Chicago Foundation for Women Awards $30,000 in #GivingTuesday Grants
November 30 2017

GivingTuesday announcement

CFW doubles #GivingTuesday grants to support immigrant, refugee women and girls

Yesterday, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) announced $30,000 in #GivingTuesday grants to support services for immigrant and refugee women and girls in the Chicago region. An outpouring of support allows CFW to double its #GivingTuesday grants this year.

Based on a community vote leading up to and on #GivingTuesday, CFW will award $20,000 to Chinese Mutual Aid Association to support the Young Women Warriors Project, a free, year-round mentorship program that connects young women from immigrant families with mentors and workshops on issues including applying for college, financial literacy, social services and health.

“We are so grateful to our community for coming together to make this powerful statement of solidarity with immigrant and refugee women and girls,” CFW President/CEO K. Sujata said. “Thanks to generous Giving Tuesday donors, Chinese Mutual Aid Association will be able to increase its investment in young women, who will go on to be the next generation of leaders in our region.”

“We are beyond excited to hear that CMAA and specifically our Young Women Warriors program was selected to receive Chicago Foundation for Women’s #GivingTuesday grant,” Dennis Mondero, Executive Director of Chinese Mutual Aid Association, said.  “This generous grant of $20,000 will go a long way in ensuring that our young immigrant women of color get the necessary academic, personal and professional mentorship that they so much deserve. We cannot thank CFW enough for their support of Chinese Mutual Aid Association.”

CFW will also make two grants of $5,000 each to Syrian Community Network and Western Suburban Action Project (PASO). Syrian Community Network will use grant funds to support resettlement and domestic violence services for Syrian refugee families. PASO will use the #GivingTuesday grant to invest in immigrant women’s leadership and advocacy.

All #GivingTuesday donations will support grantmaking to immigrant and refugee women and girls this year.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving in which individuals, organizations, businesses and communities take collective action to give back and support causes they believe in. Leading up to and on #GivingTuesday, the public had the opportunity to vote for  one of three organizations to receive a special, one-time #GivingTuesday grant. All #GivingTuesday donations were generously matched by former CFW Board Member Maria C. Bechily and her husband, Scott Hodes.