tHE GIVING COUNCILS at CFW 

WHY GIVING COUNCILS?
 

As part of its vital work as grantmaker and leading advocate for women's economic security, safety and health, Chicago Foundation for Women is committed to fostering a network of diverse philanthropists and leaders within the Foundation and the community through its Giving Councils.

According to the Women's Funding Network, Chicago Foundation for Women is the first women's fund in the United States to develop affinity groups of diverse women to lead community outreach efforts, setting a national precedent.

Through its Giving Councils, the Foundation aims to: 
  • Exercise the power of giving individually and collectively and create an understanding of philanthropy within different cultures
  • Establish unique funds to provide additional support to the communities represented by the Councils (proceeds generated though fundraising efforts by the Councils go toward these special funds). 
  • Educate the public and take action on unique issues facing diverse communities in the Foundation's areas of interest (economic security, freedom from violence, and access to health services and information)
  • Increase awareness about the Foundation's work within diverse communities; 
  • Provide leadership opportunities and;
  • Amplify the voice of underrepresented women as philanthropists through democratic philanthropy.

Chicago Foundation for Women's GIVING COUNCILS


LBTQ Giving Council
Co-Chairs: Eli March and Laura Stempel
The Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LBTQ) Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women is a fundraising and grantmaking group committed to providing grants to organizations and programs that serve the lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LBTQ) communities. Through its Lavender Fund, the LBTQ Giving Council is the only grantmaking entity in the city of Chicago that provides grants exclusively to the LBTQ communities, with a special focus on women and girls’ access to healthcare and information, freedom from violence, and economic security. The LBTQ Giving Council, which is inclusive of individuals who identify as LBTQ and allies, provides leadership development, educational programming, and networking opportunities.

Women of Color Giving Council
Co-Chairs: Joyce Donaly
The Women of Color Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women is a fundraising and grantmaking group committed to providing grants to organizations and programs that serve women and girls of color.  This council, which is open to all women of color representing the many diverse communities in our area and other individuals concerned with issues affecting women and girls of color, provides philanthropic leadership development, educational programming, and networking opportunities.

Young Women's Giving Council
Co-Chairs: Dove Haase, Sarah Hurwit and Dawn Reese 
The Young Women's Giving Council of the Chicago Foundation for Women is a fundraising and grantmaking group committed to providing grants to organizations and programs that are concerned with issues affecting young women and girls.  The Council is dedicated to building young women as philanthropists and leaders by offering opportunities to research and grant funds to organizations working for the betterment of young women and girls.  The Young Women’s Giving Council, which is inclusive of young women and other individuals who are committed to these efforts, provides leadership development, educational programming, and networking opportunities.


To join or find out more about Chicago Foundation for Women's Giving Councils and their various activities, fill out our email contact form and select the council(s) you're interested in, or contact CFW at (312) 577-2801 or outreach@cfw.org.
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