GoWomen: Black Lives Matter
June 05 2020


Black Lives Matter

Earlier this week, Felicia Davis, our President and CEO, shared a video message on racism. In case you missed it, below is the link to the video and the written statement.

A written version of Felicia’s statement is also available here.


Support for our Grantee Partners

Our grantee partners shared below have mobilized to support our communities as they make their voices heard against racism and oppression across the Chicago region. Please click on the following links to find out more and learn of ways to support their efforts.

Affinity Community Services
Assata’s Daughters
Brave Space Alliance
Chicago Community Bond Fund
Chicago Freedom School
Girls Like Me Project
Gyrls in the H.O.O.D. Foundation


Community Resources

Food Insecurity Resources List
With Chicago Public Schools reducing food distributions across the city, the Chicago Sun-Times published a food insecurity resource list, which you can find here.

Support Rebuild Efforts for Local Businesses
WGN News has compiled a list of funds and individual businesses to support rebuilding efforts, which you can find here.

Support Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
Search by various criteria the City of Chicago minority and women-owned businesses here.

Mental Health Resources
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has compiled a list of mental health resources you can find here.


Anti-Racism Resources

For White Allies
Compiled resources for our white community allies or those seeking to become allies can be found here.

For Latinx Allies
Compiled resources in Spanish for our Latinx community allies or those seeking to become allies with Spanish as their preferred language can be found here.

Recursos recopilados para aliados de nuestra comunidad Latinx o aquellos que buscan convertirse en aliados y su idioma de preferencia es el español se pueden encontrar aquí.

For Talking About Race with Children
Compiled resources for ways to speak to children about racism can be found here.

COVID-19 Resources

We have compiled and categorized a list of resources for nonprofits, families, and individuals, related to the current pandemic. If there is a resource you have found that is NOT on this list, please share it with us via email at ccordovaherrera@cfw.org, and we’ll make sure to add it. Find the list HERE.



MacArthur Foundation Provides Increased Support for Community Organizations Responding to COVID-19

We are proud to receive $40,000 to convene a series of virtual workshops and to offer technical assistance to nonprofits seeking federal, state, and local COVID-19 response funding from MacArthur. You can read the recent announcement with all of the grantees here.

Fireside Chat with CFW

Thank you to those that joined our Virtual Fireside Chat on Tuesday, May 26.
Special thanks to Sunny Fischer, K. Sujata, and Felicia Davis, for sharing their insights about CFW’s work and future with us.

If you missed it or would like to relive it, you can find the recorded livestream here.

Chicago Innovation Winners Ring Nasdaq Closing Bell Virtually

CFW is proud to participate in ringing the Nasdaq closing bell on Monday, June 1, along with the 2019 Chicago Innovation Winners – VIRTUALLY! You can view the livestream video here.

PRSA Chicago Chapter: Unlocking Your Brand Purpose to Drive Business Impact

Emily Dreke, VP of Development and Communications at CFW, will join a panel of industry professionals to discuss the role of purpose-driven public relations and corporate purpose on Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Register here.



How to Fight an Anti-Feminist Virus

An article was published in the Georgetown Public Policy Review by community members Umi Grigsby and Courtney Hrejsa regarding the impact of COVID-19 on women of color.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, women of color are more likely to work essential jobs without the use of PPE, raise children who are unable to participate in remote learning, or be incarcerated in jails that are increasingly overrun by the virus. However, businesses owned by women of color are less likely to receive government support in order to address the pandemic. Read the article here.

Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund

With your support, Chicago Foundation for Women will address the long-term impact of COVID-19 through the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund for Chicago’s Women and Girls. The Fund will invest in women and their families as they emerge from the immediate aftermath of COVID-19, and serve as a key resource for the Chicago nonprofit sector serving women and girls as they too take stock, recalibrate, and rebuild. With CFW’s close partnership, these organizations will rebuild upon an even-stronger foundation, one that centers gender equity and racial justice in everything they do. Find out how to join us HERE.