2015
The James Tyree Foundation 3rd Annual Fundraiser

Support innovative education in academics and health care and be a SHINING STAR no matter who you are.

Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Fundraiser and Cocktail Reception

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Introducing our new grantees!
As we near the close of 2014, all of us at the James Tyree Foundation are thrilled to announce we have awarded $500,000 in grants to 11 non-profit organizations that are working to improve countless lives in the Chicago-area.

Each of these truly inspiring grant recipients are shining examples of the foundation's core mission: to advance innovative educational efforts in academics and health care.

This year's grantees include a mix of innovators we have supported in the past, as well as some very exciting programs that we welcome into our James Tyree Foundation family for the first time:

Chicago Lighthouse
The Chicago Lighthouse has 28 programs in the education, employment, and rehabilitation of people who are blind or visually impaired. Their preschool program helps young children from low-income families gain an equal footing in order to help them join their sighted friends when they start kindergarten.
High Jump
High Jump is a two-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program that fills the educational opportunity gap for talented middle grade students, ages 12 to 14. Its mission is to equalize education for middle school students who have exhibited academic ambition and potential and who are of limited economic means.
Jumpstart Chicago
Jumpstart Chicago partners college student volunteers with preschool classrooms in high-need communities. By focusing on reading during the formative ages between three and five, Jumpstart helps build vocabulary, alphabetic and print knowledge and language competencies.
Calm Classroom
Pass With Flying Colors Pass With Flying Colors prepares Chicago high school students from underserved communities to be successful in college. PWFC scholars develop the academic, social and non-cognitive skills that are critical for college and career success.

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"Eve Tyree's New Normal"
Cover Story for TCW's April Edition
Eve Tyree and the James Tyree Foundation are featured in the April edition of Today's Chicago Woman. Read the full article and learn how she has contributed to education and health care programs in Chicago through the James Tyree Foundation in her husband's memory.
The Second Annual James Tyree Foundation
Fundraiser and Cocktail Reception
The second annual James Tyree Foundation Living Through Giving fundraiser and coctail reception was a huge success. The event raised $400,000! We would like thank our many donors and attendees who made it such an amazing night.

View all photos of the event here.
Introducing our new grantees!
The James Tyree Foundation is proud to introduce five amazing new grantees! Thank you, Donors, for making such a powerful, positive impact in the lives of thousands of students in the Chicago Public Schools.

Academy for Urban School Leadership transforms failing Chicago Public Schools by improving student achievement through its disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained AUSL teachers.
Peer Health Exchange
Peer Health Exchange gives teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. They do this by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education.
City Year
City Year Chicago is wholly focused on fighting the national dropout crisis. They are committed to leveraging the talent, energy and idealism of AmeriCorps members to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in schools to help students stay on track – and get back on track – to graduate.
Calm Classroom
Calm Classroom is dedicated to diminishing stress, anxiety, and the emotional and physical violence that prevent people from experiencing their highest potential. Educational programs cultivate the habit of practicing techniques that develop self-awareness, mental focus, alertness, and emotional calm.
Civic Leadership Foundation
Civic Leadership Foundation works collaboratively with teachers and educational organizations to empower underserved young people through the design, delivery, assessment, and promotion of Civic Leadership Education.