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Tuesday Blast: Adela Cepeda: CFW Champion (VIDEOS)
Delivered: July 8, 2014


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July 2014 Edition

Adela Cepeda, Founder and President of A.C. Advisory, Inc.

Adela Cepeda,
Founder and President of A.C. Advisory, Inc.
29th Annual Luncheon Co-Chair


 This year's Annual Luncheon has two phenomenal co-chairs. In addition to Adela Cepeda, CFW is proud to welcome Anne Pramaggiore as one of our co-chairs this year.  

Anne is the president and CEO of ComEd, an electric utility company delivering electricity to 3.8 million customers in Chicago and Northern Illinois.

Read Anne's full bio HERE.

Each year, CFW's Annual Luncheon is Chicago's signature women's event, bringing together 2,000 women and men who share the excitement of giving to help women and girls thrive in our community. This event simply would not be possible if not for our Host Committee, a dedicated group of over 60 leaders who raise support and drive attendance.

This month, we wanted to introduce you to one of CFW's longtime Annual Luncheon supporters who is serving as one of the co-chairs of this year's event. In fact, this is her third time serving as a co-chair - she must really love us!

Adela Cepeda is the founder and president of A.C. Advisory, Inc. Adela has been called "one of the city's most prominent Latina businesswomen" for her successful financial acumen. For over 15 years, Adela has worked on  structuring and executing transactions in the capital markets for corporations and municipalities. 

We recently sat down with Adela to discuss the 29th Annual Luncheon theme, "A Fair Shot" and learn what drives her to dedicate so much of her time and talent to supporting Chicago's women and girls. Watch the series of videos below, and, be sure to reserve your Luncheon table. Last year's event sold out and tables for this year are already going fast.  You can reserve your table HERE 






Billie Jean King Trading Card Credit:
Designer: Karen Brazell 

Billie Jean King Documentary Screening and Panel Event - August 14 
Please join Chicago Foundation for Women at The Chicago Public Library for a public screening of the American Masters documentary on Billie Jean King and a panel discussion on Thursday, August 14 from 6 pm  8 pm. This event will help us celebrate "A Fair Shot" for all women and girls with Billie Jean King at CFW's 29th Annual Luncheon on September 18!

The program will feature a 45 minute excerpt from American Masters followed by a lively panel discussion.  Panelists include moderator K. Sujata, President and CEO of Chicago Foundation for Women; Maria Finitzo,  two-time Peabody award winning social-issue documentary filmmaker; Margaret Holt, standards editor of the Chicago Tribune; Melissa Josephs, Director of Equal Opportunity Policy, Women Employed and Erika Swilley, Director of Community Relations & Operations for the Chicago Sky and President of Sky Cares. This event is free and open to the public. View additional details and register online HERE.

27th Annual Luncheon

Annual Luncheon Program Book
CFW staff is gathering ads for the Annual Luncheon program book. CFW's Annual Luncheon is attended by nearly 2,000 men and women every year and each attendee receives a copy. If you would like to promote a business or organization in the 29th Annual Luncheon program book, please submit your "print ready" ad by mail, e-mail fax by completing this
 formYou can send your ad to Liz Rivera at Submissions are due by Friday, August 1, 2014.
CFW in the community

Chicago Foundation for Women Awards Over $500,000 To 53 Chicagoland Programs 
Chicago Foundation for Women is awarding $561,750 in grants to 53 Chicagoland programs. CFW’s spring grant cycle is focused on freedom from violence initiatives and enhancing women's and girls' access to high-quality health services and information. CFW awarded 15 grants in freedom from violence and eight grants in health. For the complete list of grants awarded for the spring 2014 cycle, please visit:

CFW receives the Champion of Diversity Award from Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy
Monique Brunson, Chicago Foundation for Women; Jane Kimondo, Crossroads Fund; and Becky Belcore, Woods Fund Chicago received the Champion of Diversity award from Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) for their work with Cultivate: Women in Leadership program (formerly called the Women of Color Collaborative). This award spotlights members of the philanthropic sector who exhibit a model of leadership and action.

