Donate to Giving Council or Giving Circle
Select a Giving Council or Giving Circle from the list below
Donations go to the Council’s or Circle’s fund you have selected. Grants are then made to their respective communities.
Contributions are Tax-Deductible
Contributions to CFW are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. CFW is a public foundation that has been designated a 501(c)(3) agency. Funds are professionally managed and carefully allocated to maximize the benefits to women and girls throughout metropolitan Chicago.
Giving Councils + Giving Circles
LBTQ Giving Council
The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women is committed to fundraising in order to provide grants to organizations and programs benefiting lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning women and girls in the Chicago region. Through its Lavender Fund, the LBTQ Giving Council was the first grantmaking entity in the city of Chicago to provide grants exclusively to lesbian communities. We have a special focus on access to healthcare and information, freedom from violence and economic security for girl- and women-identified people. Learn More
Women of Color United Giving Council
Women of Color United Giving Council builds community and solidarity among BIPOC women, trans and gender non-binary people across Chicago in service of redistributing resources and providing support to organizations within the City of Chicago that serve our community with a priority focus on those organizations led by those in our community. Learn More
Young Women’s Giving Council
Young Women’s Giving Council of CFW invests in and empowers girls and young women in the Chicago region to create social change. It is an extension of the work of the Foundation. We are young professionals committed to supporting young women and girls through philanthropic efforts. We utilize our strength as a network of young women to fundraise in order to make grants to local groups annually. In addition, we develop the potential of women as leaders and philanthropists, empowering them through educational programming, leadership opportunities, and professional development. Learn More
North Shore Giving Circle
The North Shore Giving Circle of Chicago Foundation for Women (NSGC) is a group of Chicago-area women who combine their funds to address the needs of women and girls in the northern suburbs. By leveraging the power of collective gifts, our grants create meaningful impact and improve lives. Learn More
South Side Giving Circle
The South Side Giving Circle (SSGC) of CFW mobilizes philanthropic resources of women primarily on Chicago’s South Side and in the South Suburbs to invest in the economic, social and political power of Black women and girls in metropolitan Chicago. We are a fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives and have awarded close to $210,000 to organizations on the South Side since 2018. Learn More