Grantmaking

Whether we're funding a new idea or an ongoing project, we invest for maximum impact.

Innovation

The Foundation has a history of providing early seed money to organizations that propose innovative, creative solutions to the problems faced by underserved women and girls.

But new programs are not the only path to greater economic security, freedom from violence, or health. Smart collaborations among organizations, more direct links between complementary ideas, and more efficient infrastructure also serve more women, more comprehensively.

Polk Bros. Fund for Emerging Organizations
Grassroots, volunteer-driven efforts can only go so far. Through the Polk Bros. Fund for Emerging Organizations, CFW identifies the most promising small initiatives and helps them grow and thrive.

The Enterprise Fund
What structures and pathways will best help women meet the next wave of economic, social and educational challenges? From combining ideas to co-locating services to formally joining with a nonprofit partner, the Enterprise Fund gives organizations the flexibility to consider new organizational structures and new iterations of their work.

Giving Councils
Giving Councils connect specific, underserved communities and needs with vital grant support and introduce new issues, new points of view, and new leaders to the larger philanthropic community.

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Grants

Read about the projects that Chicago Foundation for Women has funded in the past four fiscal years.

Fiscal Year 2020

Fiscal Year 2019

ECONOMIC SECURITY
The Eleanor Network at CFW

The Eleanor Network works to expand women’s economic security through a variety of strategies, from direct service to grassroots advocacy. The Pathways to Economic Self-Sufficiency model focuses on workforce development as an essential economic security initiative within the Network. The combination of training opportunities and comprehensive support services ensures that women are able to secure living wage jobs with benefits and have clear pathways for career advancement and professional development.

Advocacy
Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), $30,000
COFI develops the leadership and organizing capacity of low-income mothers and grandmothers of color through leadership training and direct action to make their voices heard in policy-making at the local, state and national level. The Public Policy Leadership and Advocacy Project develops the policy leadership skills of hundreds of low-income women of color and engages them in campaigns that address the root causes of family poverty and help to strengthen family economic security in this and the next generation. The Stepping Out of Poverty Campaign (STOP) engages the voices of hundreds of low-income women of color in identifying and advancing public policies to increase women’s economic security and address debt and its negative consequences on women and families.

Enlace Chicago, $15,000
Enlace Chicago convenes, organizes and builds the capacity of Little Village stakeholders to confront systemic inequities and barriers to economic and social access. Enlace Chicago convenes and supports a network of Spanish-speaking Community Health Workers (CHW) to build their skills in health promotion and education in the community, create more employment opportunities, mobilize as advocates on behalf of the community, and ultimately improve access to care and community health outcomes in Little Village.

Fund for Justice dba, Chicago Appleseed Fund, $15,000
Chicago Appleseed improves lives by advocating for courts that are fair for all people, efficient so justice is not delayed, and effective in seeking solutions to social justice problems. Chicago Appleseed works to make the court system accessible to low-income families without an attorney, with a focus on domestic relations court and women seeking child support.

Healing to Action, $15,000
Healing to Action advances a worker-led movement to end gender-based violence. Healing to Action builds the power of low-wage workers to achieve economic and social equity by elevating gender violence as a priority in the labor movement, cultivating worker leadership to transform responses to gender violence and building coalitions to 2 unite labor, legal and anti-violence organizations behind worker-led solutions. Healing to Action builds workers’ collective power to advocate for policies that address gender-based violence as an economic justice issue with their employers, elected officials and community members.

Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), $25,000
Jane Addams Senior Caucus is Chicago’s largest grassroots community action organization led by seniors. Through leadership development, organizing and popular education, it uses the power of its collective voice to work for economic, social and racial justice for all seniors and communities. Standing Up for Illinois Women develops the power and capacity of low-income older women, especially older women of color, to address gender disparities in retirement security, to protect and expand Social Security benefits, to guarantee universal in-home care services for every senior, regardless of income, to ensure progressive revenues for the state to fulfill its primary functions and to pass the Senior Bill of Rights ordinance to ensure that older women have the freedom to live and age.

Latino Union, $20,000
Latino Union collaborates with low-wage immigrant and U.S.-born workers to develop the tools necessary to improve social and economic conditions. The Chicago Coalition of Household Workers is a transformative organizing and leadership development program for household workers who are building power to create just conditions in their workplaces, homes, and communities.

Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA), $15,000
LSNA is a multi-issue community organization, directly serving more than 6,500 residents across the Logan Square, Hermosa, and Avondale neighborhoods of Chicago, advancing diversity, leader development, and models for engagement as the catalyst for social justice. The Parent Mentor program develops parents (mostly mothers) as leaders in homes, schools and communities by providing educational and leadership opportunities to parents as classroom-based academic and an emotional support for students.

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago (ROC-Chicago), $10,000
ROC-Chicago is a multiracial membership-based organization that combines worker advocacy, workplace justice campaigns, job training and research to improve wages and working conditions for the low-wage restaurant workforce. ROC-Chicago work aims to address the barriers facing low-wage restaurant workers - predominantly women, youth and people of color - and shift the imbalance of power within the industry while lifting industry standards.

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, $30,000
The Shriver Center provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Women’s Law and Policy Initiative (WLPI) creates and promotes legal and policy solutions to improve the lives of low-income women and girls. The current WLPI agenda 3 centers on three goals: ensuring economic justice for low-income women, particularly in the workplace; creating equal education and skill-building opportunities for women and girls; and promoting freedom from domestic and sexual violence.

Women Employed, $25,000
Women Employed’s mission is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. Women Employed will advance its two strategic priorities: winning changes in workplace practices that improve the quality of front-line jobs to increase the economic stability of low wage earners, and creating systems and programs that enable disadvantaged adults to increase their skills, leading to good jobs.

Direct Service
Accion Chicago, $15,000
Accion provides small business owners with the capital, coaching and connections they need to grow businesses that generate jobs and wealth in communities in need of economic opportunity. Accion created its Female Entrepreneurship Program to connect women, primarily minority and low-income entrepreneurs, with the services they need to grow their businesses, support their families, and create jobs in their communities.

Chicago House & Social Services, $20,000
Chicago House provides an array of services that address the most pressing issues of individuals and families disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness and/or gender nonconformity. Chicago House’s innovative TransWorks Program is the only employment program in the Midwest specifically addressing the barriers that transgender people face in the workforce. Chicago House provides career counseling, support, mentorship, and job readiness workshops, in addition to services that remove barriers to employment, including stable housing, name change services and access to healthcare.

Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), $15,000
Through out-of-school time and early childhood programs, CYC provides the experiences and resources needed for youth ages 3-18 to persist academically and develop socially and emotionally. Girls Excelling in Math and Science is a national club model that increases interest in STEM for girls in elementary and middle school through hands-on, project-based learning.

Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA), $15,000
CMAA is a community-based social services agency serving low-income immigrants, refugees, people of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, and all generations from youth to seniors. Young Women Warriors (YWW) is a group-mentoring program for young women of color ages 12-18 from low-income immigrant families. YWW provides young women access to older, female professionals of color who help guide mentees throughout high school, college and the beginning of their careers.

Deborah’s Place, $20,000
Deborah’s Place opens doors for women experiencing homelessness as Chicago’s largest provider of supportive and interim housing exclusively for women. Supportive housing and services, and a Housing First approach offer women their key to healing, achieving their goals, and moving on from the experience of homelessness. Teresa’s Interim Housing (TIH) is a 120-day residential program that provides safe, short-term housing that addresses the immediate needs of women who are homeless with targeted interventions that help them transition into permanent housing and achieve long-term housing stability.

GirlForward, $15,000
GirlForward is a community of support dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunity for girls who have been displaced globally by conflict and persecution. GirlForward Chicago provides safe spaces for girls to explore their identities, connect with other girls and access the resources they need, including English language education and mentorship.

Northwest Side Housing Center, $20,000
Northwest Side Housing Center leverages resources to improve the economic well-being and quality of life in Belmont Cragin and the surrounding communities through financial education, first-time home buying classes, community organizing, income support services, job placement and workforce development, as well as business development programs to strengthen its local economy. Women Forward Chicago (WFC) engages low and moderate income Latinas in building the financial and life skills necessary for economic security.

St. Leonard’s Ministries, $15,000
St. Leonard's Ministries empowers formerly incarcerated women to lead whole and productive lives with the support of holistic services including interim and permanent supportive housing, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical healthcare, substance use treatment, education, employment training and transitional jobs. St. Leonard’s Ministries’ Grace House employs a two-step approach, preparing women with the internal tools to heal from past traumas, and providing job skills training, job placement, and long-term retention support to ensure the women remain gainfully employed.

Target Hope, $20,000
Target HOPE enhances educational opportunities for minority students attending public high schools in the Chicago metropolitan area. The STEM Initiative creates specific material and training for young women and girls to increase the number of female scholars who have an interest in or a demonstrated aptitude for mathematics and science, as well as mentoring opportunities and peer support.

The Night Ministry, $15,000
The Night Ministry provides housing, health care and human connection to members of its community struggling with poverty or homelessness. The Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program increases the safety and stability of pregnant and parenting homeless youth ages 14-21 and their children.

YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago, $15,000
YWCA works to eliminate racism and empower women through services that benefit more than 200,000 women, children and families annually. Through one-on-one and group coaching, skills-based training, career placement and financial education, YWCA’s Economic Sustainability Services offer women help planning for a career, career advancement, small business development, financial sustainability and asset acquisition.

Training
Cara, $30,000
Cara is a dynamic workforce development agency and social enterprise providing transitional and temporary jobs and leadership development coaching grounded in socio-emotional health, workplace competencies, and self-actualization necessary for participants to pass opportunity onto the next generation. The Eleanor Career Advancement Program prepares employed Cara women for the next step in their professional journeys, whether that be additional training, enrolling in formal educational programs, or finding a more suitable job through which they can advance their compensation and benefits.

Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT), $65,000
CWIT exists to improve women's economic equity by increasing their participation in skilled, blue-collar occupations traditionally held by men. CWIT creates opportunities for women to enter and advance in the industry through policy, advocacy and technical assistance initiatives, and by ensuring that women are informed about and prepared to compete for and succeed in these occupations through direct service programs.

Grow Your Own, $35,000
Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois is a teacher training program that supports community members of color to become certified teachers in their neighborhood schools to help improve the educational outcomes of students. GYO removes barriers that prevent many working adults, particularly working women, from returning to school while creating a pipeline of highly effective, diverse, justice and community oriented teachers.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), $75,000
JARC provides high-quality manufacturing skills training and support services to help lower-income and unemployed workers achieve self-sufficiency. JARC’s Women in Manufacturing program (WMP) prepares low-income women for living-wage careers in the metal manufacturing sector.

Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation (KIDC), $70,000
KIDC offers early stage small businesses affordable space to operate, business advising, and workforce development services including job placement and training 6 services. The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training program prepares students for an Illinois EMT-Basic license and is offered tuition free to women who are heads of their households.

Upwardly Global, $40,000
Upwardly Global is the country’s leading economic inclusion engine for immigrant professionals, helping job seekers translate their skills and experience towards the demand of middle-to-high-skilled jobs. The Women’s Empowerment Program equips immigrant and refugee women with the essential employability skills, confidence, networks and access to employers.

Stabilization
All Chicago Making Homelessness History, $60,000
All Chicago Making Homelessness History collaboratively addresses the complex issue of homelessness through its four signature approaches: Emergency Financial Assistance, Community Partnerships, Data Analytics and Training, and Research. All Chicago targets a portion of its Self-Sufficiency Grants towards female-headed households where a woman is enrolled in an employment training or educational program, and a portion of its Crisis Solution Grants towards female-headed households.

Heartland Human Care Services, $50,000
Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) has 130 years of experience providing the most vulnerable populations with the services they need to build a stable, successful life. IDEA (Imagine Dedicate Earn Achieve) helps low-income female heads-of-household who earn less than $40,000 per year improve their financial stability through credit building, money management, access to affordable banking, decreased reliance on predatory products and increased earning potential.

Catalyst Fund for Reproductive Justice
The Catalyst Fund supports woman-of-color led, grassroots advocacy reproductive justice organizations.

Arise Chicago, $20,000
Arise educates, organizes and develops the leadership of low-wage, primarily immigrant, majority female workers, and organizes a broad range of faith leaders to support workplace and policy campaigns. Arise organizes for economic and physical security for all workers, especially for women of color and immigrant women, by ensuring that workplaces are welcoming to parents; working toward jobs that provide economic stability, healthy and safe environments for women, including during pregnancy; and advocating for family-friendly policies such as paid sick days.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA), $43,000
CGLA provides legal services and advocacy for individuals affected by the criminal justice system. CGLA ensures the voices and experiences of women impacted by incarceration are on the forefront of criminal system reform conversations.

Chicago Freedom School, $30,000
Chicago Freedom School provides training and educational opportunities for youth and allied adults to develop leadership skills through the lens of civic action and through the study of social movement history. Project HealUs activates and prepares young people of color ages 14-20 from marginalized communities to explore, engage, and expand the work of the reproductive justice movement within their communities.

EverThrive Illinois, $37,500
EverThrive Illinois works to improve the health of women, children, and families across the lifespan. The Community Empowerment Project increases awareness of maternal and child health issues, with an emphasis on reproductive justice, through advocacy, outreach and education. EverThrive IL advocates for policies to address systematic inequities and barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving optimal sexual and reproductive health and to increase the capacity of women and girls in low-income communities to control their sexual and reproductive health and share information with their peers and community.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), $43,000
ICAH is a network of empowered youth and allied adults who transform public consciousness and increase the capacity of family, school and healthcare systems to support the sexual health, rights and identities of youth.

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, $46,500
The Task Force works to address breast cancer survival disparities between Black and white women in Chicago by increasing access to quality health care. The Task Force supports education, quality measurement and improvement for breast healthcare, as well as provides direct services to women through its Community Health Initiatives.

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), $30,000
NAPAWF is a national, multi-issue organizing and advocacy organization dedicated to organizing and building power of women-identifying Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) people to advance human rights and social justice. The Chicago Reproductive Justice Organizing Project continues to grow a base and build the capacity of AAPI activists working toward reproductive justice in Chicago.

Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), $20,000
WWJ works to transform work in the distribution industry from poverty-level temp jobs into living wage jobs with dignity. The Women's Committee engages women of color as leaders in the movement for economic security.

South Side Giving Circle
Assata's Daughters, $7,500
Assata's Daughters provides yearlong after-school political education programming to young Black girls and Black teens. Youth participants have the opportunity to use what 8 they learn and participate in, create and lead citywide campaigns that promote the liberation of Black people.

Girls Like Me Project, Inc., $5,000
Girls Like Me Project aims to liberate urban African-American girls ages 11-16 through programming to become influential, independent digital-storytellers. D.I.V.A.S (Digitally Innovative Voices of Advocacy Sisters) in the City is a 6-week collaborative group-mentoring summer program that uses digital storytelling as a tool of connectivity and leadership, and gives girls the tools to document their experience as they explore Chicago beyond their neighborhoods.

Polished Pebbles, $10,000
Polished Pebbles mentoring program helps African-American girls resolve conflicts nonviolently & teaches them effective communication, career and life skills. The High School Girl's Career Connections program engages participants in mentoring activities that facilitate the development of strong, effective, and transferable communication skills with peers, adults, and employers; exposes participants to various potential career paths; and creates a community space for girls, their families and community members.

Sisters Network Chicago Chapter (SNCC), $7,500
SNCC seeks to eliminate disparities in breast cancer mortality for Black women in Metropolitan Chicago through advocacy, education, financial assistance and social support.

Violets in Bloom, $3,000
Violets In Bloom offers after school programming for sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls in the Bronzeville area geared towards educational goals, mentoring and self-awareness.

Fay Clayton Donor Advised Fund
Still She Rises, $1,000
Still She Rises provides low-income mothers in North Tulsa with access to meaningful and effective legal representation in criminal, family and civil court, and ensures they have the social support they need.

HEALTH
Advocacy
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU, Inc., $25,000
The ACLU of Illinois works to protect and extend freedom, liberty and equality to all through integrated advocacy efforts that combine litigation, legislative and regulatory advocacy, public education and engagement. The Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project (WRRP) facilitates women’s full participation in society by safeguarding the right to medical privacy and bodily autonomy; removing the stigma that surrounds abortion, pregnancy, and lactation; and advancing policies that recognize the full range of reproductive health care—from contraception, to abortion, to childbirth—as health care.

Advocacy and Direct Service
Affinity Community Services, $20,000
Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization serving the needs of the Black LGBTQ community of Chicago with a particular focus on Black women, and is one of the few organizations created and run by Black LGBTQ women. Founded to bring visibility and voice to Black people in LGBTQ communities and LGBTQ people in Black communities, Affinity operates from the South Side of Chicago and has served thousands of people over its 20-year history.

HEART Women and Girls, $20,000
HEART Women and Girls promotes sexual health literacy and sexual violence prevention in Muslim communities through health education, advocacy, research and training.  HEART makes accurate, culturally-sensitive sexual health and sexual violence information accessible through both in-person interactive workshops and a virtual resource center. HEART offers advocacy to survivors to direct them to the information and support they need to move toward healing and justice. HEART also offers trainings to build the capacity of leaders, professionals and organizations to better serve the sexual health needs of Muslim communities.

Direct Service
Chicago Women’s Health Center, $25,000
Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC) facilitates the empowerment of women and trans people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford. CWHC offers primary care that integrates mental health, gynecological care, trans health care, counseling, alternative insemination and acupuncture. CWHC also works in Chicago schools to provide youth with comprehensive sexual health and healthy relationship classes.

Midwest Access Project, $20,000
Midwest Access Project (MAP) envisions a society in which every person has access to patient-centered, quality reproductive health care within their community. As a Midwestern hub for training and advocacy, MAP fills gaps in medical education and clinical training, reducing barriers to care and improving access to reproductive health care by training providers in comprehensive sexual and reproductive health including contraception, pregnancy options counseling, miscarriage and abortion.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois, $15,000
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides compassionate, comprehensive reproductive health care, education and advocacy. PPIL’s Teen Birth Control Access Campaign is a multi-faceted, youth-driven outreach and service delivery campaign to reduce unintended teen pregnancy through education, improving access to birth control, and a proactive policy agenda to protect the ability of all Illinoisans to access confidential, affordable birth control.

RefugeeOne, $15,000
RefugeeOne creates opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity and self-reliance. The Women’s Health Project strengthens the mental, physical and social well-being of refugee women and girls. The program provides participants with therapeutic services, medical and intensive case management and opportunities to build a sense of community.

FREEDOM FROM VIOLENCE
Advocacy
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, $20,000
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) addresses the institutions and individuals that perpetrate, profit from, or support sexual exploitation, focusing specifically on sexual assault and prostitution. CAASE seeks to end sexual exploitation through free legal services, policy and legislative change, prevention education and community engagement efforts.

Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, $10,000
Chicago Workers’ Collective (CWC) organizes and empowers low-wage temp laborers to take action and protect their rights. CWC works to build community power by bridging diverse communities and organizing across sectors to end gender violence, racial discrimination and economic exploitation. CWC combines economic justice, community engagement and healing justice through leadership training and community building initiatives, with a particular focus on immigrant communities.

National Immigrant Justice Center, $25,000
The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) ensures due process and human rights protection for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. NIJC leverages a network of 1,600 pro bono attorneys to provide legal services for 10,000 individuals each year. The Gender Justice Initiative (GJI) fights to dismantle policies that disproportionately affect immigrant families, women and LGBTQ immigrants.

Smart Policy Works (SPW), $20,000
Smart Policy Works believes sustainable systems change is possible through cross-sector partnerships and inclusive public policymaking. The Women’s Justice Institute (WJI) convenes a statewide task force working to decrease the women’s prison population in Illinois; reduce the harm caused to women, children and families involved in the justice system; and promote improved health and well-being for those touched by the justice system.

Advocacy and Direct Service
Arab American Family Services (AAFS), $15,000
The mission of Arab-American Family Services (AAFS) is to empower and enhance the lives of Arab and Muslim people. AAFS addresses the many unmet needs and concerns of Arab American and other immigrant families in more than 30 communities in the South Suburban Chicagoland area. AAFS’ Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program provides direct services, advocacy and outreach for survivors of domestic violence. AAFS engages mainstream organizations to build their capacity to work with domestic violence survivors by providing training in the Arab American Culture, Islamic religion, and immigrant and refugee needs.

Between Friends, $20,000
Between Friends envisions a world without domestic violence, where all relationships are equitable, safe and just. Between Friends works to break the cycle of domestic abuse through crisis intervention, prevention and education services serving thousands of adults and youth every year. To ensure that outreach is responsive, healing, and effective, Between Friends connects with and listens to survivors of abuse. Between Friends invites individuals, families and communities to join the movement to end domestic violence.

Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF), $15,000
Chicago Community Bond Fund (CCBF) pays bond for individuals charged with crimes in Cook County, educates the public about the role of bond in the justice system, and advocates for the abolition of money bond. CCBF prioritizes assistance for those most likely to experience trauma while incarcerated, including LGBTQI and gender non-conforming people, Black women and mothers. CCBF is committed to building long-term relationships and organizing with people most directly impacted by criminalization and policing.

