Read about the projects that Chicago Foundation for Women has funded in the past three fiscal years.
A Long Walk Home, Inc.
uses art therapy and the visual and performance arts to reduce violence and help underserved survivors of trauma heal. Survivor-created art is publicly presented to bring about social change. CFW has recently funded the Girl/Friends program and general operating.Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
is a center for independent living for people with disabilities, offering direct services and advocacy related to housing, health and anti-violence throughout Chicago. CFW recently funded its leadership programs and advocacy for young women with disabilities.Affinity Community Services
provides community resources, political advocacy and a safe space on the south side of Chicago for lesbian and bisexual African Americans. CFW recently funded its move to a new shared office and general operating. Alternatives, Inc.
is a youth and family service agency serving the Chicago communities of Uptown, Edgewater and Rogers Park. Its mission is to facilitate personal development, strengthen family relationships and enhance the community's well being. CFW has recently funded its Girl World empowerment program and resource fair.Amigas Latinas Association
empowers and celebrates Latina women who identify as lesbian and bisexual. Located in Chicago, it offers a safe environment for friendship, mentorship and personal growth. CFW has recently funded its youth program (Amiguitas) and general operating.Apna Ghar
is a safe haven for all South Asian and all immigrant women in Chicago experiencing family violence, offering a full range of culturally appropriate social services as well as shelter. CFW has recently funded its services for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, its reproductive justice work and general operating.Arab American Action Network
is a grassroots, community-based organization which strengthens the Chicago area's Arab and Arab American community through community organizing, advocacy, education and social services, leadership development and relationships across communities. CFW has recently funded its Arab Women's Committee as well as its anti-family-violence programming.Arab American Family Services
empowers and enhances the lives of Arab American and Muslim American people through educational programs and services, primarily in the southwest and near west suburbs of Chicago. CFW has recently funded its domestic violence prevention and intervention program as well as organizational capacity building.Assist Her, Inc
. is dedicated to raising awareness about issues and concerns unique to the lives of all girls, primarily Latina and African American girls ages 12-17. Assist Her offers prevention, literacy and mentoring programs; customized workshops for parents, schools and organizations; professional development; and community events. CFW has recently funded its "After I Met a Boy..." STDs, HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy Prevention Campaign.Bright Endeavors (a social enterprise of New Moms)
utilizes a production and retail candle business to give homeless and at-risk young women in Chicago opportunities for experiential learning, workforce training, financial literacy and personal growth. CFW has recently funded general operating.The Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
in Chicago is a nonpartisan research and advocacy think-and-do tank committed to ensuring that tax, spending and economic policies are fair and just. CFW has recently funded gender-focused research on Illinois' budget.Center on Halsted
is Chicago's first and the Midwest's largest LGBT community center, offering community-based social service, educational and cultural programs for youth, adults, families and seniors. CFW has recently funded its programs for older women and general operating.Centro Comunitario Juan Diego
is a grassroots organization that serves those in need and builds community leadership to promote positive social change among low-income Latina women in South Chicago. CFW has recently funded its anti-violence program and general operating.Centro Romero
is a community-based organization that serves the refugee immigrant population on the northeast side of Chicago through adult education, women's empowerment, legal assistance, and youth learning and leadership development. CFW has recently funded its domestic violence program.Chicago Abortion Fund
provides low-income women with access to safe, affordable abortion services. It also engages in reproductive justice advocacy by offering women it has served advocacy training and leadership development. CFW has recently funded the My Voice, My Choice Leadership Group and general operating.The Chicago Academy for the Arts
is a nonprofit college-prep high school for the performing, visual and media arts in Chicago. It prepares young artists for life through rigorous academics and professional arts training. CFW has recently funded the Academy's Nancy M. Goodman scholarship fund.Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT)
- CAT’s Women's Youth Development Program (WYDP) is a gender-specific programming to young women and girls that integrates experiential opportunities with reflection and discussion so that participants can relate their experiences to patterns, strengths, challenges, and/or barriers they experience in everyday life
.The Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation
counters the many cultural forces and individuals that perpetrate, profit from or tacitly support sexually exploitative acts against vulnerable people. It does this through advocacy, prevention, legislative reform and litigation. CFW has recently funded the End Demand Illinois campaign, local advocacy projects and general operating.The Chicago Area Women's History Council
