GoWomen: What fuels your resolve?
January 03 2018

Announcing a new fund at CFW

FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT

What Fuels Your Resolve?

Hope should shove you out the door, because it will take everything you have to steer the future.

It’s the time of year when many of us are making changes in our habits, in our relationships and in our communities.

Much has been written about breaking bad habits, and creating and keeping better ones. But what about changes that take more than a year? What fuels our resolutions and keeps us moving forward towards big goals like equity and justice?

When we asked Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter, what keeps her going, she offered surprising advice: dreaming. And not being afraid to dream big.

“Oftentimes we might rest in this place of, ‘Oh, that can’t happen because it’s not politically possible,'” Garza says. “I think what we’ve learned…is that we make things politically possible. So I spend a lot of time taking care of myself by dreaming about what we are going to make politically possible next.”

Again and again we see what is possible – what we make possible – when we come together and put our collective power to work.

Thanks to the hard work, resolution and collective action of our grantees, supporters and donors, here is some of what we made possible in 2017:

Thank you for dreaming big with us. I am looking forward to all that we will make possible in 2018.

With highest hopes,

K. Sujata
President/CEO
Chicago Foundation for Women

 

OUR NEWS

CFW Announces $1M in Recent Grants

Women’s economic security is about more than a job. It’s about making sure women and girls have the skills for good paying jobs in growing fields, have the tools to weather challenges and setbacks, and policies in place to support them and their families throughout their career. Today, CFW announced 44 fall cycle grants totaling $1,094,250 to support economic security and reproductive justice for Chicago-area women and girls.

These grants will help organize low-wage workers against gender-based violence; expand apprenticeship opportunities for young women; fund micro-loans for underserved communities; support STEM education and mentorship for middle school girls; provide housing support and job readiness training for young moms; and much more.

Economic security is tied to a woman’s ability to plan and raise her family in a safe and healthy community. The fall grant cycle includes eight grants through the Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice to support advocacy and organizing for reproductive justice by women of color-led organizations. You can find the full list of grants here.

 

Save the Date: Talk It Out 2018

Join CFW for Talk It Out, a weeklong, region-wide conversation series about gender bias. The third annual Talk It Out will take place the week of March 18 – 24, 2018. You can sign up for more information, including updates when host toolkits become available, at cfw.org/talkitout.

 

IN THE NEWS

Funders Working Together for Racial Equity

The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently highlighted CULTIVATE: Women of Color Leadership Initiative as a model for foundations committed to advancing racial equity. CULTIVATE is a joint effort between CFW, the Crossroads Fund, the Woods Fund of Chicago and the Chicago Community Trust to build and sustain a cadre of energized women leaders of color who are well connected across movements. Read the full article here.

 

Comcast Newsmakers: Ending Gender Bias in Our Lifetime

CFW President/CEO K. Sujata stopped by Comcast Newsmakers to discuss a startling statistic: according to the Giving In Illinois 2017 report, institutional funding for women and girls has dropped to under 4 percent, and many programs and services may not adequately meet the needs of women and girls. Sujata shares how CFW is working to increase funding for women and girls, and to end gender bias within a generation as part of The 100 Percent Project. 

 

GRANTEE NEWS

The Monster Myth

Former Sen. Al Franken

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.

What do we do when men we admire are accused of sexual harassment or abuse? In a thoughtful essay, Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Executive Director of CFW grantee Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, explores the “monster myth” and how allegations against progressive leaders like Al Franken complicate our understanding of men who hurt women.

 

What’s Up with Manhood?

What's Up with Manhood?

Photo courtesy of Terrence Antonio James/Chicago Tribune .

Can challenging gender stereotypes help end violence in Chicago? CFW granteeOptions for Youth is betting on it, with a new pilot program in Little Village called “What’s Up with Manhood?” The Chicago Tribune covered how the program is reimagining what it means to be a man, including compassion and responsibility rather than violence.

 

Where Harassment Hits Hardest

Workplace Harassment

According to data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published in Crain’s Chicago Business, the restaurant industry, retail and manufacturingaccount for the highest proportion of sexual harassment complaints. But, says Karla Altmayer, co-founder of Healing to Action, a CFW grantee organizing workers against gender-based violence in the workplace, low-wage women struggle to be believed. “Women in low-wage work are not (seen as) credible, mainly because (of people) thinking this is a money issue rather than a human dignity issue,” she says.