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic/The Family Defense Center, $35,000
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) provides skilled, compassionate legal representation to survivors of domestic violence. In addition to legal aid, DVLC connects survivors to necessary resources such as emotional support and safety planning. The Family Defense Center (FDC) serves parents and caregivers through legal services, policy initiatives and collaborative projects. DVLC will integrate FDC's direct legal services into its Extended Services Division. FDC policy efforts form the foundation of systemic advocacy and reform focused on gender-based violence and the child welfare system

HANA Center, $15,000
HANA Center empowers Korean American, immigrant, and multiethnic communities through social services, education, and community organizing to advance human rights. The Womxn Moving Forward Together (WMFT) program takes an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to advance both gender and economic justice. WMFT will focus on a collective empowerment model, building immigrant womxn survivors’ financial capacity and wealth while pursuing community accountability and systemic change to advance human rights.

KAN-WIN, $25,000
KAN-WIN empowers survivors of gender-based violence, with a particular focus on Asian immigrant communities. KAN-WIN’s mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, by empowering Asian American survivors and engaging the community through culturally competent services, community education and advocacy.

Mikva Challenge, $19,000
Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise. The Young Women’s Leadership Council (YWLC) at Mikva Challenge builds the skills and leadership potential of young women while providing a platform for citywide advocacy. The YWLC directly connects young women from under-resourced communities with women in positions of leadership, and creates a community of support that empowers its members to lead on the issues that affect them.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción, $15,000
Mujeres Latinas en Acción empowers survivors of violence to heal, thrive and become leaders. Mujeres Latinas en Acción brings cultural competency and expertise rooted in empowerment to healing services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including therapy, counseling, legal and medical case management. Community education and consultation services aim to improve responsiveness to and prevent domestic and sexual violence.

Resilience (formerly Rape Victim Advocates), $25,000
Resilience is committed to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group trauma therapy, and medical and legal advocacy in the Chicago metropolitan area. Resilience provides public education and institutional advocacy to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect policy change. Its work addresses the entire spectrum of sexual violence, including assault, harassment, abuse and prevention, with an additional focus on public education and institutional advocacy.

South Suburban Family Shelter, $15,000
South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) provides counseling, criminal and civil court advocacy, medical advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing, financial assistance, school-based prevention programs, abuser intervention and a 24-hour hotline for survivors of domestic violence. All programs are offered in both English and Spanish.

Direct Service
Apna Ghar, Inc., $20,000
Apna Ghar, Inc. provides holistic and culturally sensitive services to survivors of gender-based violence across immigrant communities in the metropolitan Chicago area. Apna Ghar offers a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling services and legal advocacy. Services are designed to minimize the socio-cultural, linguistic, and legal barriers that prevent immigrant women from seeking help. In addition to direct service, Apna Ghar advocates for systems change at the policy level.

BUILD, Inc., $15,000
BUILD, Inc. engages over 6,500 youth annually in efforts to escape gang violence and become leaders in their communities in five Chicago neighborhoods—Austin, Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Hermosa and Bronzeville. The BUILDing Girls 2 Women (BG2W) program invites girls with previous involvement in gangs or the justice system to participate in mentoring and counseling sessions. Through intensive group and individual support to address trauma, prevent participation in crime and violence, and develop self-esteem, self-efficacy and social-emotional health, BG2W teaches important skills like teamwork, anger management and establishing healthy relationships, while creating a ‘BG2W Sisterhood’ that continues long after the core program is completed.

Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, $10,000
The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace works to stop domestic violence where it starts by helping those who abuse take responsibility for their behavior, create healthier relationships and strengthen their community. The Center is the only Chicago-area agency dedicated to rehabilitating individuals who have abused an intimate partner through evidence-based, culturally responsive services rooted in feminist principles. The Center also plays a key role in strengthening the coordinated community response to domestic violence through facilitation of training for victim services and law enforcement professionals as well as engagement in the Chicago Battered Women’s Network and other coalitional efforts.

Connections for Abused Women and their Children, $10,000
Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) provides emergency response and comprehensive domestic violence services that enable survivors to increase their safety and establish independence. CAWC currently operates four programs at five locations throughout the city.

Family Rescue, $15,000
Family Rescue is dedicated to eliminating domestic violence in the Chicago community by providing comprehensive support services and shelter to survivors of domestic violence, engaging in advocacy to promote future systems change and encouraging prevention through community education.

Lake County Crisis Center (A Safe Place), $15,000
A Safe Place is the sole provider of services exclusively addressing domestic violence and human trafficking in Lake County, Illinois. A Safe Place offers comprehensive services that provide a safety net to meet the immediate and long-term needs of survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, counseling, advocacy, life skills training and community education. A Safe Place helps survivors and their families achieve self-sufficiency and prevent future violence.

Latinos Progresando, $20,000
Latinos Progresando (LP) delivers high-quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy and productive lives. LP runs the largest Latino-led immigration legal services program in Illinois, including an initiative serving immigrant victims of domestic violence. LP’s VAWA project provides high-quality, free legal support for immigrant survivors of domestic violence in order to help them achieve independent immigration status, obtain a work permit, pursue lawful employment and gain economic independence.

Life Span, $15,000
Life Span combines civil representation, criminal court advocacy, and counseling to provide a permanent solution to domestic and sexual violence. Its integrated service delivery uses an empowerment model to help clients create a plan for safety and a plan for services.

Sarah’s Inn, $15,000
Sarah’s Inn provides comprehensive domestic services to survivors and responds to the needs of families already affected by violence, while working proactively to prevent future violence. Sarah’s Inn approaches domestic violence as a societal issue that demands a holistic response and works to break the cycle of violence for future generations.

UCAN, $15,000
UCAN is an anchor organization for youth who have experienced trauma, working to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education and empowerment. The Phenomenal Woman female mentoring program brings together young women who have experienced trauma for group mentoring workshops in order to strengthen their self-esteem and self-image and to develop healthy and supportive relationships.

Youth Outlook, $10,000
Youth Outlook celebrates, empowers, advocates and provides services for LGBTQ+ youth and their families, friends and communities. The Healthy Relationships for LGBTQ+ Youth project facilitates discussion and education around healthy relationships, sexual harassment and assault, and the continuum of violence with a focus on the needs of LGBTQ+ youth.

YWCA of Evanston/North Shore, $15,000
YWCA of Evanston/North Shore is a multicultural women’s organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting justice and dignity for all. The Domestic Violence Services program allows survivors to access emergency intervention services, including a crisis hotline and emergency housing, as well as trauma-informed counseling and legal services.

Englewood Women’s Initiative
Accion Chicago, $23,500
Accion Chicago provides small business owners with the capital, coaching and connections they need to meet their goals. Accion works in areas with limited economic opportunity to ensure that entrepreneurs have access to the support they need to grow their businesses, generate income for their families and uplift their communities. Accion’s provides one-on-one coaching and Credit Builder Loans to help clients build or establish credit while growing their businesses.

All Chicago Making Homelessness History, $20,000
All Chicago Making Homelessness History provides financial assistance via its Emergency Fund to provide assistance with needs such as rent, security deposits and basic home items – as well as employment related necessities such as child care, transportation and professional attire.

Chicago Women in Trades, $20,000
Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT) provides career education and training to prepare women to enter fields such as welding and construction. All participants receive case management, job placement assistance and access to other services as needed.

Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP, $19,000
Demoiselle 2 Femme (D2F) provides holistic services, education, instruction and training to girls ages 13-19 on the far South Side of Chicago and south suburbs. D2F will host pop-up youth development workshops on the power of choice, decision making and establishing life/career goals, including presentations from EWI partners on their programs and services.

Family Rescue, $20,000
Through advocacy, social service provision and health care, Family Rescue works to break the cycle of domestic violence. Family Rescue provides screening services and assists women affected by domestic violence with basic needs such as transitional housing, food, clothing and financial assistance.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation, $15,000
Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) offers adult education and job training in three manufacturing tracks: Welding, Computer Numerical Control and Press Brake. JARC provides free technical manufacturing training and job placement services to women participating in the Englewood Women’s Initiative. All trainees receive industry-recognized credentials and ongoing job placement and coaching support.

Kennedy King College: Dawson Technical Institute (DTI), $12,000
The Dawson Technical Institute at Kennedy King College provides industry-validated training in the construction and utility trades. DTI educates students in both a classroom and a shop setting. Students are equipped with technical skills as well as basic job safety and ethics training. DTI students are encouraged to utilize Kennedy King College’s myriad support services.

Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing, $20,000
Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing (LCBH) protects the rights of women facing eviction through direct services, emergency funding and advocacy. LCBH will work with EWI participants and partner organizations through its Rentervention program, a new mobile, chat-box application that connects renters to information and advice relating to tenant-landlord issues. Rentervention supports self-advocacy and can connect renters with a pro-bono legal assistance. LCBH attorneys will provide a continuum of free legal services to EWI participants who are facing unjust evictions, unsafe housing conditions, and/or are living in a building that is in foreclosure.

Metropolitan Family Services, $24,500
Metropolitan Family Services and its Financial Opportunities Center based at Kennedy-King College will provide career services, including skills assessment, job readiness skills, job placement and transportation assistance; financial literacy, including one-to-one coaching, budgeting and assistance accessing public benefits; and education, with a particular emphasis on building employment bridges into healthcare and certified medical administrative assistant training.

Teamwork Englewood, $25,000
Teamwork Englewood (TWE) offers workplace development, job placement, and re-entry services. Utilizing its extensive experience in community organizing and its role as the lead agency of the Englewood Quality of Life Plan, it will continue to integrate EWI into the ongoing activities of the Quality of Life Plan Jobs and Economic Development task force. Teamwork Englewood will offer workforce development and job placement services to all women as well as reentry services to women with barriers to employment, housing and health services due to previous felony convictions.

Polk Bros. Foundation Fund for Emerging Organizations
Brave Space Alliance, $6,075
Brave Space Alliance (BSA) is a social justice collective run by and for transgender women and gender-nonconforming people of color. BSA strives to educate and empower each other through sharing skills, knowledge and resources to generate opportunities, and to support community members organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration and other intersecting oppressions.

Chicago Period Project, $2,000
Chicago Period Project (CPP) collects and distributes menstrual products to low-income Chicagoans. CPP believes menstruating people should be able to experience their period with dignity through reliable access to menstrual products. CPP educates Chicagoans on how menstruation stigma increases racial, ethnic and gender disparities in health.

Gyrls in the H.O.O.D. Foundation, $2,875
Gyrls in the H.O.O.D. aims to reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies among girls in under-resourced communities.  The eight-week “Degrees B4 Diapers” program provides comprehensive, age-appropriate and evidence-based sex education, as well as access to reproductive health care.