supports the research, writing, teaching, preservation and dissemination of women's history in Chicago. It has carried out this mission through public programs, academic seminars, exhibitions, curriculum development, support of elementary, secondary, college and university teachers, tours of the city and publications. CFW has recently funded the documentation of Chicago women's activism.Chicago Books to Women in Prison
is a volunteer collective working to distribute books free of charge to women in prison nationwide. Chicago BWP is dedicated to offering women behind bars the opportunity for the self-empowerment, education and entertainment that reading provides. CFW has recently funded general operating.Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness. It targets housing, jobs and education, and it mobilizes people hurt by homelessness. CFW has recently funded its Prostitution Alternatives Round Table.The Chicago Dyke March Collective
is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer and transgender resilience. CFW has recently funded several of the annual Chicago Dyke Marches.Chicago Global Donors Network
increases knowledge about and resources directed toward international philanthropy. Its common purpose is to work together to build a culture of giving to improve the quality and condition of human life. CFW has recently funded its annual conference on international giving.Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers
(CLAIM) addresses the gap in legal aid and advocacy for women prisoners and their families. It advocates for policies and programs that benefit families of imprisoned mothers and reduce the incarceration of women and girls. CFW has recently funded its reproductive justice advocacy, leadership development program and general operating.The Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
is a collaborative membership organization that improves the lives of survivors, their children and others impacted by domestic violence. It engages in public policy and advocacy and connects community members to local service providers. CFW has recently funded its advocacy, pre-election forums for Chicago and Cook County candidates, and general operating.The Chicago Public Art Group
establishes creative partnerships between artists and communities in an effort to transform and enhance the lives of Chicago-area residents. CPAG designs public art projects and introduces creative skills to children and adults; trains and educates professional artists in creating community responsive art projects, and exposes communities to the possibilities inherent in collaborative public art. CFW has recently funded its mural projects. Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women
brings together Chicago organizations and young women to develop a comprehensive, citywide approach to ending violence against girls and young women. CFW has recently funded general operating support.Chicago Women in Trades
improves women's economic equity by providing support, advocacy and education to women who hold or seek jobs in the skilled trades traditionally held by men. It provides technical assistance, documents trends in the nontraditional workplace, and engages in policy advocacy. CFW has recently funded its green jobs program.Chicago Women's AIDS Project
is the only Chicago organization solely dedicated to providing gender-specific care for HIV-positive women. CWAP provides peer-led support groups and outreach, individual therapy, leadership training and educational workshops, and it is highly active in the Chicago Female Condom Campaign. CFW has recently funded its direct care services and female condom advocacy.Chicago Women's Health Center
, founded in 1975, remains the longest-operating women's health collective in the U.S. It provides women and transgender people gynecological care, alternative insemination, health education, acupuncture and counseling services in a respectful environment, as well as outreach and education. CFW has recently funded its trans inclusion program and general operating.Chinese Mutual Aid Association
is a community-based social services agency working with Chinese and other immigrants and refugees in Chicagoland, engaging in education and workforce development, literacy, senior services, health education, housing and youth projects. CFW has recently funded its Young Women Warriors program.Community Organizing and Family Issues
(COFI) engages women of color and leaders in community and public policy systems change for low-income communities of color, especially in the areas of early care and education, juvenile justice and health. CFW has recently funded its public policy organizing project POWER-PAC and general operating.CommunityHealth
, Illinois' largest free clinic, delivers comprehensive, patient-centered health care at no cost to low-income, uninsured individuals and families on Chicago's west side, with the help of volunteer medical staff. CFW has recently funded its women's health initiative and general operating.Deborah's Place
strives to break the cycle of homelessness for women in Chicago by using a continuum of housing options and comprehensive support services. CFW has recently funded its interim housing for single women and capacity building.Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Chicago Alumnae Chapter
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Programmatic Thrust: e
conomic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, political awareness and involvement.Demoiselle 2 Femme Nfp is French for “Young Ladies to Women.” The organization provides holistic services, education, instruction and training to assist adolescent females in a successful transition to womanhood. D2F has provided prevention and education programs to more than 2,000 girls ages 13-19 in the Chicagoland community for more than 14 years.
