Chicago Foundation for Women raises money to fund and support organizations that help women and girls—it's all about making smarter connections between need, money and solutions.

We improve the lives of women and girls through grants, advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education.


Chicago Foundation for Women announces that Agnes Meneses, one of Chicago’s leading voices for survivors of domestic violence and their families, will join the organization Feb. 16 in the new role of Director of Strategic Initiatives.  

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women's civic plan

CFW will collaborate with people and organizations to create a plan that mobilizes a network of leaders in our city to define a shared set of solutions.

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over $1 million in grants

We are happy to annouce that we made 33 grants totaling $1,242,750 to support basic rights and equal opportunities for women and girls. 

For the complete list of grants awarded for the fall 2014 cycle, please visit:


Meet the 30th Anniversary Impact Award honorees! 

 Sponsorships are now available! 

cfw is turning 30!

We will celebrate our 30th Anniversary in 2015.

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President's Corner


Anti-racism and feminism: Can they co-exist? For Chicago Foundation for Women that question is not an intellectual exercise.

Read the newest Huffington Post article, "Anti-racism and feminism: Can they co-exist?" from our President/CEO, K. Sujata.



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2014 Annual Report

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Upcoming Events

 February 10: 10: A Conversation for the New Year: Race & Feminism. Where Do You Stand?

 February 19, : Putting Your Passion into Action with the YWGC

 March 3,4,5, : Board Boot Camp: Reboot

 March 7: International Women's Day Reboot with the LBTQ Giving Council

 March 12: 30th Anniversary Impact Awards

 March 21: Pop-Up Shop with the YWGC Awards

 September 29: 30th Anniversary Luncheon and Symposium

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