Annual Reports

 2017 Annual Report (Click on the cover to view the 2017 Annual Report)

2016 Annual Report (Click on the cover to view the 2016 Annual Report)

2015  (PDF)

2014 (PDF)

2013 (PDF)

2012 (PDF)

2011 (PDF)


The Report on the Status of Chicago's Women and Girls
Chicago Foundation for Women, 2017

Damage Done: The Impact of the Illinois Budget Stalemate on Women and Children
Chicago Foundation for Women, Voices for Illinois Children, Loyola University Chicago Center for Urban Research and Learning, 2017

Mergers as a Strategy for Success
Metropolitan Chicago Nonprofit Merger Research Project, 2016

Women and Wealth: Insight for Grantmakers
Asset Funders Network, 2015

Creating Opportunity for Immigrant Women and Girls in the Chicago Region: Recommendations for the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Civic Plan
Chicago Foundation for Women and Heartland Alliance’s Research & Policy Division, February 2015

Building Economic Security: The Power of Gender Based Philanthropy
Women’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 Careers
Chicago Foundation for Women and Jane Addams Resource Corporation, 2012


Eleanor Foundation Research

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