Chicago Foundation for Women raises money to fund and support organizations that help women and girls—it's all about making smarter connections between need, money and solutions.

We improve the lives of women and girls through grants, advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education.

Learning to Lead

Board Boot Camp

Board Boot Camp

According to Charlotte Beers, the author of, I’d Rather Be in Charge, “any woman can learn to lead, it’s just a matter of preparing them.” CFW’s Board Boot Camp does just that.

Read "Learning to Lead."

29th Annual Luncheon Speaker
Billie Jean King

We are delighted to welcome Billie Jean King as our keynote speaker for the 29th Annual Luncheon on September 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago!

Billie Jean King created new inroads for men and women in sports and beyond during her legendary tennis career and she continues to make her mark today.

To learn more about Billie Jean King and Chicago Foundation for Women's 29th Annual Luncheon, please visit 



This year's awards will celebrate five Chicago-area women and men for their dedication to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the Chicago area. Meet our 2014 honorees. Watch the event video and meet this year's phenomenal honorees!

Allstate and The Allstate Foundation
Allstate and The Allstate Foundation are receiving the Corporate Leadership Award for their longstanding philanthropic support to fight domestic violence and protect domestic violence survivors. 

For full bios of the honorees, visit our event page

 CFW 2012-2013 Annual report 

Our 2012 – 2013 Annual Report is now available online

Take a moment to read the personal stories that showcase Chicago Foundation for Women’s true reach. You will see first-hand that - through CFW’s leadership development, coalition building, education and grants - our impact on the women and girls of Chicago is far reaching.  

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President's Corner

How do we help female veterans land jobs and start their own businesses?

This month, we highlight CFW grantee the Women Vetrepreneurship Program (WVP) and the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC).  

Read "Service. Sacrifice. Success," CFW's President/CEO, K.Sujata latest Huffington Post article.

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Chicago Foundation for Women
2013 Annual Report

 For past CFW Annual Reports, click here.


Upcoming Events

April 17: Core Concepts: Fiscal Management

April 30: 4th Annual Spring Gathering in Oak Park

May 3, 7, 10: Board Boot Camp

May 8: Speed Mentoring with the YWGC

September 18: 29th Annual Luncheon featuring Billie Jean King

Calendar of Events