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Donate Now: Click here to give onlineJanuary 2010 Edition

2009 Catalyst Fund grants

Cook County Board President Candidate Forum on Violence Against Women

The Cook County Board President oversees the country's largest public health care system, the Sheriff's Office and the county jail and detention centers. These systems intersect daily with survivors and perpetrators of violence against women and girls. We are cosponsoring a forum on Thursday, Jan. 21 that will feature all of the County Board President candidates, and they will take questions from the audience. The program begins at 6 p.m. at Loyola University of Chicago's Water Tower campus. The next County Board President will be there, so you should be, too. Read more on our website.


The letter of inquiry deadline for spring 2010 is this Friday, Jan. 15 by 5 p.m.! Details and forms are on our website.

Chicago Foundation for Women is proud to announce seven grants totaling $175,000. The grantee organizations, led by women of color, promote reproductive justice in our community. This is our second year offering Catalyst Fund awards, which are made possible through a challenge grant from The Tides Foundation. Many thanks to everyone who helped us meet our Chicago Abortion Fund supporters holding reproductive justice signs at a rally$100,000 match last year. The Tides Foundation has once again challenged us with a matching grant for 2010, and with your help we will continue to fund this important work.

The seven 2009 grantees are Black Women for Reproductive Justice, Chicago Abortion Fund, Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Illinois Maternal & Child Health Coalition, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, and Young Women's Empowerment Project.

Dashaya Craig from Chicago Abortion Fund said, "This grant is so important because it gives women that are not normally recognized as advocates the opportunity to stand up and advocate for themselves." Craig runs CAF's My Voice, My Choice leadership group made up of women who have had an abortion and work to educate their communities about reproductive justice.

Read about each grantee's work in our full announcement online.

Carleen SchrederCarleen Schreder (pictured at left), co-chair of our Alumnae Council and a Catalyst Fund donor, said, "I know when it comes to reproductive health and the right to control your own body, women of color fare worse than white women. Plus, their voices are not included nearly enough when it's time for policymakers and leaders to make decisions on hot-button issues like health care reform and criminal justice. I'm proud to support local leaders who are working to change that." Support the Catalyst Fund in 2010 by donating online.

Breaking Barriers Awards
Julie Nakgawa, 2009 Breaking Barriers honoree, accepts the award with her daughterCall for Nominations: Asian American
women who promote sustainability

This Earth Day, April 22, we will honor Asian American women who are outstanding achievers in the growing field of environmental sustainability with this year's Breaking Barriers Awards. These annual awards honor Asian and Asian American women leaders in the metropolitan Chicago area who have made an exceptional and lasting impact in their fields. Do you know an Asian American woman who promotes environmental sustainability through architecture and design, community organizing, social enterprise, science, policy advocacy or another field? Nominate them by Friday, Feb. 19. The awards will be presented by the Asian American Leadership Council, with all event proceeds to benefit the council’s Silk Fund. Read more on our website and download the nomination form (PDF). (At left: Julie Nakagawa accepts her Breaking Barriers award in with her daughter in 2009.)

Women's policy platform
U.S. Capitol Building"An Agenda for Change: An Illinois Perspective on Creating a Better Future for America's Women and Girls" (PDF), issued by the Women's Law and Policy Project of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, offers specific federal policy recommendations to improve the well-being of women and girls. The report was informed by 17 grantee organizations, including the Shriver Center, that work in the fields of anti-violence, health and economic security.

New Year, New Network
On Thursday, Jan. 28, Chicago Foundation for Women's Young Women's Leadership Council and Alumnae Council host an evening of speed networking and an open networking session tailored for women. Register online now. Donations of $5 or $10 are suggested.

Grantees in the news

Foundation updates and news
Impact Awards nominations are in—and amazing
Last week, nominations closed for the 2010 Impact Awards, which will honor 25 women and men who make Chicago a better place for women and girls. We were amazed and moved by the outpouring of 236 heartfelt nominations—of sisters, daughters, teachers, students, neighbors, faith leaders, colleagues, friends, mentors, mentees and other community leaders. Our distinguished panel of judges will review the nominations and announce the honorees in early February. Stay tuned for the date of the awards ceremony and more details.

Action: Illinois lobby day for reproductive health on Feb. 10
MegaphoneThe Illinois Campaign for Reproductive Health, of which Chicago Foundation for Women is a member, is hosting a lobby day in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb. 10 to urge our elected officials to "Stand Up for Reproductive Health Care." Women in Illinois deserve as many responsible options as possible when it comes to making important personal decisions about their reproductive health care, and – now more than ever – we need to make our voices heard! RSVP online.

Our Events
Visit our website calendar to see all our upcoming programs and events.

JAN. 15 (Fri.): Letters of intent due for spring grants, 5 p.m.
JAN. 21 (Thurs.): Cook County Board President Candidate Forum on Violence Against Women
     (cosponsorship), 6 p.m.
JAN. 28 (Thurs.): New Year, New Network (Young Women's Leadership and Alumnae
     councils), 6-8 p.m.
FEB. 23 (Tue.): The Landscape of Philanthropy (workshop for Foundation leadership council
     members only), 5:30-7:30 p.m.
FEB. 25 (Thurs.): Grantees: Curbside Consulting - Speed Dating with Evaluators, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
APRIL 22 (Thurs.): Breaking Barriers: Asian American Women Go Green! (Asian American
     Leadership Council fundraiser), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FEB. 4 (Thurs.): Lesbian Leadership Council fundraiser at Joie de Vine
APRIL 18 (Sun.): Hula Palooza, a Young Women's Leadership Council fundraiser at Mad River 

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