Kroc Center Partnership

Partnership between Classics for Kids Foundation and Salvation Army Kroc Centers

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Classics for Kids Foundation (CFKF) has been given the unique opportunity to
explore a formative partnership with the Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc
Community Centers. In 1998, Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, donated $90 million to the Salvation Army (TSA) to build a comprehensive community center in San Diego, CA. When Mrs. Kroc passed away in 2003, she left $1.8 billion to TSA, the largest single gift given to any single charity at one time. The money was designated to build a series of state-of-the-art community centers in the four Army Territories. No other US charity has ever undertaken such a sweeping fundraising or construction effort with the potential to impact millions of people.

Shared Missions

This partnership realizes an alignment of visions between CFKF’s mission of supporting string education programs through matching string instrument grants and support for program creation, and realization of the Kroc family’s vision of music being central to the experience of children involved at all Kroc Centers nationally.

Individual Programs

  • Boston String Project
  • Coachella Valley String Program