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About Face Theatre (AFT) was founded in 1995 to create exceptional, innovative, and adventurous plays that advance the national dialogue on gender and sexual identity and to entertain and challenge audiences in Chicago, across the country and around the world. AFT addresses the lack of educational and artistic programming dedicated to young people by offering a safe space where youth create community and use theatre as a means of activism and empowerment.  CFW recently supported educational programming.

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.
Action Now Institute (ANI) has extensive experience in community organizing, movement building, community outreach, and leadership training.  ANI is also working to reduce teacher turnover and assist women pursue their aspirations to become teachers.  CFW recently funded the Grow Your Own (GYO) Teachers and Pre-GYO programs to provide skill development for women and to ensure successful careers as highly effective teachers. 

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 fitness programs 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 capacity building support.

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 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.
Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education, organizing, and advocating for just public policies. Arise Chicago is working in partnership with six other area organizations—including CFW grantees Latino Union, The Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and Women Employed—to pass an Illinois Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.  CFW recently funded strategic support to boost capacity for mobilizing Polish women to increase advocacy efforts.

The Asian Health Coalition of Illinois was created in 1996 by a collaboration of ethnic community-based organizations, health care providers and community members to address the unmet health needs of Asian & Pacific Islander communities in Illinois. CFW recently funded the Women's Health program, targeting underserved Asian women in the Chicago metropolitan area with culturally and linguistically tailored breast and cervical health education, outreach, screening and linkage to care.
Between Friends is a non-profit organization dedicated to breaking the cycles of domestic violence throughout Chicagoland. For domestic violence survivors, Between Friends provides counseling, court advocacy, a crisis line, a financial literacy program, case management, child care, and direct assistance to help them rebuild their lives and move into safer and healthier situations. 
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 Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC) is a coalition of over 300 labor, civil rights, women's, faith-based, provider, senior citizen, and community-based organizations founded in 1989 to advance equal access to health care.  CFW recently funded a strategic initiative to educate and train nonprofit organizations on the Affordable Care Act and how the policy will impact women.
The Cara Program (TCP)
TCP’s Eleanor Career Advancement Program (ECAP) helps to prepare employed Cara women for the next step in their professional journeys, whether that be additional training, enrolling in formal educational programs, or finding a more suitable job through which they can advance their pay.
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.
Centers for New Horizons enables children, youth, and families to become self-reliant. Since its inception, Centers for New Horizons has educated over 20,000 young children and supported the employment of thousands of parents.  CFW recently support the early childhood caregivers program and certification, ensuring women participants were able to secure a living wage.

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 for 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.  CFW recently funded WYDP and capacity building.

Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR) is the first summer leadership retreat in the Midwest for youth ages 15-21 who trace their heritage to South Asia and the diaspora, and who identify themselves as change-makers. CDYR aims to equip desi youth with the skills and tools to analyze social problems and take action to address the issues facing their communities.  CFW recently provided general operating support.
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 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 House & Social Services
Chicago House’s Transworks is a pilot program which combines the established expertise of Chicago House’s employment program with the TransLife Center’s gender nonconforming work to address the specific barriers in the workplace. The majority of the participants will be transgender women of color.
The Chicago Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law provides pro bono representation to people who face discrimination in access to housing, employment, and related areas, and who are unable to afford the cost of private legal services.  A member of the Eleanor Network at CFW, LCBH provides housing expertise to Network organizations and participants, assisting women head-of-household who are disproportionately impacted by the lack of affordable housing. CFW recently funded general operating.  
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 a collaborative service model planning effort.

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 advocacy and direct service programming.

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.

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.
Connections for Abused Women and their Children's (CAWC) mission is committed to ending domestic violence.  Using a self-help, empowerment approach, CAWC provides counseling, advocacy, and a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence. CFW recently funded its emergency shelter.

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., Chicago Alumnae Chapter provides assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. CFW recently funded a health series event focused on the intersection of health and domestic violence.

