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.


October kicks off a new series of editorials from Chicago Foundation for Women: FEARLESS. From October to December, we will highlight our local, innovative solutions to end violence against women and girls.

Read the latest: Men: Ending Violence is Up to You, Too.

annual luncheon makes history!

Our 29th Annual Luncheon was a huge success and historic. We met ALL of our matches - including our $100,000 day of match - to make this is the highest grossing Annual Luncheon is CFW's history

Thank you for supporting women and girls!


Billie Jean King being interviewed
by WBEZ's Cheryl Raye-Stout


fair representation 

At our 29th Annual Luncheon, we featured Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (ICNC).

Watch the video and learn more about their Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program.

adela cepeda: cfw champion 

Meet one of CFW's longtime Annual Luncheon supporters who is serving as one of the co-chairs of this year's event. Adela Cepeda has been called "one of the city's most prominent Latina businesswomen" for her successful financial acumen.

Watch the series of videos below to learn more about this phenomenal woman!

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President's Corner


We hosted a round table with the Chicago Mayor's Office about increasing the minimum wage. Many of our Eleanor Network at CFW grantees were present to give Mayor Emanuel their input about raising the minimum wage in Chicago and why it is important to women.

Read K. Sujata's, our President/CEO, newest Huffington Post article, Increased Minimum Wage Leads to Stability

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2013 Annual Report

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Upcoming Events

Nov 6: Bottle and Bottega with the Women of Color Giving Council

Nov 14: 4th Annual thanksGIVING Celebration with the YWGC

Dec 11: 6th Annual North Shore Holiday Party

March 12, 2015: 2015 Impact Awards

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