The Dinner Party Project in Chicago started 30 years ago when a group of feminist leaders brought Judy Chicago's art installation Dinner Party to Chicago. Members of the Roslyn Book Club (which still meets today) organized the exhibition that was seen by more than 70,000 people. CFW recently funded the celebration and documentation of the original collaboration.
Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago addresses human rights, access, representation, equity and participation, as well as race and class, using the arts and media as a central means of research, engagement, public education and advocacy. CFW has recently funded the 2010 3G Summit: The Future of Girls, Gaming and Gender and the anti-violence art exhibit Off the Beaten Path.
Family Rescue, Inc. is the only single-purpose domestic violence agency on the south side of Chicago. It offers a 24-hour crisis line, shelter, an outreach program, supportive housing and counseling, and comprehensive legal advocacy. All services are free, confidential and offered in English and Spanish. CFW has recently funded its Community Outreach Program.
Gender JUST (Gender Justice United for Societal Transformation) is a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational grassroots organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and allied (LGBTQA) young people, LGBTQA people of color, and LGBTQA grassroots folks developing leadership and building power through organizing. It strives to move LGBTQA struggles forward by organizing through a racial, economic and gender justice framework. CFW has recently funded general operating.
Girls 4 Science, is dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago ages 10-18 years old to science, technology, engineering and math.
GirlForward provides adolescent refugee Chicago girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities.
Girls in the Game provides and promotes sports and fitness opportunities to enhance the health and well-being of all girls in the Chicago area. CFW has recently funded its teen services programs.
Girls Rock! Chicago is dedicated to fostering the creative expression, self-esteem and community awareness of girls ages 8 to 16 through contemporary music. Girls receive instrument instruction and music composition coaching; take workshops on recording, song writing and technical equipment; engage in team-building activities; and perform as a band. CFW has recently funded its summer camp.
Global Girls, Inc. is a performing arts organization on Chicago's south side. Girls ages 8 to 18, primarily African American, learn communication, presentation and performance skills and create socially conscious, youth-driven theatre that gives voice to girls' issues and concerns. CFW has recently funded its performance and workshop series on intergenerational sexual health education.
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is a research and advocacy institute with a focus on Chicago-area and Illinois public health and care for the poor and underserved. CFW has recently funded its project with court-involved girls and its advocacy with the Cook County public health system.
HEART Women & Girls Project is committed to empowering women and girls in faith-based and community settings by providing health promotion programming, services, and strategies that will teach them to connect a healthy mind, body, and soul to achieve an overall sense of well-being. CFW has recently funded its mindbodysoul Workshop Series, capacity building and general operating.
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights helps people living in poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights. It offers diverse, comprehensive programs and conducts advocacy and research efforts informed by its experience delivering services. CFW has recently funded its research on poverty and its statewide anti-poverty campaign.
Heartwood Foundation provides free, integrative health treatments to Chicago-area low-income women with a cancer diagnosis. Acupuncture, massage, bodywork, psychotherapy, yoga and educational classes help alleviate pain, boost the immune system, ease anxiety and manage the side effects of cancer treatment. CFW has recently funded The Women and Cancer Program.
Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. It conducts in-depth field investigations on widespread human rights violations, then publishes its findings in reports and disseminates them locally and internationally. CFW has recently funded its Women's Rights Division.