Sisters in Cinema, $2,050
Sisters in Cinema aims to entertain, educate, develop, and celebrate Black women media-makers. The Black Lesbian Writers’ Room creates media that explores the lives of Black queer women and supports the development of Black women writers based in Chicago.

Sisters Network Chicago Chapter, $2,000
Sisters Network Chicago Chapter (SNCC) champions the health and well-being of Black women throughout Chicago, particularly on the South Side and in south suburban Cook County. SNCC works to increase access to and utilization of high quality, culturally sensitive medical care through advocacy, education and support efforts. The Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) provides financial assistance to breast cancer survivors in active treatment including surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation.

GIVING COUNCILS AND GIVING CIRCLES OF CFW
North Shore Giving Circle
Community Organizing and Family Issues, $10,700
Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI) develops the leadership and organizing capacity of low-income parents of color, primarily mothers and grandmothers, in order to impact change on behalf of women, children and families at all levels of public life. “Strengthening Mother Leaders for Equity in Evanston” engages low-income mothers of color in campaigns that address the root causes of poverty to strengthen family economic security.

Center for Independent Futures, $10,000
The Center for Independent Futures (CIF) creates person-centered programs giving individuals with disabilities and families skills and opportunities to realize full lives. CIF designs and implements supports for women with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have experienced sexual and physical assault. This project will create organizational change focused on increasing disability-responsiveness and provide organizational training specific to the issues and needs of women with disabilities experiencing sexual violence.

Fenix Family Health Center, $10,000
Fenix Family Health Center serves low-income Latinx individuals through high-quality healthcare that deeply respects patients’ values and culture. Fenix approaches treatment with an understanding of the stresses that accompany immigration, including adjustment to a new language and culture, poverty and loss of extended family. Fenix offers intensive health education programs especially for Latina women.

North Suburban Legal Aid, $10,000
North Suburban Legal Aid offers pro bono legal services in the areas of domestic violence, immigration and housing. The Clinic has two attorneys who represent survivors of domestic violence in Orders of Protection, divorce, child custody and child support.

United Way of Lake County, $10,000
United Way of Lake County's (UWLC) mission is to unite leadership and resources to create lasting change that will improve lives in Lake County. Home Visiting delivers early intervention services to the homes of families with infants and preschool-age children who are struggling with poverty and who have limited access to health and community services.

Western Suburbs Giving Circle
360 Youth Services, $15,000
360 Youth Services takes a “360” comprehensive approach in identifying its clients’ challenges and marshaling appropriate resources to help youth reach their full potential. The 360 Transitional Living Program provides young women struggling with homelessness with safe accommodation, health care and strategies for a successful transition following the program’s end.

Teen Parent Connection, $10,000
Teen Parent Connection (TPC) offers teenage parents the necessary support, information and resources to improve the overall health of their family and move towards self-sufficiency. TPC’s evidence-based Pathways to Prevention programs address both components of its mission: providing support and resources to adolescent mothers and fathers, and preventing teen pregnancy through reproductive health education. Its direct support services promote the physical, mental, and emotional health and well-being of teenage parents and their children through the delivery of doula services, perinatal education, home visiting, parent groups and counseling services. TPC also delivers primary prevention education using a model that equips middle and high school students with the education they need to make informed decisions about their sexual health.

LBTQ Giving Council
Affinity Community Services, $4,100
Affinity Community Services is a social justice organization serving the Black LGBTQ community with a particular focus on Black women. The COIL program is a community-based intervention to engage peer groups in conversations about HIV education and prevention.

Sisters in Cinema, $4,100
Sisters in Cinema aims to entertain, educate, develop, and celebrate Black women media-makers. The Black Lesbian Writers’ Room creates media that explores the lives of Black queer lesbians and supports the development of Black women writers based in Chicago.

The National LGBTQ Workers Center, $2,500
The National LGBTQ Workers Center is an organization for LGBTQ workers to stand up to workplace discrimination and fight for economic justice. The National LGBTQ Workers Center facilitates multiple forums for LGBTQ workers in Chicago to come together, learn from one another and organize for a better tomorrow.

Women United Giving Council
A Long Walk Home (ALWH), $1,500
A Long Walk Home uses art to empower young people to end violence against women and girls. The Girl/Friends Leadership Institute is the only program in Chicago that empowers teen girls (12-18) of color to use art and youth leadership to create campaigns to end gender violence in their schools and communities.

Young Women’s Giving Council
Brave Space Alliance, $5,750
Brave Space Alliance (BSA) is a social justice collective run by and for transgender women and gender-nonconforming people of color. BSA strives to educate and empower each other through sharing skills, knowledge, and resources to generate opportunities and to support community members organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration and other intersecting oppressions.

Global Girls, $5,000
Global Girls provides arts education, rigorous theatre and dance training, and presentation opportunities to equip youth of color with capacities that nurture their individual growth and inspire them to use their talents for positive change in their communities. Four “Fearless Girls Momentum” conferences will use theatre games and practices to teach girls assertive communication skills, self-advocacy, peer support, science-based sexual health and nontraditional careers for women.

Gyrls in the H.O.O.D. Foundation (H.O.O.D.), $5,750
Gyrls in the H.O.O.D. aims to reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies among girls in under-resourced communities.  The eight-week “Degrees B4 Diapers” program provides comprehensive, age-appropriate and evidence-based sex education, as well as access to reproductive health care.

DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS
Evelyn Appell Lipkin Endowed Fund
Syrian Community Network, $1,500
Syrian Community Network (SCN) helps Syrian refugees adjust to their new homes and build bridges between newly arrived refugees and communities. SCN stabilizes and secures families through access to housing, social services, education, food security, psychosocial services and health care resources. As the voice of Syrian refugees, SCN advocacy efforts locally and nationally include championing refugee resettlement, dismantling barriers to resettlement, and stabilizing and procuring support for refugees. DAF funds support SCN as they rebuild their office after a fire in their building.

Fay Clayton Donor Advised Fund
Planned Parenthood of Illinois, $5,000
Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL) provides compassionate, comprehensive reproductive health care, education and advocacy.

Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU, $10,000
The ACLU of Illinois works to protect and extend freedom, liberty, and equality to all through integrated advocacy efforts that combine litigation, legislative and regulatory advocacy, public education and engagement. The Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project (WRRP) facilitate women’s full participation in society by safeguarding the right to medical privacy and bodily autonomy; removing the stigma that surrounds abortion, pregnancy, and lactation; and advancing policies that recognize the full range of reproductive health care—from contraception, to abortion, to childbirth—as health care.

Syrian Community Network, $500
Syrian Community Network (SCN) helps Syrian refugees adjust to their new homes and build bridges between newly arrived refugees and communities. SCN stabilizes and secures families through access to housing, social services, education, food security, psychosocial services and health care resources. As the voice of Syrian refugees, SCN advocacy efforts locally and nationally include championing refugee resettlement, dismantling barriers to resettlement, and stabilizing and procuring support for refugees. DAF funds support SCN as they rebuild their office after a fire in their building.

Nancy M. Goodman Donor Advised Fund
Syrian Community Network, $1,000
Syrian Community Network (SCN) helps Syrian refugees adjust to their new homes and build bridges between newly arrived refugees and communities. SCN stabilizes and secures families through access to housing, social services, education, food security, psychosocial services and health care resources. As the voice of Syrian refugees, SCN advocacy efforts locally and nationally include championing refugee resettlement, dismantling barriers to resettlement, and stabilizing and procuring support for refugees. DAF funds support SCN as they rebuild their office after a fire in their building.

The Patricia R. McMillen Fund
Life Span, $5,000
Life Span combines civil representation, criminal court advocacy, and counseling to provide a permanent solution to domestic and sexual violence. Its integrated service delivery uses an empowerment model to help clients create a plan for safety and a plan for services.

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Fiscal Year 2018

ALPHAWOOD FOUNDATION FUND AT CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN
Alphawood Fund at Chicago Foundation for Women supports organizations that work on gender-based violence in the region.

APNA GHAR, INC. (OUR HOME), $30,000
Apna Ghar provides comprehensive, culturally appropriate services to immigrant and non-immigrant survivors of gender violence across immigrant communities in the Chicago metropolitan area. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, safe home/ emergency shelter, transitional apartments, case management, individual and group counseling services for adults and children, legal advocacy including a volunteer, attorney-run family law legal clinic, supervised visitation and safe exchange services. In addition, Apna Ghar conducts outreach, community education and training. It also engages in systems change and policy-level advocacy to help improve conditions for survivors.

ARAB AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES, $15,000
Arab American Family Services (AAFS) has become the central nonprofit social service agency serving Arab Americans in more than 30 communities in the south suburban Chicagoland area. The AAFS Domestic Violence Intervention & Prevention Program assists survivors as they seek safety, rebuild their lives and move toward a non-violent future. AAFS offers comprehensive violence prevention, quality crisis intervention, case management, court advocacy and a culturally competent job readiness program tailored to the needs of DV survivors, as well as training and education for local police departments working with Arab and Muslim communities.

BETWEEN FRIENDS, $40,000
Between Friends is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse. It serves thousands of adults and youth through crisis intervention services and prevention and education programs every year. Ultimately, Between Friends envisions a world without domestic violence where all relationships are equitable, safe and just. To address the impact of domestic violence on children and adults and to prevent further violence in families and communities, Between Friends offers trauma-informed counseling and advocacy services to individuals and families, as well as prevention and education programming for youth and adults.

THE CARING PLACE, INC., $20,000
The Caring Place, Inc. (TCP) provides services & shelter for victims of violence and their children. Through education & awareness, it empowers all members of the greater Northwest Indiana community to live in peace.

CENTER FOR ADVANCING DOMESTIC PEACE , $10,000
The Center for Advancing Domestic Peace works to stop domestic violence where it starts by helping those who abuse take responsibility for their behavior, create healthier relationships and strengthen their community. Beliefs & Skills for Domestic Peace is a 24-week strengths-based, trauma-informed partner abuse intervention program that serves an average of 400 clients annually.

CHICAGO METROPOLITAN BATTERED WOMEN’S NETWORK, $25,000
The Network advocates for domestic violence survivors’ rights, supports a comprehensive system of services, and works to reduce and ultimately end the violence.

CHICAGO WORKERS’ COLLABORATIVE, $10,000
Chicago Workers’ Collaborative (CWC) organizes low-wage temporary workers to protect their rights, promoting full employment and equality for temporary staffing workers, and fighting sexual violence using community accountability, leadership development, skills training, policy advocacy and direct action. CWC seeks to reinvigorate the gender violence movement while sharpening the gender analysis of the labor rights sector by addressing the continuum of interpersonal, institutional and state violence against women, especially women of color.