 

Deborah’s Place: Opening Doors

Deborah's Place on WGN

Michelle Patterson, Development Director for Deborah’s Place, and Gloria Wilson joined WGN to share the story of how the shelter helps unaccompanied women struggling with homelessness, like Gloria, achieve stability and security through supportive services.

 

OUR COMMUNITY

March to the Polls January 20

CFW is proud to be a champion of the Women’s March Chicago’s “March to the Polls” on January 20, 2018. March to the Polls is a day for women and allies to come together in downtown Chicago to celebrate the spirit of the resistance efforts over the past year and make their voices heard through civic engagement.You can find more information on the march here.

 

A Woman’s Place is in the Voting Booth

CFW joined Chicago Women Take Action and other local organizations to host the Women’s Gubernatorial Forum on December 9, where candidates for governor of Illinois shared their views on equal pay, reproductive rights, equitable education, access to healthcare and community violence. You can watch the recorded forum online thanks to CANTV.

 

Giving Circles of CFW Request for Proposals

The North Shore Giving Circle and Western Suburbs Giving Circle of CFW are both accepting proposals for the 2018 grantmaking cycle. Information regarding the Western Suburbs Giving Circle Request for Proposal will be available online January 6. The North Shore Giving Council Request for Proposals can be found here; proposals are due January 26. All proposals must meet CFW’s guiding principles.

Please contact Eli Marsh at emarsh@cfw.org with any questions.

 

2017 TRIBUTES

A tribute gift is a thoughtful way to honor family and friends, to memorialize a loved one or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other important occasion.

Thank you to everyone who made a tribute gift in 2017:

Karim H. Ahamed
In Honor of Marjorie Benton

Lauri Alpern
In Honor of Alysia Tate

Mario Ancona
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Kathleen Anguish
In Honor of Barbara Rose and her late brother, Dan Goldman.

Heather Anichini
In Honor of Janice E. Rodgers
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Erin Ankin
In Memory of Jarrett Presant

Anonymous
In Honor of Laura Stempel
“In honor of the birthday gal!”

Anonymous
In Honor of Lynn Kamenitsa

Anonymous
In Honor of A. J. Rahm

Latha Atur
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Cameron S. Avery
In Honor of Barbara Rose

Dolores Barnett
In Memory of Doris Conant

Ron and Queta Rodriguez Bauer
In Honor of K. Sujata

Eve R. Becker
In Honor of Hannah Adams

Donna Bennett
For the Birthday of Allison H. Lowe-Fotos
“Happy Birthday!! You do great work!”

Janice L. Benson
In Honor of Marjorie Halperin

Wendy Berk
In Honor of Michelle Obama

Elizabeth Berkeley
In Honor of Laura Campbell and Jean Michels

Erin Biebuyck
In Memory of Doris Conant

Saundra Bishop
In Honor of Judith A. Burton-Davis

Nancy Borzak
In Memory of Doris Conant

Jennifer Brandel
In Memory of Doris Conant

Belinda Bremner Dickens
In Honor of Jeannie S. Affelder
“Hearts & Stars”

Rachel Bronson
In Honor of Marjorie Benton

Robyn L. Brooks
In Honor of Georgina Heard-Labonne

Emily Browne
In Honor of Kristi Browne

Marcy Carlin
In Honor of Sheli Z. Rosenberg
“Happy Mothers’ Day Grandma Sheli! Love, Lindsay”

Prithiva Chanmugam
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Linda Cheney
In Memory of Doris Conant

Gwen G. Cohen
“In Memory of my mother Clementine Morris Gilbert”

Lawrence M. Cohen
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Judith S. Cottle
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Judith S. Cottle
In Memory of Barbara Rose

Michael H. Cramer
In Honor of Harlene Ellin

Jennifer Curley
In Honor of Aparna Sharma

Lilly A. Danielson
For the Birthday of Allison H. Lowe-Fotos
“Happy Birthday!! You do great work!”

Timothy Davus
In Celebration of Anna J. Ricci

Debora de Hoyos
In Celebration of Amanda Carlson

Lynn B. Donaldson
In Memory of Barbara Rose

Nancy Dorfman
In Honor of Eva Lewis

Carol P. Eastin
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Barbara Engel
In Honor of Maha Jarad

Mark Epstein
In Honor of Joseph Monahan

Emory Erker-Lynch
In Honor of Catherine Erker-Lynch

Edith H. Falk
In Honor of Sara Sirotzky

Julia Fedor
For the Birthday of Allison H. Lowe-Fotos
“Happy Birthday!! You do great work!”

