Chicago Foundation for Women Announces Latest Grants
January 06 2016

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Funding underscores focus on importance of economic security

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW), the leading grantmaking organization supporting opportunities for women and girls, has announced its latest round of grants to Chicago nonprofits, with a strong emphasis on strengthening economic security. The grants, $1 million to nearly 50 organizations over the Fall quarter funding cycle, are closely aligned to the goals of CFW-led The 100% Project, the newly-launched citywide initiative to end gender bias by 2030.

The grants will provide additional resources to organizations providing mentoring, training, and increased employment opportunities for low income women, and advocating for a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave and worker safety. The new grants come as CFW has joined a national coalition of women’s foundations pledging a total of $100 million over five years to fund economic security programs.

Organizations receiving grants from the Eleanor Network at CFW include:

GirlForward, mentoring refugee girls, and Upwardly Global, mentoring women refugees who are skilled workers, connecting them to the job market; Chicago House’s TransWorks program, which advances employment and work opportunities for transgender individuals, particularly transgender women of color, the only program like this in the Midwest; Access Living, hosting a peer networking support group for young, majority African American disabled women; Women Employed and Latino Union, delivering training programs that enhance skills for better jobs and benefits, and advocating for paid sick leave and the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights.

In addition to funding economic security, CFW’s Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice provided grants to women of color-led, grassroots advocacy organizations. A first-time grantee is the Chicago Freedom School, a youth-focused program that will develop a reproductive a justice curriculum and provide analysis of the outcomes.

To learn more about the Fall 2015 cycle of grantees, please click here.