CONNECTIONS FOR ABUSED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN, $25,000
For 41 years, Connections for Abused Women and their Children (CAWC) has been dedicated to ending domestic violence and delivering comprehensive domestic violence services to both adult and child victims. CAWC’s goal is to assist victims of abuse with regaining control of their lives through direct services, using a self-help, empowerment approach. CAWC provides counseling, advocacy, a 24-hour hotline for people affected by domestic violence, and a shelter for survivors and their children. CAWC works for social change through education, service collaboration, and institutional advocacy.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL CLINIC, $30,000
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) works to increase the safety of victims with skilled, compassionate legal representation and emergency legal services related to Orders of Protection. The Extended Services Division offers legal representation in family law, immigration and economic justice matters linked to the long-term safety of survivors and their children. In addition to legal representation, Client Support Coordinators in both offices help with safety planning, emotional support and connections to the resources necessary for safety and independence.

FAMILY RESCUE, $30,000
Family Rescue is devoted exclusively to domestic violence services and helps to anchor those services on the South Side of Chicago with emergency shelter, counseling, community outreach and education, supportive housing for survivors and legal advocacy. Family Rescue is the only domestic violence agency on the South Side of Chicago. Family Rescue also works to address the economics of survivors, and is part of the Englewood Women’s Initiative, powered by Chicago Foundation for Women.

FAMILY SHELTER SERVICE, $40,000
In 1976, a group of community-minded women in DuPage County began working together to address the needs of local homeless families. Their efforts revealed domestic violence to be one of the root causes of homelessness among women and their children, and Family Shelter Service (FSS) was established. As DuPage County’s only comprehensive domestic violence agency, FSS serves about 2,000 clients every year. Its services include 24-hour hotline, 41-bed safe emergency shelter, counseling for adults and children, case management, court/victim advocacy, community outreach, prevention education and training.

HAVEN HOUSE, $25,000
Haven House is a 24 hour emergency shelter for domestic violence victims and their dependents. It serves Hammond and the surrounding communities of East Chicago, Whiting, Munster, Griffith and Highland. Haven House was established to provide temporary safe housing, the essentials of everyday living and support services to adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

KAN-WIN, $35,000
KAN-WIN’s mission is to eradicate all forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual assault, by empowering Asian American survivors and engaging the community through culturally competent services, community education and advocacy. KAN-WIN supports immigrant battered women through their journey toward abuse-free lives by helping to tackle the complex and unique barriers arising from their cultural, traditional and linguistic backgrounds through culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate holistic, wrap-around services. KANWIN offers a 24-hour bilingual crisis hotline, legal and housing advocacy, individual counseling and support groups and a children’s program.

LAKE COUNTY CRISIS CENTER (A SAFE PLACE), $25,000
A Safe Place is the sole provider exclusively addressing domestic violence in Lake County, IL. A Safe Place’s continuum of care assists survivors in transforming their lives after domestic violence and prevents future abuse by addressing its root causes. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent supportive housing, assistance with orders of protection, therapy, safe custody exchanges, supervised visitations, advocacy, education and more for survivors and their children, and intervention services for those who have done harm. Programs for survivors and their children are evidenced-based, client-centered and reflect a trauma-informed approach.

LIFE SPAN, $50,000
Life Span combines and coordinates legal and social services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence to provide clients with the best chance of gaining long-term safety for themselves and their children. Life Span attorneys represent survivors in a full range of family law matters, including civil orders of protection, divorce, custody, visitation, child support and appellate work, with expertise in providing legal services to survivors of DV in complex cases.

MUJERES LATINAS EN ACCIÓN, $25,000
Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres) empowers Latinas by providing services that reflect their values and culture and by being an advocate on the issues that make a difference in their lives. Mujeres focuses on gender violence prevention and community engagement with programs addressing domestic violence and sexual assault education/intervention, positive parent support, leadership development, economic self-sufficiency and academic success. Mujeres specializes in serving specifically Latinas and their families across all programs.

SOUTH SUBURBAN FAMILY SHELTER, $30,000
South Suburban Family Shelter (SSFS) offers counseling for survivors of domestic violence, a volunteer 24-hour hotline, emergency shelter, court and medical advocacy, rent and utility assistance, transitional housing, school-based prevention programming and abuser intervention groups.

YWCA OF EVANSTON/NORTH SHORE, $20,000
YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all. Mary Lou’s Place, the residential shelter at the heart of YWCA E/NS’ domestic violence services, provides emergency intervention services, including a 24/7 crisis line and a safe haven for more than 240 survivors annually. The Legal Advocacy Program helps survivors understand and navigate the complex maze of criminal justice remedies to the violence in the lives. The Building Healthy Relationships curriculum works with young people and educates school administrators, teachers and parents about how to recognize abuse, respond appropriately and work to prevent it from continuing.

CATALYST FUND: RESOURCES FOR WOMEN OF COLOR IN REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE

ARISE CHICAGO, $20,000
Arise educates, organizes and develops the leadership of low-wage, primarily immigrant, majority female workers, and organizes a broad range of faith leaders to support workplace and policy campaigns. Arise works to improve working conditions and lives of Chicagoland low-wage immigrant women workers through training, leadership development, workplace improvement, and policy enforcement.

CABRINI GREEN LEGAL AID (CGLA), $43,000
Cabrini Green Legal Aid helps people who are working to stabilize their lives – by removing or preventing obstacles to economic opportunity, preventing homelessness, and supporting families impacted by arrest and incarceration. The Reunite Moms and Kids Campaign is one that CGLA has embraced and lifted up since the merger with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), to ensure the criminal justice system did not break the bonds of incarcerated mothers and their children.

CHICAGO FREEDOM SCHOOL (CFS), $30,000
CFS provides training and educational opportunities for youth and allied adults to develop leadership skills through the lens of civic action and through the study of social movement history. Project HealUs aims to activate and prepare young people of color ages 14-20 from marginalized communities to explore, engage, and expand the work of the reproductive justice movement within their communities through education, leadership development, and youth-led community action and organizing.

EVERTHRIVE ILLINOIS, $40,000
EverThrive Illinois works to improve the health of women, children and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, and advocacy. Through the South and West Side Community Empowerment Project, EverThrive IL increases awareness of women’s health issues, with an emphasis on reproductive justice, through advocacy, outreach, and education.

ILLINOIS CAUCUS FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH (ICAH), $43,000
ICAH is a network of empowered youth and allied adults who transform public consciousness and increase the capacity of family, school, and healthcare systems to support the sexual health, rights, and identities of youth.

METROPOLITAN CHICAGO BREAST CANCER TASK FORCE, $46,500
The mission of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force is to save women’s lives by eliminating health disparities in Illinois, through the lens of breast cancer. It addresses women’s health holistically with the goal of eliminating inequities in prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship for all women.

NATIONAL ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN WOMEN’S FORUM (NAPAWF), $20,000
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum organizes Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities to shift culture and policy so that AAPI women and girls are fully respected and empowered in their communities & societal structures to have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions about their bodies, sexuality, and reproduction.

WAREHOUSE WORKERS FOR JUSTICE (WWJ), $20,000
Warehouse Workers for Justice works to shape policies that improve the lives of low-income people, engage and activate communities to support workers taking action to resolve systemic inequities and promote economic justice and racial and gender equality. WWJ’s Women’s Committee works to ensure access to family supporting jobs for women in the warehouse industry through education and training, research, policy advocacy and strategic litigation.

ELEANOR NETWORK AT CHICAGO FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN

ADVOCACY
COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND FAMILY ISSUES (COFI), $25,000
COFI develops policy change agents through its unique women-centered leadership approach. The Public Policy Leadership and Advocacy Project develops the policy leadership skills of hundreds of low-income women of color and engages them in campaigns that address the root causes of family poverty and help to strengthen family economic security in this and the next generation.

FUND FOR JUSTICE DBA CHICAGO APPLESEED FUND FOR JUSTICE, $15,000
Chicago Appleseed is a nonpartisan, independent research and advocacy organization building trustworthy and unique connections between community advocates and the justice system. Chicago Appleseed improves lives by advocating for courts that are fair, efficient and effective. Chicago Appleseed will create a series of community-based workshops to help unrepresented parents understand the workings of the Cook County Domestic Relations Courts. HEALING TO ACTION $15,000 Healing to Action builds power among low-wage workers so they can organize against gender-based violence, and achieve economic and social equality.

JANE ADDAMS SENIOR CAUCUS, $25,000
Jane Addams Senior Caucus is a multiracial, grassroots organization led by seniors in Chicago. Starting with Women’s Lives will develop the power and capacity of low-income older women, especially low-income older women of color, to have significant impact in addressing the gender disparity in retirement security. JASC will work to protect Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and SNAP benefits for seniors in Illinois.

LATINO UNION OF CHICAGO, $20,000
Latino Union collaborates with low-wage immigrant and U.S.-born workers to develop the tools to improve social and economic conditions. The organization wins improvements in working conditions, develops leadership and builds a larger movement for immigrants and workers’ rights. The Chicago Coalition of Household Workers is a transformative organizing and leadership development program for domestic workers who are building power to create just conditions in the workplace, home, and community.

LOGAN SQUARE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION (LSNA), $10,000
The Parent Mentor (PM) program is a national model for grassroots leadership among mothers of color in community schools. The program’s main goal is to empower mothers of color to become more involved in their children’s schools, while building confidence, skills, and networks to increase their own personal development and secure lives of dignity and independence.

SARGENT SHRIVER NATIONAL CENTER ON POVERTY LAW, $30,000
The Shriver Center provides national leadership in advancing laws and policies that secure justice to improve the lives and opportunities of people living in poverty. The Women’s Law and Policy Project (WLPP) creates and promotes legal and policy solutions to improve the lives of low-income women and girls.

WOMEN EMPLOYED, $25,000
Women Employed’s mission is to improve the economic status of women and remove barriers to economic equity. Its vision is that all women are treated fairly in the workplace, are able to attain the skills they need for the jobs they want, and are respected for the work they do.

YOUNG INVINCIBLES, $15,000
The mission of Young Invincibles is to amplify the voices of underrepresented young adults and expand their economic opportunity by conducting research, policy analysis, and advocacy. Young Invincibles has led a campaign to build youth-friendly and diverse apprenticeships in Illinois. Young Invincibles will identify barriers and solutions for Illinois in building pre-apprenticeship and youth apprenticeship programs that transition young women into registered apprenticeship programs and other workforce pathways.

DIRECT SERVICE
ACCION CHICAGO, $15,000
Accion Chicago provides micro loans and business support to underserved communities, focusing on women and people of color who often cannot access capital from banks. Accion created the Female Entrepreneurship Program to connect women, primarily minority and low-income, entrepreneurs, with the services they need to grow their businesses, support their families, and create jobs in their communities.

