Chicago Foundation for Women to Award #GivingTuesday Grant up to $20,000
November 27 2017
Kyle Ann Sebastian
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Chicago Foundation for Women to Award #GivingTuesday Grant up to $20,000
Grant will support local services for immigrant and refugee women and girls

(November 27, 2017) – Tomorrow, November 28, Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) will award a grant of at least $10,000, and up to $20,000, to an organization supporting immigrant and refugee women and girls in the Chicago region. The grant will be awarded to a local organization chosen by the CFW community in honor of #GivingTuesday. #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.

“This year, we have seen escalating attacks on the safety and well-being of immigrant and refugee women and girls,” CFW President/CEO K. Sujata said. “Immigrant women are not reporting domestic violence due to fears of deportation. A growing number of hate crimes have targeted immigrant and refugee communities. This #GivingTuesday, we are asking our community to stand with us in making an investment in the safety and well-being of immigrant and refugee women and girls.”

Community members have the opportunity to vote for one of three organizations to receive a special, one-time #GivingTuesday grant of at least $10,000, with a potential to receive up to $20,000. The two runner-up organizations will receive grants of $2,500 and $1,000. #GivingTuesday grants will be funded by community donations, as well as a generous match from CFW Alumnae Council member Maria C. Bechily and her husband, Scott Hodes, who will match donations up to $20,000.

“In 1961 I came to Chicago as a twelve-year-old political refugee from Cuba,” Maria C. Bechily said. “Supporting refugee and immigrant women and girls is deeply personal to me. That’s why this #GivingTuesday my husband and I have pledged to match gifts to Chicago Foundation for Women.”

“Thanks to the generous support of Maria Bechily and Scott Hodes, we hope to be able to reach our goal of $40,000 and increase the amount of our final #GivingTuesday grants, with the help of our community,” added Sujata.

The three finalist organizations are Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Syrian Community Network, and Western Suburban Action Project (PASO).

Chinese Mutual Aid Association would use a $10,000 grant to support a full year of mentorship programming for 20 young women from immigrant communities through the Young Women Warriors Project.

Syrian Community Network would use the grant funds to support resettlement and domestic violence services for 180 Syrian refugee families.

Western Suburban Action Project would use the #GivingTuesday grant to invest in immigrant women’s leadership and advocacy.

Individuals can vote until 11:59 p.m. on November 28 at


About Chicago Foundation for Women

Chicago Foundation for Women invests in women and girls as catalysts, building strong communities for all. CFW funds organizations working to solve the biggest problems facing women and girls: economic insecurity, violence, and access to health care and information. In addition to grantmaking, CFW invests in developing women leaders and advocates, and brings together diverse coalitions to collaborate, share resources and develop solutions. To learn more, visit

About #GivingTuesday 

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners 
to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.