Bette Feinerman
In Honor of Vivian Kramer

Linda Fitzgerald
In Honor of Susan Alitto

Jean Foley
In Memory of Doris Conant

Miriam Frankel
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Lynn Freitag
In Memory of Barbara Rose

Catherine Galgano
In Memory of Clementine Morris Gilbert

Renee Gatsis
In Honor of Mary S. Gatsis

Jody Gauthier
For the Birthday of Andrew Klemens

Lisa Ginet
In Celebration of Jeannie S. Affelder

Judie Green
In Honor of María C. Bechily

Lindsay R. Hagan
In Honor of Janice E. Rodgers

Joan M. Hall
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Award Honoree”

Jenny Han
In Honor of Lisa Abrams

Matt Harness
In Honor of Aparna Sharma

Melissa Heim Viox
In Celebration of Emma Kaufman

Greg Hendle
In Honor of Jennifer Beightol

Gail Hernly
In Memory of Cheryl D. Fowler

Bette Hill
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Melissa Hilton
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Susan Himmelfarb
In Honor of Anne Ladky
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Susan Himmelfarb
In Honor of K. Sujata
“Year after year you lead the way!”

Susan Himmelfarb
In Honor of Janice E. Rodgers
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Linda Wagner and Janine Hoft
In Memory of Barbara Rose

Bailey Hughes
In Honor of Carolyn Sellers

Eilene S. Isaacs
In Honor of Sunny Fischer

Sheila Javor
In Honor of Harlene Ellin

Purusottam Jena
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Sandra R. Johnson
In Honor of Emily Hathcoat

Katie Jozwik
In Honor of Jenn Kovacs

Nancy Juda and Jens Brasch
In Memory of Barbara Rose

Paula R. Kahn
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Jan Kallish
In Honor of Carol Kallish

Kim Kamin
In Honor of Maggi Steib

Sarah Kearns
In Honor of Sarah Gomel

Stephen V. King
In Honor of Maggie King

Rachel E. Kraft
In Honor of Kerana G. Kraft

Rachel E. Kraft
In Honor of María C. Bechily

BC Krishna
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Cheryl LaCost
In Honor of Wendy Manning

Janine Landow-Esser
In Honor of Janice E. Rodgers
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Susan Lane
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Diana Lauber
In Honor of Audra Wienke

Spencer Lederman
In Celebration of Emma Kaufman

Elizabeth A. Lee
In Honor of K. Sujata

Joan R. Leopold
In Honor of Graciela Mazzaferri

Richard Letchinger
In Honor of Robin Letchinger

Janice E. Linn
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Janice E. Linn
In Memory of Eileen P. Gardner

Whitney Logan
In Honor of Virginia R. Holt

Marcie W. Love
In Memory of Linda Waterman

Lynn T. Lowinger
In Memory of Doris Conant

Eric Ludewig
In Honor of Gail J. Ludewig

Vicki Ly
In Celebration of Ruth B. Ginsburg

Joyasree Mahanti
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Rico Manfredini
In Memory of Doris Conant

Loretta Manfredini
In Memory of Doris Conant

Susan and Philip Marineau
In Honor of Jo Moore

Marylen Marty-Gentile
In Honor of Patricia Slovak

Dorothy Mayer
In Honor of Grace Newton

Matthew McCarrick
In Honor of Charlene Folkins

John McConnell
In Honor of Nicole and K. McConnell

Margot McMillen
In Honor of Patricia R. McMillen
“With love”

Samuel Mendelson
In Celebration of Cheryl Mendelson

Jessica Meyers
In Honor of Laura Herzing

Sarah J. Miller
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Elizabeth Moore
In Honor of Jason Johnson

Jo and Art Moore
In Honor of María C. Bechily

Susan Morse
In Honor of Mary Morse

Scott Nehs
In Honor of Robin Letchinger

Dorothy Osborn
In Memory of Doris Conant

Marilyn Pagán-Banks
In Honor of Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Rebekah Paine
In Honor of Megan Martin

Bradley Parsell
In Honor of Kayleen Hormann
“In Memory of their daughter, Meghan Hormann, and in celebration of Meghan’s passion”

