Legacy Giving at CFW

Build a Legacy of Purpose

Chicago Foundation for Women was founded on the principle that when women and girls have the opportunity to thrive, whole communities succeed. Achieving gender equity takes all of us, and it takes planning. Together, the work we do today will guarantee a better world for thousands of women and girls tomorrow.

The Sophia Society

The Sophia Society

In celebration of Lucia Woods Lindley's life, CFW has named the Foundation’s planned giving society in her honor, recognizing those who have chosen to leave a lasting charitable legacy with CFW by including the Foundation in their estate plan.

Carry On Your Values

Jessica Eve Patt Internship Fund

"Jessica was extraordinarily passionate about nonprofits." Since its creation in 1993, the Jessica Eve Patt Internship Fund has supported opportunities at CFW for twenty-three students

Leave a Legacy of Change

Sondra Berman Epstein's Legacy of Change

“As a mother that started her own public relations business, Sondra appreciated the services and support CFW provides to women and their families.”

Create a Legacy of Equity

The Lueavery Partee Fund

“A lot of my values around work, helping other women, and standing on my own two feet are inspired by her.”

Ways to Leave Your Legacy

  • Include a bequest in your will or living trust
  • Start a Donor-Advised Fund
  • Make Chicago Foundation for Women a beneficiary of your charitable trust, IRA, or life insurance policy
  • Use your traditional IRA to make your charitable gifts

Benefits of Making a Legacy Gift

  • Tax advantages – a planned gift can reduce income taxes and avoid capital gains taxes
  • Peace of Mind – you decide where your money goes, ensuring the future health of an organization close to YOUR heart
  • A lasting legacy in your community


To get started, contact the Development Team at info@cfw.org.