GoWomen: Celebrate the Wins
August 07 2020


Celebrate the Wins

I trust that you, your loved ones and your colleagues are staying safe and doing well. I hope you’re also finding moments of joy and staying connected to the things that matter to you. During these challenging times, I have found that centering on the things I can control, surrounding myself with my family and loved ones, grounds me and helps me focus on the work ahead. I also find that celebrating our accomplishments, however small, is critical in staying motivated.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic caused CFW to postpone many of our planned in-person events. However, we continued to plan and pivot. Thursday, July 23, we hosted our 2020 Impact Awards virtually. It was a true honor to celebrate our 2020 Impact Award honorees, along with Brooke Skinner Ricketts, my dear friend and 2020 Impact Awards Selection Committee Chair. Brooke is a trailblazer in her own right. In 2013, she co-founded She100, whose work, presence, and advocacy seeks to strengthen and support the greater LBGTQ community in Chicago.

This year’s honorees are:

» Wendy Pollack, Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Law and Policy Initiative at the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, received the 2020 Founders Award

» Christina Frasik, co-founder of the Student Coalition of Reproductive Justice, received the 2020 Pioneer Award

» Neha Gill, Executive Director of Apna Ghar, received the 2020 Impact Award

» Impani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, formerly of Affinity Community Services, received the 2020 Impact Award

» Colette Payne, Policy Associate at Cabrini Green Legal Aid, received a 2020 Impact Award

» Christian Snow, Attorney and Executive Director of Assata’s Daughters, received the Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow Emerging Leaders Award on behalf of the organization

It was an incredibly inspiring afternoon as we listened to each of the honorees share brief remarks about their work and share how the COVID-19 pandemic and activism against racism and police brutality is impacting them personally and professionally. As part of the event, we also hosted virtual networking sessions with each honoree. In the networking session, attendees connected to ask follow up questions, learn more about their journey and their organizations, and congratulate them for their contributions towards a more equitable society. In one of the sessions, CFW Willie’s Warriors Advisory Board member, Pat Carey, shared a special moment with Christian Snow, recipient of the Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow Emerging Leaders Award.  In case you missed it, you can access the event recording here.

CFW continues its commitment to ensuring our Board of Directors membership reflects the full diversity of the communities we serve. This month, CFW is also celebrating the confirmation of five new board members including:

» Jessyca Dudley, Director of Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy and Associate Director at Arabella Advisors

» Toi Hutchinson, former Illinois Senator and current Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control

» Kelly Norton, VP of Development at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

» LaSaia Wade, Director of Brave Space Alliance

» Erica Duncan, Senior VP, Regional Banking Director of Private Banking for PNC Bank’s West Region

First Lady of Chicago, Amy Eshleman; Jessyca Dudley; Toi Hutchinson; Kelly Norton; LaSaia Wade; and Erica Duncan.

In addition, we are also very delighted to announce that Amy Eshleman, First Lady for the City of Chicago, has joined our organization as an Honorary Board Member. Through her work in education and with youth across Chicago, Amy understands the importance of inclusivity and intersectionality. I’m excited to work with Amy and this group of diverse and dedicated leaders to help advance CFW’s work in our communities. Read more about our new board members here.

As if this month couldn’t get any more festive, we celebrate August as Black Philanthropy Month (BPM)! Since it was established in 2011, BPM has reached roughly 17 million people and illuminates the ingenuity and transformative impact of generosity in Black communities. The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations, and our lives. Personally, I am energized by the growing number of Black philanthropic, nonprofit, and community leaders speaking truth to power about the importance of investing, uplifting, and centering Black communities. As CFW recently shared through our Why People Give Report, donors of color are looking for ways to engage and deepen connections to the organizations and the causes they care about. Now more than ever, Black communities need to be heard, supported, celebrated, and uplifted.

I encourage you to continue to celebrate your achievements, small and large, and experience moments of joy in your daily lives. Indeed, those moments act as the motivators we sometimes need to overcome the obstacles we encounter on our journey.