Demoiselle 2 Femme Nfp is French for “Young Ladies to Women.”  The organization provides holistic services, education, instruction and training to assist adolescent in a successful transition to womanhood. CFW recently funded health programming for girls.
The Domestic Violence Legal Clinic's mission is to provide free legal services and referrals to low-income Cook County residents who have been subjected to domestic violence to help them achieve safety from abusive relationships.  Located in the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse, DVLC provides emergency, same-day legal representation for victims in crisis.  CFW recently funded pro bono programming. 
The Dreamcatcher Foundation seeks to improve the lives of Chicago's most disadvantaged and disenfranchised young women ages 12-24.  The organization's mission is to help females, particularly adolescent youth, infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, sexual exploitation, substance abuse, and domestice violence build self confidence, courage and independent spirit to achieve positive goals.

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.
The Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to help low income Chicago area individuals and families through a crisis or transition.  A member of the Eleanor Network at CFW, the organization fulfills unmet needs for women by providing timely direct financial assistance, primarily for homelessness prevention.  CFW recently supported the flexible funding program.
Facing Forward to End Homelessness
Facing Forward to End Homelessness’ Housing First program provides housing and comprehensive case management to homeless women and children.  The program relies on collaboration within the interdisciplinary team of case managers, nurse practitioners and supervisory staff as well as an outside referral network of service professionals and organizations to achieve the desired outcomes.
Family Rescue (FR) is dedicated to alleviating domestic violence in Chicago by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to victims of domestic violence, particularly to abused women and their children.  CFW recently provided general operating support.  
The Family Defense Center's mission is to advocate for families in the child welfare system.  The Mothers’ Defense Project analyzes and educates the public about "gender-plus" discrimination, securing legal and policy remedies in cases where mothers are wrongfully targeted by gender-discriminatory policies and practices in the child welfare system.  CFW recently provided strategic support for the project’s publications.

Girls 4 Science is dedicated to exposing girls in Chicago ages 10-18 years old to science, technology, engineering and math.  CFW recently funded general operating.

 provides adolescent refugee Chicago girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities.  CFW recently fund general operating and capacity building.
Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The curriculum aims to instill in each girl the attitudes and behaviors that will foster emotional and physical health throughout her lifetime.  CFW recently funded programming for middle-school girls.

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.
GRANDFamilies Program of Chicago's GRANDFamilies Program of Chicago's (GRANDFamilies) mission is to improve the quality of life for grandparents raising their grandchildren, strengthening the entire family. GRANDFamilies achieves its work through three primary initiatives: the Empowerment Network Sessions, the Resource and Supportive Services Network, and the Technical Assistance Network. 
Guardian Angel Community Services (GACS) has seven core programs, including domestic violence and sexual assault services. Last year, GACS served over 6,400 residents and reached over 21,000 individuals through prevention education in Will, Cook, Grundy, and surrounding counties. GACS has been serving the Chicago land area for more than 115 years.

The Harbour, Inc. is a community-based agency established in 1971 that provides essential services to runaway, locked-out, and homeless girls and young women.  CFW recently supported the Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing for Community Youth. 

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.

Health & Disability Advocates was founded in 1992 to educate stakeholders about the critical role Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid play in the lives of persons with disabilities and older adults. A program of HDA, the Illinois Against Military Sexual Trauma initiative will educate a range of stakeholders and build a statewide coalition of advocates.  CFW recent provided support for the initiative.
HealthConnect One (HC One) is the national leader in advancing respectful, community-based, peer-to-peer support for pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and early parenting. CFW recently funded HC One's multi-year advocacy strategy to promote the sustainability of the perinatal community health professionals, ensuring increased economic security for women workers.  
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 HHCS’ Imagine, Dedicate, Earn, Achieve (IDEA) program. IDEA is an established asset building and financial literacy program for low-wage working women. Participants from resource/training grantee organizations will have access to individual consultations as well as workshops throughout the year. 