Sanford Peck
In Memory of Barbara Rose

Jean Perkins
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Jean Perkins
In Honor of Anne Ladky
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Emily Pevnick
In Honor of Darcy Berman

Marianne Philbin
In Honor of María C. Bechily

Marrey Picciotti
In Memory of Daneen K. Braak

Jean Pogge
In Honor of Janice E. Rodgers
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Alicia Pond
In Honor of Kathryn Kennedy

Alicia Pond
In Honor of Adela Cepeda

Ashley Prasad
In Honor of Sophia Troglia

Carol Prins and John Hart
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

James Puchner
In Honor of Virginia L. Puchner

Ariel Rainey
In Celebration of Chicago Women Take Action

Sumana Rajagopal
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Hedy M. Ratner
In Honor of Marilyn Katz

Martha Ravits
In Honor of Sarah Gomel

Emma Reidy
In Memory of Susan J. Reidy

Ronald Rendell
In Honor of A. K. Rajagopal

Bonnie Rhodes
In Honor of Kate Bucher

Susan M Ridgeway
In Honor of Cecilia Ridgeway
“In celebration of Christmas”

Nancy M. Rizzuto
In Honor of Wendy K. White Eagle

Robin Roberts
In Honor of Marie Osadjan

Leonard Rosenberg
In Honor of Sheli Z. Rosenberg

Shelley Rosenstein
In Honor of Rebecca Sive

Dillon Roth
In Honor of Robyn Robblee-Roth

Scott Rousse
In Honor of Toni F. Rousse

Betsy Rubinstein
In Honor of Karla J. Muldowney

Missy Ruminski
In Memory of Dorothy Deubler

Missy Ruminski
In Memory of Barbara Deubler

Bettylu and Paul Saltzman
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Kate Schriner
For the Birthday of Mariko Charvat

Carol Schroeder
In Memory of Doris Conant

Daryn Schwartz
In Honor of Tracy Roemer

Adrienne R. Segel
For the Birthday of Leora Rosen

Amanda Senior
In Celebration of Alicia Senior-Saywell

Danielle Shanes
In Honor of Renee Reade

Melanie Sherman
For the Birthday of Layla Sherman

Jennifer Siegel
In Honor of Judith S. Cottle

Diane Simmons
In Honor of Elaine C. Weiss

Laura Singer
In Honor of Women and Supporters marching on January 21 and beyond

Ada Skyles
In Honor of Nancy Juda

Mary Beth Smith
For the Birthday of Laura-Ann Jacobs

Jason Sommer
In Honor of Jamie Sommer

Ronna Stamm
In Memory of Doris Conant

Walter Stearns
In Honor of Mercury Theater Chicago -. HAIR

Carole and David Stone
In Honor of Jessica E. Patt

Kimberly Stone
In Honor of Donna M. Stone

Mary Stowell
In Honor of Marcena W. Love

Beth Strom
In Honor of the women of the 60s

Roslynne Supera
In Honor of Jo G. Moore

Stephanie Szymanski
In honor of Janice E. Rodgers

Jennifer Tani
In Memory of Aparna Sharma

Dimitra Tasiouras
In Honor of Janice E. Rodgers

Stien Van der Ploeg
In Celebration of Van Huynh

Beth Vlerick
In Honor of Mony Ruiz Velasco

Rikke Vognsen
In Honor of Barbara Rose

Choua Vue
In Honor of Aparna Sharma

Katie Walsh
In Honor of Christina Brandon

Deborah Wellek Wolkstein
In Honor of Erika Bachner

Gwynne Wilcox
In Honor of Patricia Slovak

Bernadine Wims
In Honor of Chicago Foundation for Women

Bobbe P. Wolf
In Honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Elizabeth Wright
In Honor of Mary O’Donnell

Juli L. York
In Honor of Kate, Tara and Lora York

Lora York
In Honor of Janis and David York

Patricia Yuzawa-Rubin
In Memory of Doris Conant

Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation
In honor of K. Sujata

Santa Fe Community Foundation
In honor of Carol Prins

Business and Professional People for the Public Interest
In honor of Esther S. Saks
“2017 Impact Awards Honoree”

Surya Fund
In honor of A. K. Rajagopal

The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc
For the Anniversary of Carleen L. Schreder
“Congratulations on your renewal of vows.”