CHICAGO HOUSE AND SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCY, $20,000
TransWorks offers career counseling, support, mentorship, and job readiness workshops designed to address the specific barriers faced by transgender and gender nonconforming people in the workplace, as part of the integrated TransLife Center model.

CHICAGO YOUTH CENTERS (CYC), $15,000
CYC empowers children and families living in the city’s most divested communities to succeed in the 21st century through out-of-school and early childhood programs. Girls Excelling in STEM aims to increase interest in STEM and related careers for girls in elementary and middle school through hands-on, project-based learning.

DEBORAH’S PLACE, $20,000
Deborah’s Place opens doors for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Teresa’s Interim Housing Program is a 120-day residential program that each year serves approximately 35 women experiencing homelessness. The program provides safe, short-term housing that addresses the immediate needs of women who are homeless and targeted interventions that help them transition into permanent housing and achieve long-term housing stability.

GIRLFORWARD, $15,000
GirlForward is the first and only organization dedicated to creating and expanding opportunity for refugee girls who have resettled in the United States. GirlForward provides adolescent refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, creating a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent.

LOVE, UNITY & VALUES (LUV) INSTITUTE, $15,000
The LUV Institute supports young people, ages 11-24, who face challenges with college- and career-readiness. The Center of Excellence for Women with Promise at LUV Institute is designed to disrupt violence and other negative social behaviors while delivering intensive employment training to at-risk and economically challenged young women, ages 16-24.

NEW MOMS, INC., $15,000
New Moms is a two-generation model, equipping homeless and high-risk adolescent mothers with critical job-readiness training and transitional jobs at New Mom’s social enterprise, helping young moms to break the cycle of poverty, creating strong families & communities for generations to come. The program is a 16-week integrated training and work experience model, blending classroom training with paid job experience.

THE NIGHT MINISTRY, $15,000
The Response-Ability Pregnant and Parenting Program consists of an eight-bed, eight-crib emergency shelter that houses approximately 65 young women and young children each year and provides comprehensive support to young women in connecting with safe, long term housing, improving the health of their babies and themselves, reducing their rate of subsequent unplanned pregnancy, and assisting them in connecting with educational and employment opportunities.

NORTHWEST SIDE HOUSING CENTER (NWSHC), $15,000
The mission of the Northwest Side Housing Center is to engage, educate and empower the community on Chicago’s northwest side. Women Forward Chicago engages low and moderate income Latinas (all mothers, grandmothers or guardians) in a program designed to build the financial and life skills necessary for economic security.

ST. LEONARD’S MINISTRIES, $15,000
St. Leonard’s Ministries provides formerly incarcerated women and men with the tools to build lives of self-sufficiency. St. Leonard’s Ministries’ Grace House provides holistic supportive services to formerly incarcerated women, including job readiness training and continued education.

TARGET HOPE, $15,000
Target HOPE enhances educational opportunities for minority students attending public high schools in the Chicago region in order to increase college-readiness. The Target HOPE STEM initiative creates specific materials and trainings for young women and girls to increase the number of female scholars who have an interest in or a demonstrated aptitude for mathematics and science for post-secondary opportunities, scholarships and careers in STEM fields.

TRITON COLLEGE FOUNDATION, $15,000
From GADgETs to SURGE is a Triton College initiative designed to build the pipeline from middle school through to high school and career for young women interested in a STEM program of study. The Sisterhood of Undergraduates Representing Greatness and Excellence (SURGE) program is a recruitment, retention and completion program aimed at identifying young women with the skills and potential to succeed in a STEM career.

YWCA OF METROPOLITAN CHICAGO, $15,000
YWCA’s Economic Sustainability Services offer women help planning for a career, career advancement, small business development, financial sustainability and asset acquisition. The YWCA provides individualized coaching, a comprehensive financial management curriculum, training & support to launch small businesses, and robust technology training.

TRAINING
CARA, $30,000
Cara supports attainment of quality, permanent work for women affected by poverty and homelessness. The Eleanor Career Advancement Program helps to prepare employed Cara women for the next step in their professional journeys, whether that be additional training, enrolling in formal educational programs, or finding a more suitable job through which they can advance their pay.

CHICAGO WOMEN IN TRADES (CWIT), $65,000
Chicago Women in Trades exists to improve women’s economic equity by increasing their participation in skilled, blue-collar occupations traditionally held by men. CWIT advocates for policies and practices that promote equitable access and working conditions for women entering construction and other nontraditional employment. Technical Opportunities Program (TOP) is a comprehensive career education and development program that addresses the barriers limiting women’s participation in construction and other careers that are nontraditional for women.

GROW YOUR OWN ILLINOIS (GYO), $35,000
The mission of Grow Your Own Teachers is to support community members to become certified teachers in their neighborhood schools in order to improve the educational outcomes for students. GYO creates a career pathway for individuals who have a passion for teaching, but don’t have the means or opportunity to realize that passion. GYO is helping to move low income women out of poverty and into a stable profession that also allows them to give back to their community.

JANE ADDAMS RESOURCE CORPORATION (JARC), $75,000
JARC’s Women in Manufacturing Program prepares low-income women for living wage careers in the metal manufacturing sector. WMP targets strategic skills gaps, including Welding, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and Press Brake; JARC focuses on these subsectors because they are a source of living wage jobs and authentic career paths.

KINZIE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (KIDC), $70,000
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training program at KIDC offers a tuition-free training course for women heads of households which prepares students for an EMT-Basic certification. Upon graduation, all students will be registered for the licensing exam with the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). Once students have received their EMT-basic license, they will be eligible to work as EMTs with starting salaries of $28,000 or more.

UPWARDLY GLOBAL, $40,000
Upwardly Global works to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees and to integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce. Upwardly Global’s Women’s Program provides women job seekers with a systemic and gender-sensitive support system to find jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.

STABILIZATION
ALL CHICAGO MAKING HOMELESSNESS HISTORY, $50,000
All Chicago Making Homelessness History effectively combines immediate resources with long term strategies to address the complex issue of homelessness. The Emergency Fund program provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing an emergency that could lead to homelessness. The Emergency Fund continues to meet the stabilization needs of CFW’s Training grantee participants.

HEARTLAND HUMAN CARE SERVICES, $50,000
Heartland Human Care Services provides customized financial education workshop and individual coaching to participants of CFW’s training grantees through the Imagine, Dedicate, Earn, Achieve (IDEA) program. IDEA is designed to help lowwage, female working heads-of-household improve financial stability through credit building, better money management, access to affordable banking, decreased reliance on predatory products, and increased earning potential.

RESEARCH ASSET FUNDERS NETWORK (AFN), $15,000
Asset Funders Network is a network of national, regional, and locally based grantmakers interested in leveraging philanthropy to promote financial opportunity and security for low- and middle-income individuals and families. This funding will support research examining existing challenges older women face in building assets and lift up proven wealth building policy and programmatic strategies for women.

ENGLEWOOD WOMEN’S INITIATIVE

ACCION CHICAGO, $21,000
Accion will provide business support and capital to women entrepreneurs in Englewood, including one-on-one counseling on cash flow, financial management and general business planning. Another key service offered will be credit coaching and credit builder loans to help clients improve or establish credit while growing their business.

CHICAGO WOMEN IN TRADES, $21,000
Chicago Women in Trades will increase the number of women from the Englewood neighborhood participating in its job training programs and entering employment in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

DEMOISELLE 2 FEMME, $21,000
Demoiselle 2 Femme is committed to advancing educational and economic equity among young women ages 18-24 in the Englewood community. It will provide direct services to the target population through implementation of its T3 program. T3 will provide gender-responsive services that provide a pathway for young women to pursue postsecondary education, start a business, develop a trade or successfully enter the workforce.

FAMILY RESCUE, $21,000
Family Rescue will collaborate with job development/vocational training agencies in the EWI to develop a service delivery model that merges client training and services provision. Family Rescue will refer women to participate in the Englewood Women’s Initiative and serve EWI participants who are victims of domestic violence.

JANE ADDAMS RESOURCE CORPORATION, $21,000
JARC will train up to 50 women from the Englewood neighborhood referred by external partners to JARC for job training in manufacturing. JARC will also bring to the table a wealth of knowledge about the workforce system and how the system can be best navigated to serve clients.

METROPOLITAN FAMILY SERVICES, $21,000
Metropolitan Family Services (MFS) will provide on-site financial empowerment programs and legal aid at its Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) located at Kennedy King College. By offering financial and legal aid services under one roof, MFS will help EWI clients overcome barriers to economic security.

TEAMWORK ENGLEWOOD, $21,000
Teamwork Englewood (TWE) will be a coordinating entity for the Englewood Women’s Initiative. In this role, TWE will convene partnering organizations on a regular basis to develop work plans, check on the progress of the initiative, coordinate activities, and discuss ongoing strategies. In addition, TWE can offer placement services and job readiness workshops for clients of this project.

WOMEN’S BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER, $21,000
The Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) will provide workshops and individual counseling to entrepreneurial women interested in starting their own business. WBDC workshops will assist participants in developing a business plan and attaining the appropriate licensing.

THE GENERAL FUND

GRANTEES AFFINITY COMMUNITY SERVICES, $5,000
Founded to bring visibility and voice to Black people in LGBTQ communities and LGBTQ people in Black communities, Affinity is one of few organizations created and run by Black LGBTQ women. The COIL program teaches a diverse group of peer leaders about HIV prevention education and communication strategies to share this information so that the information is coming to the community, by the community. The COIL program will provide education to Black women on Chicago’s South and West sides that typically do not have access to health centers, outreach workers and physicians that discuss HIV education with them even though they are much more likely to be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime.

APNA GHAR, $20,000

ARAB AMERICAN FAMILY SERVICES, $15,000

BETWEEN FRIENDS, $20,000

BUILD, INC., $15,000
BUILD is nationally recognized as a leader in gang intervention, violence prevention and youth development, impacting over 3,000 youth and families in Austin, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Hermosa and Fuller Park. BUILD’s Girls 2 Women (G2W) program gives girls and young women support to address trauma, prevent participation in crime/ violence, and develop self-esteem, self-efficacy and social-emotional health. G2W will serve four cohorts of 15 girls in intensive 12-week sessions.

CENTER FOR ADVANCING DOMESTIC PEACE, $10,000

CHICAGO WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTER, $25,000
Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC) was founded as a feminist health center to help make culturally competent, compassionate health care a reality for underserved populations. CWHC’s mission is to facilitate the empowerment of women and trans people offering empowering, collaborative health care and education regardless of ability to pay. CWHC offers primary care in addition to gynecological care, trans health care, counseling, alternative insemination, acupuncture, massage and comprehensive sexual health education classes to youth in Chicago schools.