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.
Housing Opportunities for Women's (HOW) Housing Program is a cornerstone of its service offerings with 370 subsidized units.  Approximately one half of HOW's housing stock is dedicated to working women and families, the remaining units are for women with disabilities, including specialized programs for those living with chronic illness such as HIV/AIDS.  CFW recently funded the Center for Working Women.
The Howard Brown Health Center (HBHC) is one of the nation's largest community health centers specializing in meeting the health care needs of families, adults, and youth in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.  HBHC provides comprehensive services to over 13,000 patients each year that includes primary care, behavioral health, case management and outreach, infection and chronic disease prevention and management, community-engaged research, pharmacy services, and education. 

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. CFW has recently funded the local launch of its child care brief and the organization provides stabilization resources to members of the Eleanor Network at CFW.

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 Infant Welfare Society of Evanston, Inc. is committed to the care and early education of infants and toddlers and to supporting their families' efforts to be self sufficient providers and effective parents.  CFW recently supported the teen parenting programs.

EverThrive Illinois (formerly 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.
Instituto del Progreso Latino (Instituto) is a leading city and state educational center serving more than 14,000 participants annually to advance their basic academic skills, obtain a high school diploma, increase their job skills, and provide assistance with employment opportunities.  CFW recently funded the Mujer Avanzando program to assist low-income working women obtain living wage jobs. 

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.

Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation provides resources to the business community as well as to those stakeholders who work, live and do business in the area.  CFW recently funded the emergency medical technician training program for low-income women.
Korean American Community Services (KACS) is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive social services agency dedicated to meeting the needs of Korean immigrants with programs throughout the lifespan. CFW recently supported the Domestic Violence Prevention and Family Support Program.  The program strives to provide case management services, to empower survivors and child witnesses to sustain healthy and independent lives, and to educate the Korean American and Latino communities about domestic violence and resources available. 

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.

Latino Union of Chicago collaborates with low-income immigrant workers to develop the tools necessary to collectively improve social and economic conditions. CFW recently funded the Women Workers' Project, a transformative program for women day laborers, domestic workers, and other women workers to create just conditions in the workplace, home, and community. 

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.

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.
McDermott Center/Haymarket Center
The McDermott Center--doing business as Haymarket Center--is Chicago's largest not-for-profit, community-based provider of comprehensive substance use disorders treatment and support services with the mission: to aid people with chemical dependency in their recovery by providing a continuum of optimal professional care that is responsive to the identified needs of the community.  CFW recently supported programming for pregnancy and parenting mothers.
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) is committed to educating, organizing and empowering tenants to have a voice in the decisions that affect the availability and affordability of safe and decent housing.  CFW recently funded the organization to provide support to Eleanor Network women, helping them stabilize their housing situation.

The Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf (MCLD) promotes and protects the constitutional, civil and other legal rights of persons who are deaf and hard of hearing.  As the only center of its kind, MCLD provides education for the deaf community about their rights under state/federal laws.  CFW recently funded an initiative to help women who are deaf and are experiencing domestic violence.
Midwest Academy's 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.  CFW recently funded the Project and capacity building.

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 domestic violence and sexual assault programming.

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.  CFW recently funded a research and policy brief highlighting best practices and recommendations for The Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program (RAPP).
Options for Youth (OFY) works to expand opportunities for underserved youth by developing programs that build upon the strengths and maximize the potential of each young person. Programs have a rich history of more than 20 years of service to Chicago's adolescent community.  CFW recently funded programming for teen mothers.

PAVE: Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment uses education and action to shatter the silence of sexual and domestic violence including sexual abuse, rape, sexual assault and intimate partner violence.  CFW recently funded programming on Chicago-area college campuses.

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 general operating.
The Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program provides girls (ages 7-17) with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. In partnership with local schools, businesses, and over 100 volunteer mentors, the organization has helped girls exhibit poise, react responsibly as opposed to retaliating, demonstrate assertiveness instead of aggressiveness, identify the difference between class and sass, and become polished.  CFW recently provided general operating support.

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.
Project Fierce Chicago is a grassroots collective comprised of longtime social workers, queer activists, housing advocates and other service providers that have come together to create a community funded project to provide an affirming home for LGBTQ homeless young adults in Chicago.  CFW recently supported the Fierce Youth Leadership Council.

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.  CFW recently funded an education panel on women veterans and the challenges they face. 