Illinois Action for Children works to ensure that all children in Illinois have access to high quality opportunities, and that parents are supported in their goals of economic self-sufficiency and stability. It researches and implements highly effective and innovative programs and advocacy to ensure that early care, education and other opportunities are accessible to the children most in need. CFW has recently funded the local launch of its child care brief.
Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), a youth-led organization, advocates for sound policies and practices that support a positive approach to adolescent sexuality, sexual health and parenting. CFW has recently funded general operating.
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is an advocacy and organizing agency for immigrant and refugee communities statewide. It is dedicated to building power for immigrant communities and ensuring that their voices are heard in the public arena--especially regarding policies that affect them. CFW has recently funded the release of its report on immigrant women's civic leadership.
Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition promotes and improves the health and well-being of infants, children, mothers and families through advocacy, education, community empowerment and policy development. CFW has recently funded its Englewood Women's Empowerment Project.
The Illinois Safe Schools Alliance promotes the safety, support and healthy development of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in Illinois schools and communities through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research. CFW has recently funded its statewide anti-bullying advocacy and general operating.
The Institute of Women Today provides shelter and support services to homeless women, their children, and to senior citizens, in Chicago's Englewood community. The Institute operates an interim housing facility and sponsors a senior center. Its mission is to empower and support women to ultimately break the cycle of homelessness. CFW has recently funded general operating.
Interfaith Worker Justice calls upon religious values to improve wages, benefits and working conditions for workers by educating and organizing present and future religious leaders, interfaith coalitions and workers centers. CFW recently funded capacity building.
Jane Addams Resource Corporation provides high-quality skills training and support services to help lower-income and unemployed workers achieve self-sufficiency. CFW has recently funded The Women in Manufacturing Welding Program which trains low-income single head of household women to compete in high-paying but male-dominated skilled trades.
Jane Addams Senior Caucus is a grassroots organization of Chicago-area older adults organizing to build relationships, develop leaders, educate people and create the power necessary for older adults to play a central role in determining their quality of life. CFW has recently funded capacity building, its health care advocacy and its housing advocacy.
Korean American Community Services is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive social service agency dedicated to meeting the needs of Korean Americans in Chicagoland. It celebrates Korean American ethnicity and empowers all members of the community by providing educational, legal, health and social services. CFW has recently funded its domestic violence prevention and family support program.
The Korean American Resource and Cultural Center serves and advocates for Asian/Pacific Islander people in Chicago and the northwest suburbs through education, social services, organizing/advocacy and cultural programming. CFW has recently funded its reproductive justice program for young women.
Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN) provides comprehensive bilingual and bicultural programs to respond to the specific needs of Korean and Asian American women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence in the Chicago area. It also engages in advocacy through organizing, community outreach and education for its members. CFW has recently funded its bilingual domestic violence services and general operating.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV/AIDS through impact litigation, education and public policy work. CFW has recently funded general operating.
Latino Union of Chicago collaborates with low-income immigrant workers to develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions. Its mission is accomplished by developing leadership from within the immigrant worker community, advancing feasible alternatives to the injustices immigrant workers face, and building the larger movement for immigrant worker rights.
Latinos Progresando serves immigrants with low-cost legal immigration services, community theater, education and advocacy organizing around policy that affects immigrants. CFW has recently funded its Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) project.
Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing promotes decent, safe, affordable housing for low-income Chicagoans through legal representation, education and advocacy. CFW has recently funded general operating.
Links North Shore Youth Health Service empowers young people in Chicago's north and northwest suburbs to make informed, responsible decisions about their health, well-being and sexuality. Links provides health education in the schools and community, medical care, counseling and support services for sexual minority youth. CFW has recently funded its Sappho's Sisters girls-only program.
Literature for All of Us brings the rewards of reading and writing through book discussions to teen mothers and other young people in underserved neighborhoods in the Chicago area. CFW has recently funded The Body Project, an eight-week health-focused curriculum for the young women in its book groups as well as capacity building and general operating.
