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CME Group Foundation Launched With More Than $600,000 in Grants

Mon Dec 22 2008

CHICAGO, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- The trustees of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Trust (CME Trust) today announced the creation of a new private foundation, CME Group Foundation and $620,000 in grants, primarily for K-12 and higher education.

"CME Group Foundation will build on the work of CME Trust by further refining its focus on higher education in financial markets, K-12 education, primarily in economics and technology, and early childhood education and development," said Leo Melamed, Chairman of CME Group Foundation and Chairman Emeritus of CME Group. "For example, we are leveraging our support of six local universities by sponsoring a series of economic education segments on WTTW's Chicago Tonight featuring commentary by the university professors."

    2008 grants include:

    -- A grant of $100,000 was awarded to the Children First Fund, the Chicago
       Public Schools (CPS) Foundation, in support of the district's Social
       Science Blueprint Project.  CPS will bring coherence to the social
       science curriculum (civics, economics, geography, and history),
       consistent with previous district-wide efforts to provide curriculum
       guidance and leadership in language arts and math/science by developing
       a district-wide curriculum and structure for social science through a
       six-month planning process and a phased-in, three-year implementation

    -- MOUSE, Inc. received $150,000 over two years in support of the
       expansion of TechCrew in the Chicago Public Schools.  MOUSE's signature
       program, MOUSE Squad is a student-driven technical support help desk
       program that addresses the technology needs of public schools.  With
       CME Group Foundation support, MOUSE will work with CPS to expand the
       program to 30 additional schools over two years and to develop
       additional curricular materials, products and resources.

    -- A grant of $250,000 was awarded to University of Illinois at Chicago
       College of Business Administration in support of its International
       Center for Futures and Derivatives, established two years ago with a
       CME Trust grant.  Funded activities leverage the university's existing
       relationships in China and include an annual international conference,
       seminars and workshops that foster collaboration between academic and
       financial professionals, research on futures and options and new class

    -- Window to the World Communications, Inc. received $120,000 in support
       of economics education segments on Chicago Tonight.  WTTW will produce
       eighteen special The Economy and You (working title) segments,
       educating viewers about the economy and financial markets.  Segments
       will provide thoughtful, significant analysis of critical topics and
       resource the universities supported by CME Trust/CME Group Foundation.

In addition to its grantmaking, CME Group Foundation will engage in leadership activities in its program areas including:

    -- A January 14 breakfast meeting, co-convened by the Donors Forum
       Education Funder Group and the Chicago Council on Science and
       Technology (C2ST) on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)
       Education in the Chicago Public Schools; and

    -- A February 3 breakfast for business and civic leaders on the economic
       benefits of early childhood education featuring U of C Nobel Laureate
       James Heckman.  This event is co-sponsored by the Ounce of Prevention

CME Group Foundation was created and endowed with a gift of $16 million from CME Trust. CME Trust, with assets of approximately $50 million, was established by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) in 1969, under the direction of its then chairman, Leo Melamed, to provide financial protection to customers in the event a CME member firm became insolvent or unable to meet its obligations to its customers. Because there never was a need for the endowment to be used for its intended purpose, CME Trust received court approval to distribute its net income to public charities in 2005. In addition to the Foundation's annual grant payout, CME Trust expects to make a contribution annually to CME Group Foundation for its grantmaking.

CME Group Foundation's mission is to enhance economic opportunity by supporting academic initiatives and activities, primarily in the Chicago region, that:

    -- promote research, teaching and learning in financial markets, futures
       and derivatives;
    -- promote the education of disadvantaged children and youth; and
    -- promote the health and education of young children.

The officers and directors of the new foundation are Chairman Leo Melamed, Vice-chairman Charles P. Carey, Vice-chairman Craig S. Donohue, Vice-chairman Terrence A. Duffy, Vice-chairman John F. Sandner, Treasurer James P. Oliff, and Secretary Howard J. Siegel. Kassie Davis serves as Executive Director.

SOURCE: CME Group Foundation

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