CHICAGO WORKERS’ COLLABORATIVE, $10,000

CONNECTIONS FOR ABUSED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN, $10,000

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL CLINIC, $15,000

THE FAMILY DEFENSE CENTER, $20,000
The Family Defense Center envisions an Illinois child welfare system where families are respected, protected and supported, and works to reform the child welfare system through legislative advocacy, rulemaking and class action and civil rights lawsuit. The Center provides legal assistance to low-income families who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn to defend their family stability. It advocates with child protection investigators and caseworkers, files and litigates administrative appeals, briefs and argues administrative review actions, and provides representation in appellate court cases in all levels of the court system.

FAMILY RESCUE, $15,000

HANA CENTER, $15,000
Hana Center’s mission is to empower Korean American and immigrant communities through social services, education, culture, community organizing and advocacy to advance human rights. Hana Center is working to empower and mobilize survivors of gender-based violence with the tools, resources and peer support to live healthy, independent and productive lives, and advocating for legislative solutions that address needs of immigrant women and survivors of gender-based violence. Hana Center is also building a strong cohort of parents and youth equipped with the tools and education to combat oppression and inequality inherent in traditional gender expectations, intentionally engaging boys and young men as allies and leaders in advancing healthier, more just gender dynamics and relationships.

KAN-WIN, $25,000

LATINOS PROGRESANDO, $20,000
Latinos Progresando (LP) delivers high-quality information and resources for people to build secure, healthy and productive lives. LP has built the largest Latino-led family based immigration legal services clinic in Illinois, including an initiative focused specifically on immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The Violence Against Women Act Project focuses on undocumented immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and provides high quality, free legal support for immigrant victims to petition for adjusted immigration status. Latinos Progresando’s site is used statewide as a model for other legal service providers.

LIFE SPAN, $15,000

MIDWEST ACCESS PROJECT, $20,000
The Midwest Access Project (MAP) envisions a society in which people have access to patient-centered, quality reproductive health care within their community. MAP’s mission is to improve access to reproductive health care by training providers in comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, including contraception, pregnancy options counseling, miscarriage and abortion. As a Midwestern hub for training and advocacy, MAP fills gaps in medical education and clinical training, reducing barriers to care. MAP provides health care professionals with individually tailored training rotations, lectures and workshops to increase knowledge of comprehensive reproductive health care.

MIKVA CHALLENGE, $19,000
The mission at Mikva Challenge (Mikva) is to develop youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens of their communities. The Young Women’s Empowerment Initiative is a new, innovative forum exclusively geared towards building the skills and leadership of young women. The primary goal of the Initiative is to develop the capacity of and create a community of support for young women leaders in Chicago. Participants will develop leadership skills, increase confidence and agency and be empowered to pursue leadership opportunities.

MUJERES LATINAS EN ACCIÓN, $15,000

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF ILLINOIS, $15,000
Planned Parenthood of Illinois’ (PPIL) mission is to be the leader in providing and promoting compassionate, comprehensive reproductive health care, education and rights. The Teen Birth Control Access Campaign is a multi-faceted, youth-informed outreach and service delivery campaign to reduce unintended teen pregnancy in Chicago and Illinois through community outreach; ensuring that every teen has the opportunity to choose the contraceptive method of her choice and that cost will not be a barrier to access; and pursuing a proactive policy agenda that protects the ability of minors to access confidential, affordable birth control.

PUBLIC NARRATIVE, $10,000
Leadership training on communications, public relations and media pitching.

RAPE VICTIM ADVOCATES (RESILIENCE), $25,000
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) provides crisis intervention, medical and legal advocacy, and trauma therapy services to survivors of sexual assault throughout Chicago. RVA’s services are available in English and Spanish and are free of charge for survivors and their loved ones. RVA also works to prevent sexual violence through education and training programs and through its public policy agenda.

REFUGEEONE, $15,000
RefugeeOne creates opportunity for refugees fleeing war, terror, and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity and self-reliance. RefugeeOne assists new arrivals with securing housing, learning English and searching for a job, with the goal of achieving self-reliance in as few as 6 to 9 months. The Women’s Health Project provides holistic physical, mental and social health services to women and children addressing the unique trauma and health issues refugee women and girls experience.

ROGER BALDWIN FOUNDATION OF THE ACLU, $25,000
The ACLU of Illinois works to protect and extend freedom, liberty and equality to all in Illinois. The Women’s and Reproductive Rights Project (WRRP) is the premier legal advocate for the right to reproductive freedom, medical privacy and women’s equality in Illinois. It advocates for policies that ensure access to comprehensive reproductive health care for all who seek it and that foster women’s full participation in the professional, academic and public arenas. Efforts include advancing litigation and public education that addresses pregnancy related discrimination in the workplace fight, protecting housing rights of domestic violence survivors and expanding access to reproductive health care.

SARAH’S INN, $15,000
Sarah’s Inn provides comprehensive domestic violence services in the City of Chicago and 22 west Cook County communities and is committed to programming that responds appropriately to the needs of those families already impacted by violence, as well as working proactively to prevent violence for future generations. Sarah’s Inn’s community-based model of services is a best practice, allowing clients to access multiple supports in one integrated location. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, emergency transportation and housing assistance, individual and group counseling and advocacy, financial literacy and parenting skills building, legal advocacy, individual and group counseling.

SOUTH SUBURBAN FAMILY SHELTER, $15,000

YWCA OF EVANSTON/NORTH SHORE, $15,000

GIVING TUESDAY
CHINESE MUTUAL AID ASSOCIATION, $20,000
Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is a community-based social services agency. Its mission is to serve the needs, promote the interests, and enhance the well-being of Chinese and other immigrants and refugees in the Chicagoland area. Chinese Mutual Aid Association will support a full year of mentorship programming for 20 young women from immigrant communities through the Young Women Warriors Project.

SYRIAN COMMUNITY NETWORK, $5,000
Syrian Community Network works to serve, connect and empower its clients by stabilizing and securing families, providing housing, social services, education, basic human needs and food security, as well as domestic violence services for resettled Syrian refugee families. As a voice for Syrian refugees, its advocacy efforts locally and nationally include championing refugee resettlement, dismantling barriers to resettlement, and to stabilize and procure support for refugees.

WEST SUBURBAN ACTION PROJECT, $5,000
West Suburban Action Project (Proyecto de Acción de los Suburbios del Oeste - PASO) builds strong communities through intersectional organizing, leadership development, education and civic engagement so people can live and thrive, regardless of race, immigration status, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic level. PASO was founded on the core belief that ordinary people have the power to make extraordinary change when acting collectively with others. PASO serves West Cook County suburbs and some of DuPage County.

IRENE BAYRACH ANTI-VIOLENCE LEGACY FUND
LAKE COUNTY CRISIS CENTER (A SAFE PLACE), $15,000

YOUTH OUTLOOK, $10,000
Youth Outlook celebrates, empowers, advocates for and provides services to meet the ever-evolving needs of LGBTQ+ youth and their families, friends and communities. Youth Outlook’s “Y Link” program addresses partner violence among LGBTQ+ youth, giving youth the tools they need to recognize an unhealthy relationship, and training domestic violence counselors and other social service providers on the specific challenges facing LGBTQ+ youth.

SOPHIA FUND FOR ADVOCACY
CHICAGO ALLIANCE AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, $20,000

The mission of Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) is to address the culture, institutions and individuals that perpetrate, profit from or support sexual exploitation, specifically focusing on sexual assault and sex trafficking. The End Demand Illinois (EDI) campaign is focused on statewide responses to prostitution and sex trafficking, including increased access to specialized services for survivors and city and county-level efforts to improve policies and practices related to sexual assault.

CHICAGO COMMUNITY BOND FUND, $15,000
The Chicago Community Bond Fund operates a revolving fund that pays bond for people charged with crimes in Cook County, engages in education about the role of bond in the criminal justice system and ultimately advocates for the abolition of money bond. CCBF prioritizes posting bond for the most vulnerable and likely to experience harm from incarceration, particularly women raising children. Grants funds will support the Campaign to End Money Bond and other forms of pretrial punishment.

HEART WOMEN & GIRLS, $20,000
HEART Women & Girls promotes sexual health and sexual violence awareness through health education, advocacy, research and training, with a focus on Chicagoland’s Muslim community. HEART offers accurate, culturally sensitive sexual health and sexual violence information through in-person workshops and a virtual resource center. HEART also offers trainings to build the capacity of leaders, professionals and organizations so they can better serve the sexual health needs of Muslim communities.

HEARTLAND ALLIANCE’S NATIONAL IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CENTER, $25,000 Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) advances due process and human rights protections for asylum seekers, children, detained immigrants, sexual and gender minorities, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking and families by leveraging its network of approximately 1,500 pro bono attorneys and local and national partnerships. NIJC’s Gender Justice Initiative promotes due process and human rights protections for female and LGBT immigrants and refugees. NIJC advances longterm reform through administrative and legislative advocacy and impact litigation.

SMART POLICY WORKS, $20,000
Smart Policy Works’ (SPW) mission to eliminate the social, economic and structural barriers to health care. The Women’s Justice Initiative (WJI) collaborates with a wide range of stakeholders to promote “de-carceration” of women and girls through implementation of gender responsive, trauma-informed and family-centered policies and programs designed to address their unique risks, strengths and needs throughout the justice continuum. The WJI’s ultimate goal is to build a national model correctional system for justice-involved women/girls in Illinois that sustainably emphasizes dignity, humanity and “de-carceration” over incarceration, while empowering community stakeholders and the voices of impacted women in the process.

UCAN, $15,000
UCAN is an anchor organization for youth who have experienced trauma. Its mission is to build strong youth and families through compassionate healing, education, and empowerment. The Phenomenal Woman female mentoring program provides a safe space for participants to discuss challenges and issues facing young women and navigate the effects of community violence.

POLK BROS. FOUNDATION FUND FOR EMERGING ORGANIZATIONS
BRAVE SPACE ALLIANCE, $3,750
Brave Space Alliance (BSA) is a Chicago-based social justice and liberation collective run by and for transgender women and gender-nonconforming (GNC) people of color. BSA strives to educate and empower members through sharing skills, knowledge and resources to generate opportunities for itself, its families, and its comrades to engage in healing and community building. BSA’s focus includes economic and racial justice, food security, gender and reproductive justice and advocacy.

CHICAGO PERIOD PROJECT, $750
Chicago Period Project works in partnership with other organizations and businesses to help every menstruating person in Chicago experience their periods with dignity. Chicago Period Project members pass out period kits on the street and at soup kitchens and donate menstrual supplies to various shelters throughout Chicago.

