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November 2010 Edition

Congratulations to Our Four Founders!

Mujeres Latinas en Acción is honoring our founders with the Maria Mangual Leadership Award. Marjorie Craig Benton, Lucia Woods Lindley, Iris J. Krieg and Sunny Fischer (L to R above) will be recognized at a ceremony on Nov. 17 at Loyola University Chicago's Water Tower Campus. Mangual, who passed away in 2007, was Mujeres Latinas' founder and CFW's past board chair and development staff. Click here for tickets and more info.

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Spring 2011
Grant Application Info

Spring 2011 grant applications are due on Friday, January 14. Visit our Apply for a Grant webpage for all the details.

Strip of filmLuncheon Video: Our Community's HERstory

What has Chicago Foundation for Women meant to women and girls over our 25-year history? At our 25th Anniversary Luncheon on Sept. 30, we invited our community to tell their stories of struggle and success. Now, whether you missed the luncheon or just want to revisit it, watch the luncheon videos on our website.

Q&A with new president K. Sujata 
K. Sujata headshotOn January 3, 2011, K. Sujata will become the president of Chicago Foundation for Women.

Q: What attracted you to this job?
I've been connected to Chicago Foundation for Women for a long time--first as a grantee when I was the executive director of Apna Ghar. I've also worked in tandem with CFW on women's economic security issues while at the Eleanor Foundation, and personally I've been a donor for years. For me, this is all the pieces falling into place.

Q: Why is it important to support women's funds?
The need, unfortunately, is all too easy to describe: 59 percent of adults in poverty are women. Nearly two-thirds of the Chicago region's poor families consist of single mothers and their children. And philanthropy isn't keeping up. When CFW was founded in 1985, only 3 percent of philanthropic dollars went to programs directly addressing women's issues, such as domestic violence, child care and reproductive health. That number has risen--but only to 7 percent. Yet I believe that women and girls make the best investment if we want to create safe, just and healthy communities. When you help a woman, you are often helping a family, whether she's a mother or a sister or a caretaker.

Q: Why is it important for women to give to women's funds?
It's a stamp of solidarity, of knowing we're helping our sisters. Plus we know we are very generous, and that's supported by a recent study. The Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University's new report shows that women are more generous with their money than men at nearly every income level, yet women rarely recognize themselves as philanthropists. Women have far more clout and financial resources than anyone realizes. We are the best champions for the issues that affect our communities and our families. 

For more about K. Sujata, read our press release.  

Facing breast cancer's race gap
Women marching to Save Women's Lives
A little-known fact about breast cancer made front-page news last month: In Chicago, African American women are 62 percent more likely to die from the disease than white women are.

Ralliers march into the Thompson Center holding signsA report by the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force made the cover of the Chicago Sun-Times and ran in the Chicago Tribune. On Oct. 21, more than 400 people from neighborhoods across Chicago attended the Task Force's rally, A Call to Action to Save Women's Lives, cosponsored by our Chauncey and Marion D. McCormick Family Foundation Health Series.

Speakers included breast cancer survivor Tonya Hackney, whose life was saved by the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program (IBCCP) that provides free cancer screenings and treatment to uninsured women. But limited funding means that only a fraction of eligible women--one in eight--receive free screenings.

Pictured above and at right: The audience, decked out in pink shirts and carrying signs, march to the Thompson Center to advocate for additional funding for IBCCP.

Upcoming autumn events
Jazz it up at M Lounge. The Latina Leadership Council invites members, prospective members and friends to a casual after-work mixer event tomorrow, Nov. 10. From 5:30 to 7 p.m. enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials and stay forYvonne Domenge "Reinventing the Familiar" flyer, cropped live jazz beginning at 7:00. Attendance is free but RSVPs are required to Kristi Lynch at

Hear the story behind a woman's art. Yvonne Domenge, a renowned sculptor from Mexico, will give a free public lecture at the National Museum of Mexican Art on Thursday, Nov. 18. This coincides with an exhibition of her work at the Chicago Cultural Center, followed in the spring by a display of six of her sculptures at Millennium Park's Boeing Galleries. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 12 to Linda X. Tortolero at (312) 738-1503 x3947 or  

Grantees in the news 
On Oct. 13, our Lesbian Leadership Council co-sponsored an event by a Lavender Fund grantee, the Women's Health Foundation, called "Sex, Chocolate and Your Pelvic Floor." The event covered pelvic health from anatomy to sexual well-being. See and hear more in a video report by the Medill News Service.
Windy City Times cover from Oct. 27, 2010 featuring Affinity
Affinity Community Services, also a Lavender Fund grantee, was featured on the front page of the Windy City Times (shown at right). Affinity marks its 15th anniversary this year.

Nadiah Mohajir, co-founder of new grantee the HEART Women and Girls Project, discusses reproductive justice issues faced by Muslim young women--especially teen pregnancy. Read her article on AltMuslimah, a website addressing gender and Islam.

Karen Thomson, founder and executive director of grantee Literature for All of Us, received the Harlequin More Than Words Award for leading book groups for young women, many of whom are pregnant or parenting.

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

NOV. 10 (Wed.): Networking at M Lounge with the Latina Leadership Council, 5:30-7 p.m.
NOV. 18 (Thurs.): Yvonne Domenge: Reinventing the Familiar lecture, 4-5 p.m.
JAN. 14 (Fri.): Spring 2011 Grant Application Deadline, 5 p.m.