Lookingglass Theatre Company is a national leader in the creation and presentation of innovative and cutting-edge theatrical work. The Chicago-based theatre develops new plays, stages world premieres and conducts community outreach. CFW has recently funded the world premiere of Trust.
Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force works to reduce the racial, ethnic and class disparities in breast cancer death rates in Chicago. It does this through research, informative reports, community outreach and advocacy to improve and increase government and private funding for affordable mammography and cancer treatment services. CFW has recently funded its campaign kickoff, capacity building and general operating support.
Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO)- MTO will accept referrals from partner organizations of women who are experiencing a rental housing problem. MTO will provide support to these women to help them stabilize their housing situation.
Midwest Academy- The Aging Justice Project is a yearlong intensive policy training program that will equip older women, their allies, and their organizations with the capacity to advocate successfully for policies that allow older women to age in place with dignity, economic security, and access to affordable health care.
The Midwest Access Project, founded by Chicago-based family physicians and reproductive health advocates, exists to increase the provision of full-spectrum reproductive health care in the region--without barriers to access--through education and training of health care providers and the public. CFW has recently funded its Individual Clinical Training Program and Regional Collaboration Program as well as general operating.
Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers Latinas through providing services which reflect their values and culture and by being an advocate on the issues that affect their lives. It provides services in domestic violence, sexual assault, parent support, homelessness prevention, youth-crisis intervention and Latina leadership. CFW has recently funded Latina Portrait 2010, the Latina Leadership program (including its inclusion in Mujer Avanzando) and general operating.
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation has been recognized as the political and grassroots leader of the pro-choice movement for the past 30 years. Its mission is to build and sustain the pro-choice constituency across the country. CFW has recently funded general operating.
The National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum - Chicago Chapter is part of a national, progressive, multi-issue Asian and Pacific Islander (API) women's organization that engages in grassroots organizing, leadership development, research, strategic collaborations and policy advocacy. CFW has recently funded a local community response needs assessment on API women and reproductive justice.
The National Immigrant Justice Center at Heartland Alliance ensures human rights protections and access to justice for immigrants. It serves vulnerable immigrant populations: survivors of domestic violence, unaccompanied immigrant children, families with limited resources, LGBTQ immigrants, victims of human trafficking, detained immigrants and persons fleeing persecution. CFW has recently funded its its work on human rights protections for immigrant women, its counter-trafficking project, and an educational program on immigrant women's barriers to health care.
The Neighborhood Writing Alliance provokes dialogue, builds community and promotes change by creating opportunities for adults in Chicago's underserved communities to write, publish and perform works about their lives. CFW recently funded a writing program for older women.
New Moms, Inc. equips at-risk adolescent parents and their children with immediate living needs and teaches participants to advocate for themselves by providing supportive living space for homeless teens with children, as well as through mentoring in education, employment, self-sufficiency, parenting and life skills. CFW recently funded capacity building.
The Night Ministry provides housing, healthcare and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness.
The NOW Foundation is an education, training and litigation organization allied with the National Organization for Women. Through education and advocacy, it works to inform policy makers and the general public about the need for equal treatment of women and for a constitutional guarantee of equal rights under the law. CFW has recently funded general operating.
PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment is a national, grassroots nonprofit. PAVE uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence including sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and intimate partner violence.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois provides comprehensive reproductive health care services in settings which preserve the essential privacy, dignity and rights of each individual; provides educational programs on human sexuality that lead to informed, responsible decision-making; and advocates for public policies on health-related issues. CFW has recently funded its Roe v. Wade anniversary event, work with its Aurora clinic and general operating.
POW-WOW, Inc. supports, develops and increases the visibility of women artists--particularly those of color--in an effort to create social change and gender consciousness around the issues of media representation, inclusive cultural arts documentation and political awareness. CFW has recently funded its educational program on STIs and HIV among lesbian women and general operating.
Primo Center for Women & Children provides transitional housing, counseling and support services to homeless women and their children; supports mothers in their education and training efforts to find and retain employment; and offers computer and GED classes and a food pantry for the West Garfield Park neighborhood. CFW has recently funded its Family Leadership Institute and general operating.