CHICAGO VOLUNTEER DOULAS, $2,750
Chicago Volunteer Doulas (CVD) is a grassroots network of birth workers and allies who recognize that disparities in birth outcomes exist for parents from vulnerable demographic and social groups. CVD provides comprehensive doula support with a focus on vulnerable communities in the Chicagoland area. CVD is the only non-profit organization in the Chicago area providing this kind of support to pregnant people of all childbearing ages.

ILLINOIS BIRTH JUSTICE, $2,750
Illinois Birth Justice (IBJ) is dedicated to supporting justice-involved pregnant women and new mothers before, during and after birth to help them build positive futures for themselves and their families. IBJ’s long-term vision is that justice-involved pregnant women and new mothers in Illinois and across the nation be able to exercise their healthcare rights and help their communities thrive.

LADIES OF VIRTUE (LOV), $1,750
Ladies of Virtue’s mission is to instill purpose, passion, and perseverance in girls, ages 9 to 18, while preparing them for college, careers and to become change agents in their communities.

THE VIOLA PROJECT, $5,000
Using the works of William Shakespeare, The Viola Project (TVP) combines theatre with social justice themes pertaining to women and girls to empower girls from diverse backgrounds. In its camps, workshops and after-school programs, students use history and literature to explore issues that affect women and girls today, including financial literacy, body positivity, healthy relationships, civic engagement and more. They also learn performance skills, including public speaking and teamwork.

STRATEGIC RESPONSE FUND
AFFINITY COMMUNITY SERVICES $1,500

CHICAGO ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT INC., $3,000
The mission of the Chicago Association of Women in Law Enforcement (CAWLE) is to advocate for more women in law enforcement and more women to be promoted within the ranks. CAWLE hosted an all female orientation for women who have applied for this current Chicago Police Exam application period.

CHICAGO METROPOLITAN BATTERED WOMEN’S NETWORK, $2,100

CIVIC NATION, $3,000
United State of Women’s Galvanize Program brought women from the Chicago region together to receive the tools and resources they need to organize for gender equity through trainings, discussions on issues impact women’s lives in Illinois and an engagement fair to connect with various organizations and activist groups.

COMMUNITY FILM WORKSHOP OF CHICAGO, $2,000
The mission of the Community Film Workshop of Chicago (CFWC) is to provide access to the tools of media that support the development of digital media artists of color in underserved communities.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND FAMILY ISSUES, $7,500

DEMOISELLE 2 FEMME (D2F), $5,000

EVERTHRIVE ILLINOIS, $3,000

ILLINOIS SAFE SCHOOLS ALLIANCE, $7,500
The mission of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance (the Alliance) is to promote safety, support, and healthy development for LGBTQ youth in Illinois schools and communities, through advocacy, education, youth organizing and research. Professional development and education work focuses on supporting schools, community organizations, parents, public officials, youth, and the general public in Illinois in building their understanding of how to be effective allies to LGBTQ youth in schools. The Alliance engages youth across the state of Illinois to become leaders in the LGBTQ safe schools movement and be agents of change in their own schools and communities. The Alliance advocates for necessary district, municipal, state and national legislative policy initiatives that support inclusive schools.

JANE ADDAMS SENIOR CAUCUS, $5,000

LADIES OF VIRTUE, $3,000

LITERATURE FOR ALL OF US, $5,000

SARGENT SHRIVER NATIONAL CENTER ON POVERTY LAW, $5,000

THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, $5,000
The Illinois Immigration Funders Collaborative responds to the need for immediate action by and capacity-building for nonprofits to assist Illinois immigrants and refugees affected by executive orders and other policy changes related to immigration

VICTORY GARDENS THEATER, $2,500
Victory Gardens Theater (VGT) is dedicated to the development and production of new theatrical work and playwrights from Chicago and beyond that represent a diversity of form, culture and perspective.

WOMEN’S MARCH CHICAGO, $4,500
At March to the Polls on January 20, 2018, women and allies united to celebrate the spirit of resistance in 2017, and to mobilize for the 2018 elections. The rally and march supports a demand for laws protecting women, voting in lawmakers supporting women’s place in power, and lifting up women in leadership and encouraging marchers and participants to expand their own power in all realms of public and private life.

YWCA OF EVANSTON/NORTH SHORE, $3,400

EVELYN APPELL LIPKIN ENDOWED FUND
BUILD, INC., $5,000

GIRLFORWARD, $5,000

BERTA WAESE ENDOWED FUND
BUILD, INC., $6,000

PEER HEALTH EXCHANGE OF CHICAGO, $6,000
Peer Health Exchange’s mission is to empower young people with the knowledge, skills and resources to make healthy decisions. It does this by training college student volunteers to teach a skills-based health curriculum in under-resourced high schools across the country.

ELEANOR PETERSON FUND
AFFINITY COMMUNITY SERVICE, $15,000

FAY CLAYTON DONOR ADVISED FUND
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH, $5,000
Human Rights Watch is a nongovernmental human rights organization. Each year, Human Rights Watch publishes more than 100 reports and briefings on human rights conditions in some 90 countries. Human Rights Watch meets with governments, the United Nations, regional groups like the African Union and the European Union, financial institutions, and corporations to press for changes in policy and practice that promote human rights and justice around the world. Human Rights Watch is working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality through its Women’s Rights Division.

MIDWEST ACCESS PROJECT, $1,000

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ABORTION FUNDS, $500
The National Network of Abortion Funds builds power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice.

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF ILLINOIS, $5,000

WOMEN EMPLOYED, $1,000

JO & ART MOORE DONOR ADVISED FUND
CHICAGO ALLIANCE AGAINST SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, $1,000

GIRLFORWARD, $1,000

LITERATURE FOR ALL OF US, $1,000
Literature for All of Us has been committed to literacy growth and development through a unique book group model. Through collaborative relationships with schools and community-based organizations in Chicago and neighboring Evanston, Literature for All of Us offers a holistic approach to literacy that reflects best practices in literacy learning, the English Language Arts, social-emotional learning and trauma-informed methodology.

MUJERES LATINAS EN ACCION, $1,000

SARGENT SHRIVER NATIONAL CENTER ON POVERTY LAW, $2,000

NANCY M. GOODMAN DONOR ADVISED FUND
COMMUNITYHEALTH, $2,000
CommunityHealth (CH) is the largest free clinic in Illinois serving the uninsured, offering primary care, 20+ specialty services including dental, labs, health education and medications for over 9,000 patients each year. The Nancy M. Goodman Donor Advised Fund supports the Well Women Health Initiative.

HEALING TO ACTION, $2,000

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF ILLINOIS, $2,000

THE PATRICIA R. MCMILLEN FUND
SARAH’S INN, $1,000

WEST SUBURBAN ACTION PROJECT, $1,000

NORTH SHORE GIVING CIRCLE
CURT’S CAFÉ, $7,500
Curt’s Café provides training in food service and life skills for at-risk youth in Evanston. Students at Curt’s learn valuable, employable skills; they are tutored and mentored in subjects ranging from financial literacy and job readiness to food history.

ERIE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER, $10,000
Erie Family Health Center’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable and high-quality health care for those in need. Erie operates 13 health centers serving nearly 70,000 patients from the West Side of Chicago to Waukegan, Illinois and provides a comprehensive array of health and wellness services.

LAKE COUNTY CRISIS CENTER (A SAFE PLACE), $13,500

LITERATURE FOR ALL OF US, $7,500

PRAIRIE STATE, $13,500
Prairie State Legal Services (PSLS) is a not-for-profit law firm. The survivors’ project provides holistic legal services at no charge to low-income Lake County residents and seniors affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence. PSLS offers a range of civil legal advocacy including orders of protection, civil no-contact orders, custody, child support, visitation, divorce, housing, public benefits, employment protections for DV survivors, consumer issues and immigration matters.

THE HARBOUR, $13,500
The Harbour is a community-based organization serving young women experiencing homelessness in the north and northwest Chicago suburbs. The Harbour’s programs provide a continuum of safe housing options, wraparound case management, and life skills training to nurture young women along the path to self-sufficiency. In addition to short-term emergency shelter, The Harbour also offers up to 18 months of transitional housing via supervised group homes or scattered-site apartments Youth in transitional housing receive strengths-based wraparound case management including educational and employment support, basic life skills training and specialized parenting support for youth with children.

WESTERN SUBURBS GIVING CIRCLE
360 YOUTH SERVICES, $10,100
360 Youth Services provides life-changing services to youth through prevention education, counseling and housing. The Transitional Housing Program for homeless young women ages 18-21 provides stable housing and assists residents with employment readiness, job placement, educational goals, life-skill development, budgeting and financial literacy, health care and counseling. Residents focus on developing the skills necessary to obtain and maintain independence.

THE ALIVE CENTER, $10,100
The Alive Center is a teen-led, teen-driven center focused on empowering the youth of today to become the impassioned, resilient leaders of tomorrow. Through the Dare to be Rare program, Alive Center engages junior high girls in discussions about healthy relationships, body image bullying, with the focus of empowering girls to lead the lives they want.

FAMILY SHELTER SERVICES, $7,600
As DuPage County’s only comprehensive domestic violence agency, Family Shelter Service serves about 2,000 clients every year. Its services include 24-hour hotline, 41-bed safe emergency shelter, counseling for adults and children, case management, court/victim advocacy, community outreach, prevention education and training.

LAVENDER FUND OF THE LBTQ GIVING COUNCIL
BRAVE SPACE ALLIANCE, $3,600

TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE LAW PROJECT OF ILLINOIS, $5,000
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois (TJLP) is a collective of radical lawyers, formerly incarcerated folks, social workers and community organizers providing holistic legal services for transgender and gender nonconforming people in Illinois. TJLP provides “know-your-rights” trainings to street-based transgender youth; was a leading force in the passage of a Chicago municipal ID card; and, through the monthly Cook County Name Change Mobilization, has helped over 1,000 people access gender-affirming identity documents.

WOMEN UNITED GIVING COUNCIL
AFFINITY COMMUNITY SERVICES, $2,800

CHICAGO COMMUNITY BOND FUND, $2,800

YOUNG WOMEN’S GIVING COUNCIL
ASSATA’S DAUGHTERS, $5,000
Assata’s Daughters is a young person-led organization that organizes young Black people in the Black Radical Tradition through a queer Black Feminist lens. Assata’s Daughters provides yearlong after-school political education programming through the Akerele program for young Black girls ages 6-12 and Assata’s University for Black teens. Young people have opportunities to participate in, create and lead citywide campaigns that promote the liberation of Black people.

CHICAGO PERIOD PROJECT, $1,500

CHICAGO VOLUNTEER DOULAS, $3,500

ILLINOIS BIRTH JUSTICE, $3,500

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37 percent of all Foundation support includes advocacy-related work.

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