Let’s get to work,

Felicia Davis
President and CEO
Chicago Foundation for Women

Community Resources

Support Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
– Search by various criteria the City of Chicago minority and women-owned businesses here.
– Bossy Chicago has curated a list of women-owned businesses in various sectors across Chicago, which you can find 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.


Join Our Team!

Are you passionate about gender equity? Interested in a career in development? CFW is looking to grow our team by hiring an Individual Giving and Campaign Manager. The deadline to apply is August 19. Find more details here.

Grant Cycle Application Now Open

CFW is accepting proposals for its Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund initial grant cycle. The grants will provide funding to eligible community-based organizations serving communities disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit our How to Apply page.

Data Security Incident

One of our third-party service providers, Blackbaud, recently notified us of a data security incident that occurred in May of 2020. We understand that Blackbaud discovered and stopped the cyberattack on its systems. Since this data breach did not involve private information, Blackbaud has not made a public announcement. However, Chicago Foundation for Women takes privacy protection and proper use of sensitive personal information very seriously. Out of an abundance of caution, we are sharing this information with you. CFW continues to do what it must to comply with statutory requirements concerning data security and privacy. We have reached out to Blackbaud to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to comply with applicable laws concerning data breaches. Blackbaud has assured us that they have already taken the necessary steps to ensure this does not happen again. Find more information here.

2020 VIRTUAL Impact Awards

Thank you to all who joined us for our Virtual 2020 Impact Awards! It was truly an honor to celebrate this year’s incredible honorees. If you missed it, you can find the event recording and additional event materials here.

Windy City Times also published an article about the event, which you can read here.

Equality Can’t Wait Challenge

We’re excited to share that Felicia Davis, our President and CEO, will be participating as an expert reviewer for the first competition centered on gender equality, Equality Can’t Wait, putting significant resources behind ideas related to women’s empowerment that are often overlooked and underfunded. Learn more here.


Take Action. Leverage Your Giving. Join A Giving Council.

The LBTQ Giving Council and the Young Women’s Giving Council are hosting virtual open houses in the fall for prospective members.

LBTQ Giving Council – the afternoon of September 22, and the evening of September 24
YWGC Giving Council – the evening of September 22, and the afternoon of September 25
Look out for more details soon.

Jane Addams Senior Caucus Celebrates the Passage of the Senior Safety Ordinance

The Senior Safety Ordinance is a citywide ordinance that requires all senior buildings to take critical precautions for protecting the lives of senior residents. Under the ordinance, seniors will be protected by frequent and diligent cleanings of common areas, wellness checks for all residents, and owners will be required to purchase PPE for their staff. Read more about the ordinance here.

The Gender Gap in Life Insurance

Stay-at-home parents provide housework and childcare that equates to roughly $180,000 in services every year, with the majority of them being women. Despite this number, women value their lives less financially, on average, than men do.

Bankrate’s financial experts have created a guide that highlights why women should have life insurance, determine how much life insurance they should have, and describe what steps to take to help minimize the life insurance gender gap. Learn more here.

We Demand More

The Senate Republican leadership finally introduced a new COVID-19 “relief” bill (more than 70 days after the House passed their bill), and it is shamefully inadequate. And they haven’t even brought that bill to a vote.

Women, especially Black and brown women, have lost jobs at a steeper rate than men during the pandemic. They are disproportionately shouldering the burden of unpaid care and household labor. They’re on the front lines and especially vulnerable to the devastating health and economic impacts of this pandemic.

Join us in showing the very real impact of the Senate’s inaction. Tweet your receipts, tagging Senate Majority Leader to ensure your voice is heard. Learn more here.

Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund

With your support, CFW will address the long-term impact of COVID-19 through the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund for Chicago’s Women and Girls. The Response, Recovery, and Resilience 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. Learn more about the Response, Recovery, and Resilience Fund here.