Project Exploration is a science education organization that works to ensure that populations traditionally overlooked by science--youth and girls of color--have access to personalized experiences with science and scientists. PE's approach includes hands-on programming, authentic fieldwork, leadership development and developing long-term relationships. CFW has recently funded its programs for girls and capacity building.
Pritzer Military Library is a non-partisan research library that attempts to increase the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served.
Rainbow House, is designed to: 1) Provide women experiencing family violence with the education and resources they need to successfully seek help for their situation and (2) Break the cycle of violence by educating children, specifically girls, about the characteristics of a healthy relationship.
Rape Victim Advocates is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors in the Chicago area through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group counseling, and medical and legal advocacy. It also provides public education and institutional advocacy. CFW has recently funded its services for elder survivors of sexual violence, its community engagement work with the play Trust and general operating.
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago is a workers' center that seeks improved wages and working conditions for low-wage restaurant workers in Chicago. It works with employers and employees and engages in organizing, participatory research and policy work. CFW has recently funded its women's focus groups and its Women's Committee.
Rivendell Theatre Ensemble is a professional theatre company committed to recognizing and cultivating the talents of women in theatre — from playwrights and actors to set designers and costume artists.
The Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois is a non-partisan nonprofit dedicated to protecting the liberties and freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, the state Constitution and human rights laws. It engages in litigation, lobbying and public education. CFW has recently funded its reproductive rights project.
The Rogers Park Young Women's Action Team is a youth-led, adult-supported social change project that empowers women to take action on issues that affect their lives--particularly issues of violence against girls and young women. CFW has recently funded general operating.
Sarah's Inn provides services for victims of domestic violence in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and 22 west suburban communities. It provides a broad range of comprehensive services (in English, Spanish and American Sign Language) in the areas of safety, prevention, intervention, advocacy, education and support. CFW has recently funded its supportive services.
The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law advocates for fair laws and policies that help people move out of poverty permanently. Its three core goals are to improve the lives of low-wage workers, advance families toward economic security, and strengthen communities and create opportunity. CFW has recently funded its Women's Law and Policy Project and its WomanView newsletter.
Storycatchers Theatre prepares young people, in particular those who are incarcerated and underserved, to make positive life choices through the process of writing, producing and performing original musical theatre inspired by personal stories. CFW has recently funded its program with incarcerated young women and general operating.
Spanish Coalition for Housing- The Comprehensive Homeless Prevention Program utilizes its network of 800 landlords to identify potential housing solutions, including discussions with landlords regarding credit ratings and rental amounts.
Teen Parent Connection provides comprehensive programs and services related to teenage pregnancy and parenting in DuPage County. CFW has recently funded its Doula Program which empowers and supports pregnant teenage women through home visits, education, labor and post-partum support and connections to resources such as food, housing and medical care.
Telpochcalli Community Education Project mobilizes youth and adults for social justice by building individual capacity, collective power, and mutual responsibility through culturally relevant and community-directed education, leadership development and organizing. CFW has recently funded its Women's Cooperative (Servicios Hogarena).
UCAN is a multi-faceted social service agency which serves more than 12000 children, youth and families in Illinois each year.
Voces Primeras distributes documentary-style features of pioneering Latinas to the educational, political and retail markets and encourages the archiving of these women's writings, ephemera, articles and photographs at colleges and universities. CFW has recently funded general operating.
The Voices and Faces Project is a regional and national documentary project and organization that gives voice and face to survivors of sexual violence. It informs and challenges community systems through lobbying, speakers, survivor testimony, websites, and outreach through media and arts. CFW has recently funded capacity building and general operating.
Voices for Illinois Children champions the full development of every child in Illinois to assure the future well-being of the people of the state. It works with families, communities and policymakers to ensure that all children grow up healthy, nurtured, safe and well-educated. CFW has recently funded annual Illinois state budget analyses.