A joint project of Chicago Foundation for Women, the Crossroads Fund, the Woods Fund Chicago, and the Chicago Community Trust, Cultivate seeks to grow a cadre of energized, well-connected women of color leaders across social and economic justice movements, whose collective voice and power can be leveraged in brightening the Chicago region’s future. 

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Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) to join forces for greater impact
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) have completed the acquisition of CLAIM as a program of CGLA, effective July 1, 2014. This transaction will preserve CLAIM’s programming, and name, strengthen CGLA’s increasingly comprehensive services and advocacy for people affected by the justice system, and benefit at-risk constituencies across the state. 

CFW was one of the early funders of this collaboration through the Enterprise Fund at Chicago Foundation for Women.  The Enterprise Fund is specifically designed to meet the next wave of economic, social and educational challenges facing women and girls by recognizing that not all programs and ideas need to be housed in separate, unique organizations.  As the Enterprise Fund was launched, it was initial conversations with CFW that led CLAIM to seek a merger partner and explore their options.  Once the board decided that this was an appropriate course, CLAIM sought other funders to join CFW.

"Chicago Foundation for Women is proud of Cabrini Green Legal Aid and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers' thoughtful and strategic decision. We are looking forward toward investing in additional, similar collaborations to ensure that more resources are directed to the women and girls who need them most," said K. Sujata, president and CEO of CFW.

Read the official press release about the CGLA and CLAIM acquisition.

Grantees in the news

On Chicago's West Side, mothers and children fight addiction side by side
CFW grantee, the Women’s Treatment Center was featured on WBEZ. The West Side drug rehabilitation facility specializes in assisting pregnant and postpartum women dealing with addiction. The Women’s Treatment Center is one of nine places in Illinois that allow mothers undergoing treatment to live with their children. CFW funds the Women's Treatment Center through the Women of Color Giving Council. Listen to the podcast HERE.

Innocents at the Border: Immigrant Children Need Safety, Shelter and Lawyers
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), a CFW grantee, was cited in a lead editorial in The New York Times. The article cites NIJC's administrative complaint detailing disturbing abuses of unaccompanied immigrant children in U.S. custody. Importantly, the editorial calls for legal counsel, humane treatment and more resources for these children who are seeking safety in the United States. It calls on the U.S. government to work with Central American countries to help them tackle the systemic violence which causes these children to flee their homes. NIJC is one of a handful of organizations that has documented this emerging humanitarian and refugee crisis. NIJC continues to push the government to protect children by providing legal services and treating them humanely. Read the article HERE.

Pictured (from left)
Jo Willis, LBTQ Council supporter,
Linda Wagner, CFW staff and LBTQ Council supporter,
Laura Stempel, LBTQ Council co-chair.  

Photo taken by Evette Cardona, LBTQ Council member

2014 the Chicago Dyke March 
Saturday, June 28 in Humbolt Park, several members of the LBTQ Giving Council and one CFW staff member marched in the Chicago Dyke March. The Chicago Dyke March is a grassroots mobilization and celebration of dyke, queer, bisexual, and transgender resilience. It is an anti-racist, anti-violent, volunteer-led, grassroots effort with a goal to bridge together communities across race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, size, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality, culture, immigrant status, spirituality, and ability. In 1996, the Lesbian Avengers and the Women's Action Coalition (WAC) brought the first Dyke March in Chicago, which was held in Lakeview, without any corporate sponsorship, as a means to protest against the “corporate, white male dominated Chicago Pride Parade, and to build dyke visibility”.  




Upcoming events

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

JULY 2014
12: Pay What You Can Yard Sale Benefiting the LBTQ Giving Council
17: Grantee Core Concepts: Fundraising: Best Practices in Development

Billie Jean King Documentary Screening and Panel Event

1829th Annual Luncheon featuring Billie Jean King

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