The Sophia Society

Lucia Woods Lindley

Lucia Woods Lindley was a pillar of Chicago’s philanthropic community. Lucia was a Founding Mother of CFW, and it was her Sophia Fund, named after the Greek archetype of feminine wisdom and the only fund in the country at the time that focused on women’s issues, that ultimately established CFW.

“It was a way to inspire other donors to become more public about their giving to women’s organizations and to encourage lots of people, especially women, to use their resources to support women and girls’ issues,” Sunny Fischer, CFW Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Sophia Fund, remembers.

In the Sophia Fund’s last annual report, Lucia wrote “I look forward to our continuing the journey—to our working together in varying ways, individually and together, to enhance women’s lives for the benefit of all.”

It was this commitment to enhancing women’s lives that inspired Lucia’s $10M testamentary donation to CFW – the largest in the Foundation’s history – helping CFW’s recovery efforts to ensure women emerge from the pandemic stronger than before. CFW is proud to have named the Foundation’s planned giving society, The Sophia Society, in honor of Lucia and her dedication to investing in women and girls.

The Sophia Society recognizes those who have chosen to leave a lasting charitable legacy with CFW by including the Foundation in their estate plan. Including a planned gift to CFW in your estate is not only an investment in the Foundation’s current efforts but will allow CFW to
continue the journey of enhancing the lives of women and girls for years to come.

CFW is honored to carry on Lucia’s legacy and her commitment to women and girls to inspire others to invest in women and girls.
To read Lucia’s full obituary, visit here.

The Sophia Society Members

  • Anonymous (11)
  • Artemis Foundation
  • Roberta L. Allen
  • The Estate of Reverend Willie
    Taplin Barrow
  • The Estate of Irene Bayrach
  • María C. Bechily
  • Ruth K. Belzer
  • Ellen J. Benjamin and Frederick
    N. Bates
  • Marjorie Craig Benton
  • Margaret C. Bisberg
  • Bernadette Chopra and Vivek
  • Fay Clayton and
  • Lowell Sachnoff
  • Joyce Davidson
  • Jane S. Dewey
  • Sondra Berman Epstein
  • Tina M. Erickson and Michael A. Krutsch
  • Edith H. Falk
  • Donald C. Farley
  • Sunny and Paul Fischer
  • Joan Goldstein
  • Gail Hernly
  • Millicent and
  • Thomas Holmes
  • Nancy Juda
  • Polly B. Kawalek
  • Rachel E. Kraft
  • Juju Lien
  • Lucia Woods Lindley
  • Laurel Lipkin
  • Lois J. Lipton
  • Marcena W. Love
  • Gail J. Ludewig
  • The Estate of Nina Martin
  • Jo and Art Moore
  • The Estate of Sally Myers
  • Beverly Nachtrieb
  • Jerry Newton
  • Jamene Phillippe
  • Elizabeth B. Phillips
  • Debra Pizer
  • Kathleen Johnson Pope
  • Carol Prins
  • The Estate of Sylvia M. Radov
  • Hedy M. Ratner
  • Janice E. Rodgers
  • Leora Rosen
  • Carleen L. Schreder
  • Patricia Costello Slovak
  • Julia M. Stasch
  • K. Sujata and Laurence Marks
  • Peggy Sullivan
  • Pauline Taylor
  • Laura A. Tucker
  • Elizabeth K. Ware
    The Estate of Miriam E. Wirt
  • The Estate of Norris “Mike” Love
  • Laurel Appell Lipkin
  • The Estate of Evelyn
  • Appell Lipkin


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