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.  CFW recently provided capacity building. 

Rape Victim Advocates 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 general operating.

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.  CFW recently funded general operating.
RefugeeOne has helped more than 15,000 refugees build new lives in Chicago after they fled war, terror, and persecution. Each year, many arrive with serious medical and mental health problems, but all come with extraordinary resilience. RefugeeOne creates opportunities for them to build new lives of safety, dignity, and self-reliance.  CFW recently supported the Refugee Women's Health Program.

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.
Rush University Medical Center has served as an integral part of Chicago's healthcare network since 1837. The organization's mission is to provide the very best care for patients. Rush's education and research endeavors, community service programs, and relationships with other hospitals are dedicated to enhancing excellence in patient care for the diverse communities of Chicago.  CFW recently supported the Military Sexual Trauma program of the Road Home program for veterans.
A Safe Place is committed to becoming a model for the prevention of domestic violence through empowerment,counseling, intervention, education, research and evaluation in collaboration with the community.  A Safe Place's residential program provides secure emergency shelter, food, clothing and other necessary items that families may need when they flee abuse within their homes. Other services include a 24-hour crisis line, counseling and support groups for women and children.  CFW recently provided general operating support.
Saint Anthony Hospital strengthens the community through the power of partnership and quality health care that turns no one away.  CFW recently funded the School at Work program to provide women employees the opportunity to develop job skills and advance their careers.

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.
Skills for Chicagoland's Future (SCF) strives to close the workforce skills gap by responding to the hiring needs of employers and filling open positions with unemployed Chicagoland residents. CFW recently funded programming to help women secure living wage employment.  

Spanish Coalition for Housing's 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.  CFW recently funded programming for Eleanor Network women to ensure access to stable housing.
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.
Step Up Women's Network is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to igniting women and girls to fulfill their potential by implementing afterschool programs and providing mentorship opportunities.  CFW recently funded teen empowerment programming.
The Cara Program (TCP) ensures that students maintain their jobs by incorporating intensive life-skills training and retention support services into the programming. CFW recently funded the career advancement program for working women.
The Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, activists, and community organizers providing free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people targeted by the criminal legal system.  CFW recently funded general operating.  

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.

UCAN  is a multi-faceted social service agency which serves more than 12,000 children, youth and families in Illinois each year.  CFW recently funded the home host program for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.  
Upwardly Global
Upwardly Global’s (Chicago) Immigrant Women in STEM and In-Demand program serves approximately 80 women per year. The program works with women who  face additional barriers to professional integration, despite their strong representations in critical fields like STEM and healthcare.
The Viola Project provides programming for young women ages 10-16 to study and perform the works of William Shakespeare, creating a culture that grounds them in their sense of self while instilling the importance of empathy and ensemble.  CFW 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.

The Women's Health Foundation is dedicated to improving women's pelvic health, which includes bladder, bowel, uterine, and vaginal health, as well as pelvic muscles and structures. CFW recently funded a health series event.

Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC)
WBDC’s Women's Vetrepreneurship Program (WVP) was recently launched to meet the needs of women veterans who want to pursue self-employment or business ownership as a pathway to economic security and independence.  
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.  CFW recently the Women's Voices Fund, a project of the bookstore, to help sustain and develop an ongoing program series focused on women's lives, ideas, and work.

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 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."
Yoga For Recovery works within the Cook County Sheriff's Women's Justice Program (SWJP) to provide opportunities for empowerment, reduce recidivism, and increase the rate of recovery for incarcerated women, with an emphasis on future freedom from violence.  CFW recently funded general operating.  

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). It 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.  CFW recently funded healthy relationships and anti-violence programming. 

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.

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center provides a place where survivors of sexual assault and abuse can heal and mobilizes the community towards action to end sexual violence.  Programs heal the victims of rape and incest and provide safety education for students.  CFW recently supported a prevention program for students.

How to Contact Us
Chicago Foundation for Women welcomes questions from applicants at any point before, during and after the application process.
Please contact Program Officer Elizabeth Hartig at or (312) 577-2819.

This page last updated 1/11/2013