The Westside Health Authority is a community-based and -led organization serving the Austin, Garfield and Lawndale communities of Chicago's west side, offering youth development, technology training, employment, prisoner re-entry services, community organizing, and health education and promotion. CFW has recently funded its multi-generational women's health program.
The White House Project is a national, non-partisan organization rooted in the tradition and mission of women's foundations, that uses a proven political training approach--Vote, Run, Lead--to create a diverse pipeline of new women leaders. CFW has recently funded its Chicago training.
WINGS Program, Inc. provides a continuum of integrated services in Chicago's northwest surburbs in an effort to end domestic violence and homelessness, one family at a time. WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) offers comprehensive services including 24 transitional homes, an emergency domestic violence shelter, job placement and career counseling, counseling, children's services, mentoring and outreach. CFW has recently funded its suburban Latina outreach program.
Women & Children First Bookstore promotes the work of women writers to create a place in which all women would find books reflecting their lives and interests.
Women and Girls Collective Action Network is a center for consciousness-raising, training, dialogue and action around issues that matter to women and girls. Its two programs are Females United for Action--a citywide social justice group for young women and genderqueer youth--and the Community Accountability Project--a catalyst, supporter and documenter of innovative anti-violence initiatives across Chicago. CFW has recently funded transition planning, anti-violence work and the 2009 Status of Girls in Illinois report.
Women Employed Institute improves women's economic status and removes barriers to economic equity by making workplaces fairer, increasing access to high-quality education and training, and providing low-income individuals with information and tools to make effective educational and employment decisions. CFW has recently funded its green jobs initiative, its advocacy for paid sick leave and general operating.
Women's Issues Midlife and Beyond creates and supports systems that nurture women of color experiencing mental and physical health challenges. The agency is a direct service provider that offers advocacy, case management and support groups. CFW recently funded its health symposium.
Women's Media Group, Inc. encourages, promotes and participates in the national public dialogue on women's issues from a feminist perspective via film, radio, recordings, the internet, live productions and forums. CFW has recently funded its multimedia forum on feminism in Evanston and general operating.
The Women's Treatment Center provides comprehensive treatment to substance-abusing women and their children in the Chicago area. It houses five residential programs, outpatient treatment, medically supervised detoxification, on-site health care, daycare, crisis nursery and pre-kindergarten. CFW has recently funded general operating.
Woodstock Institute is a research and policy organization working locally and nationally to create a financial system in which lower-wealth persons and communities of color can safely borrow, save, and build wealth so that they can achieve economic security and community prosperity. CFW has recently funded its research report, "The Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Financial Stability of Women in Chicago."
The Young Women's Empowerment Project provides a safe, respectful and judgement-free space for young women involved in Chicago's sex trade and enables young women to be agents of change in their communities. Members are 80% women of color from low- or no-income backgrounds, and many are mothers, as well as queer, lesbian and bisexual. CFW has recently funded general operating.
The Youth Job Center of Evanston seeks to prepare youth ages 14 to 25 for success in the workplace by providing job readiness, job placement and employment support in partnership with employers. CFW has recently funded its Women Invested in Learning and Livelihoods program.
Youth Outlook provides a safe, supportive, and respectful environment for adolescents, whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). Youth Outlook is the only agency in the DuPage, Kane, and DeKalb counties dedicated to serving LGBTQ youth and to improving the hostile institutional environments that they navigate daily.
YWCA Evanston/Northshore is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity. It provides domestic violence services and violence prevention, young women's leadership, economic empowerment, racial justice initiatives and aquatics. CFW has recently funded its fincial literacy program, its teen relationship education program and general operating.
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity. It operates 11 service centers in Chicago and its suburbs offering sexual violence support, early childhood services and economic empowerment. CFW has recently funded its Center for Racial Justice and Activism.
The Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center provides a place where survivors of sexual assault and abuse can heal, and it mobilizes the community toward action to end sexual violence. CFW has recently funded general operating.
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