News Release

CME Trust Announces $10 Million in Grant Commitments for Chicago Area Education and Health Programs

Tue Dec 12 2006

CHICAGO, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The trustees of CME Trust, joined by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, today announced $10 million in grant commitments to 20 universities, schools and nonprofit organizations.

"I want to commend CME Trust for investing in our children, the future leaders of our city," said Mayor Daley to an audience of more than 80 nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. "There is no more important investment we can make, if we expect this city to compete in the global marketplace of the 21st century."

Grants of $1 million or more were made to DePaul University, Northwestern University, University of Chicago and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to support initiatives on international financial markets, risk management and derivatives education. DePaul University will use its grant to establish The Fred Arditti Center for Risk Management, named in honor of the former professor of finance at DePaul and CME economist who authored the book "Derivatives," one of the most assigned books on the subject in many universities.

The Renaissance Schools Fund received $1.1 million to support expansion of the Noble and Perspectives Charter School Networks. Grants of $1 million were made to Children's Memorial Hospital and the Ounce of Prevention Fund for early childhood education. A complete list of grants follows below.

"One of the salient goals of CME Trust is to make the Chicago area the center of financial market education," said Leo Melamed, CME Trust trustee and Chairman Emeritus of CME. "By making large, multi-year commitments, we are strategically investing in some of Chicago's most effective university programs, schools and nonprofit agencies. We are proud that CME Trust is launching its charitable giving in such a significant way."

"Through these grants announced today and the ones to follow, CME Trust is doing its part to solidify Chicago's position as the center of education in financial markets, futures and derivatives," added Jack Sandner, CME Trust trustee and retired chairman of CME. "At the same time, we are providing better educational opportunities for children in and around Chicago by focusing on their health and readiness to learn."

The funded programs are aligned with CME Trust's charitable mission supporting nonprofit organizations primarily in the Chicago region that:

  -- promote teaching and learning specific to financial markets, futures
     and derivatives;
  -- promote the education of disadvantaged children and youth; and
  -- promote the health and well-being of children.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust was established by CME in 1969, under the direction of its chairman, to provide financial protection to customers in the event a CME member firm became insolvent or unable to meet its obligations to its customers. However, no CME customer has ever suffered losses due to a member's adverse financial condition. In 2005, the CME Trust received approval to distribute the net income of the Trust to public charities. The trustees of the CME Trust are Craig S. Donohue, Terrence A. Duffy, Leo Melamed, William P. Miller II, James E. Oliff, Howard J. Siegel, and John F. Sandner.

CME Trust is an independent for-profit Illinois trust, separate from Chicago Mercantile Exchange Holdings Inc. For more information on CME Trust, contact Kassie Davis, Executive Director, at, or by phone at 312-930-3292.

                   Grant Commitments December 12, 2006

  Education in Financial Markets - $4,750,000

$1,000,000 over four years to DePaul University to establish the Fred Arditti Center for Risk Management.

$1,000,000 over four years to Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in support of derivatives and capital markets education.

$1,500,000 million over four years to the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in support of an Initiative on International Financial Markets.

$250,000 to the University of Illinois at Chicago in support of an International Futures and Options Center.

$1,000,000 over four years to the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign for the Initiative for Financial Risk and Markets.

  Education for Children and Youth - $2,820,000

  $100,000 to After School Matters in support of the Tech 37 program.

$300,000 over three years to the Big Shoulders Fund in support of the Patrons Program.

$25,000 to Cabrini Connections in support of its tutor/mentor programs.

$470,000 over three years to the Great Books Foundation to support implementation of the Junior Great Books curriculum in five Chicago Public Schools.

$750,000 over three years to Mercy Home for Boys & Girls in support of its Human Capital program.

$50,000 to the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation in support of school choice program activities in Illinois.

$1.1 million over two years to the Renaissance Schools Fund in support of the expansion of the Noble Charter School Network and the expansion of the Perspectives Charter School Network.

$25,000 to Youth Services of Glenview-Northbrook in support of its capital campaign to build a new facility.

Healthy Development of Children - $2,430,000

$1,000,000 over four years to Children's Memorial Hospital, of which $750,000 will be granted in support of the CME Trust directorship for Children's Services and $250,000 will be granted in support of pediatric urology research and treatment.

$100,000 be awarded to Jewish Child and Family Services in support of mental and physical health services for infants, children and youth.

$100,000 be awarded to Lawndale Christian Health Center in support of mental and physical health services for infants, children and youth.

$30,000 to Metropolis 2020 in support of the Early Childhood Education initiative.

$1,000,000 over four years to Ounce of Prevention in support of the Educare Center and services for infants and toddlers.

$150,000 over three years to Rush University Medical Center in support of the school-based executive function programs of the Rush Neurobehavioral Center.

$50,000 over two years to the Women's Business Development Center in support of its Child Care Business Initiative program.


CONTACT: Kassie Davis, Executive Director, of CME Trust, +1-312-930-3292,

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