CULTIVATE: Women of Color Leadership Initiative

Cultivate is a joint effort of the Crossroads Fund, Chicago Foundation for Women, Woods Fund Chicago, Walder Foundation, and the Chicago Community Trust. This program is limited to grantees of those foundations.


Since 2013, Cultivate has and continues to build a cadre of emerging women of color leaders engaged in social, economic, and racial justice movements and whose collective voice and power can be leveraged to a shared vision of the Chicago region’s future. By bringing together women who lead intersecting but separate justice efforts–gender and racial equity, labor rights, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and immigrant rights, among others–Cultivate aims to transform these movements from the inside, fortify relationships among participants, and foster collaborations across organizations to advance a shared vision towards equity and justice for all. The Cultivate program is a one-year program supporting the personal and professional development needs of each participant.


For more information about CULTIVATE or CFW’s Women’s Leadership Development Initiative contact Marline Johnson,