(Click on the cover to view the 2016 Annual Report)
March 2017: A Day Without A Woman
February 2017: A Quarter of a Million Voices
January 2017: January 21 is Only the Beginning.
December 2016: What Sustains Us.
November 2016: What Happens on November 9?
Mergers as a Strategy for SuccessMetropolitan Chicago Nonprofit Merger Research Project, 2016
Women and Wealth: Insight for GrantmakersAsset Funders Network, 2015
Creating Opportunity for Immigrant Women and Girls in the Chicago Region: Recommendations for the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Civic PlanChicago Foundation for Women and Heartland Alliance’s Research & Policy Division, February 2015
Building Economic Security: The Power of Gender Based PhilanthropyWomen’s Economic Security Campaign, August 2013
Workforce development for lower income working women in the Chicago region: the research background Malcolm Bush and Jiffy Lansing with Shannon Guiltinan, September 2013
Women's Economic Security Campaign: Connecting Women to CareersChicago Foundation for Women and Jane Addams Resource Corporation, 2012
10 Important Facts about Single Working Women’s Economic Independence, 2010
Changing Conditions in a Changing World—The Situation of Working Female Heads-of-Households in the Chicago Region: Issues, Insights, Implications Malcolm Bush, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 2010 This report measures and compares the changing demographics and situation of working female heads-of- households from 2000 to 2008 in the eight-county Chicago region who earn between $10,000 and $50,000 per year. Primary data was derived from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2000 U.S. Census and its American Community Surveys through 2008. It also identifies the key public policy implications suggested by the reported changes and trends.
The Situation of Working, Moderate-Income, Single Mothers in the Chicago Region: Changes and Prospects, 2009
Research Summaries Regarding The State of Single Working Mothers in America and the Chicago Region Gary Orfield, Ph.D., 2009 The Eleanor Foundation’s national research, conducted by Dr. Gary Orfield, examines the broad trends impacting single working mothers in the nation’s 10 largest metropolitan areas. It explores the importance of single mothers to the economic fabric of the neighborhoods and communities in which they live. And it offers suggestions for public policymaking that would enhance the lives of their children and of the communities in which they live.
The Future Depends upon Single Mothers; A Policy Analysis including Data from the Top Ten Metropolitan Areas The Future Depends upon Single Mothers; A Policy Analysis including Data from the Top Ten Metropolitan Areas—Summary Gary Orfield, Civil Rights Project at University of California, Los Angeles, Malcolm Bush, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, 2009 Through a 10-city comparative demographic study and public policy review, this national research project uncovers the impact that long-standing trends, attitudes and federal policies have had on working mothers. It provides a detailed demographic analysis and public policy implications that impact their economic futures.
Focus Group Research-Mellman Report, 2008
Understanding the Needs of Lower-Income Working Women in Chicago Janet Smith and Asma Ali, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2005 This research project offers a comprehensive, demographic snapshot of working class women who are heads of households in Chicago, based on U.S. Census data. Using original focus groups, the report also features eight distinct profiles of working women, detailing their situations and needs.
Profiles of Chicago Women, short research report
CFW Audited Financial Statements FY2015-2016
Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) announced 47 grants totaling $1,087,000 to Chicago nonprofits committed to strengthening women’s economic security and reproductive justice. CFW’s fall grant […]
Stephen Gosset, Chicagoist The election of Donald Trump brought forth a wave of outreach and support for a seemingly endless spectrum of rights and benefits […]
Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times The women marched. The politicians boycotted. The Man is still in. Nothing, not the grieving, the sleepless nights, nor the tears, […]
Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) is proud to announce the 2017 Impact Awards honorees — local leaders who have worked across generations to increase resources […]
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT A Quarter of a Million Voices. In a world that so often ignores the voices of women, it is […]
Grant funds support grassroots organizing and civic engagement in first 100 days of the new administration February 20, 2017 — Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) […]
Alyssa Ochs Inside Philanthropy Not surprisingly, a big theme in our coverage lately has been grantmaking in response to new Trump policies. We’ve written about […]
Rebecca Koenig The Chronicle of Philanthropy The unprecedented sums individual donors have given to progressive nonprofits since the presidential election have drawn ample attention. The […]
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRESIDENT A Day Without A Woman. What would our communities look like without the contributions of women? On January 21, […]
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