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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Issue-specific partnerships: Alphawood Foundation
When funders join forces on an issue, the needle moves faster and farther. In 2013, CFW began an ongoing partnership with the Alphawood Foundation, whose grant portfolio includes significant support for domestic violence agencies in metropolitan Chicago.

By sharing knowledge and grantee resources, both foundations are better able to focus on the areas of greatest need—and to ensure that Alphawood’s philanthropy has the greatest impact. Alphawood grantees now have access to CFW resources, including Board Boot Camp training, capacity building opportunities, and an annual networking event for organizations supported by a variety of funders.

It’s not just Alphawood grantees that benefit, however. The partnership is also giving new impetus to the field. In 2014, the foundations convened a meeting to explore new funding possibilities at the intersection of health care reimbursement and domestic violence. Among the organizations present were EverThrive, AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Sargent Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago Metro Battered Women’s Network, and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

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

Fiscal Year 2019

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-ofhousehold 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.

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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.

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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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Fiscal Year 2017

ADVOCACY
Advocacy is defined as seeking to affect or inform the actions of community systems or any level of government expressed in laws, administrative practices, regulations, executive or judicial actions.

Access Living, $10,000
Established in 1980, Access Living is committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives. Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights, and champions social reform, and is nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community. Governed and staffed by people with disabilities, Access Living combines knowledge and personal experience to deliver programs and services that equip people with disabilities to advocate for themselves. Access Living is at the forefront of the disability rights movement, removing barriers so people with disabilities can live the life they envision.

Chicago Workers Collaborative $30,000
Chicago Workers' Collaborative (CWC) organizes low-wage temporary workers to protect their rights. CWC established a coalition, Unifying Communities Against Gender Violence Alliance (UCAGEVA) to address the full continuum of gender based violence, from home to the workplace.  

Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), $25,000
Community Organizing and Family Issues, a 21-year-old nonprofit organization, exists to develop the leadership and organizing capacity of low-income parents of color, mainly mothers and grandmothers, in Chicago’s (and, in the last few years, the state’s) low-income African-American, Latina, and racially diverse communities to strengthen the power and voice of low-income families at all levels of public life–from local communities to city, state and national arenas. COFI works intensively with moms, supporting them on personal goals and then working collectively to make their voices heard in policymaking to improve the life for low-income women, children, and families. COFI achieves its mission through leadership training, supporting the mothers in action and teaching other groups to do this work.

The Family Defense Center $20,000
The Mothers’ Defense Project advocates for mothers through legal services and education to challenge gender-plus discrimination in the child welfare that hinders mothers’ ability to raise their children.

Fund for Justice DBA Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, $15,000
Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is a social impact research and advocacy organization that identifies community injustices, conducts research necessary to develop proposed solutions, and advocates for their implementation. Chicago Appleseed is an affiliate of the Appleseed National Network of Social Justice Centers. Chicago Appleseed focuses on making court systems fair and effective for all persons.

Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), $25,000
Jane Addams Senior Caucus is a multiracial, grassroots organization led by seniors in Chicago. Through leadership development, organizing and popular education, we use the power of our collective voice to work for economic, social and racial justice for all seniors and our communities.

Latino Union, $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. Immigrant women founded Latino Union in 2000 to organize against wage theft and sexual harassment in temporary employment agencies. Since their founding, Latino Union has worked with day laborers to pass labor protection laws, and with nannies, caregivers and domestic workers to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Midwest Academy, $15,000
The Midwest Academy is a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic and racial justice. From local neighborhood groups to statewide and national organizations, Midwest Academy has trained over twenty-five thousand grassroots activists, staff, and leaders from hundreds of organizations and coalitions. Midwest Academy teaches an organizing philosophy, methods and skills that enable ordinary people to actively participate in the democratic process. The Academy has been instrumental in helping to build statewide coalitions and provides training to organizations of all sizes.

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 organization achieves this mission through two interrelated programs: (1) Advocacy and (2) Advocate Resources & Training. Advocacy encompasses a broad agenda that includes promoting access to affordable health care, income supports and child care assistance, education equity, fair housing, employment and training, and civil rights/community justice. To achieve these aims, the Shriver Center utilizes a variety of strategies including impact litigation, policy development and advocacy, and racial equity advocacy. Through Advocate Resources & Training, the Shriver Center provides intensive training programs and resources that enable advocates across the U.S. to come together to enhance their skills, share knowledge, and advance anti-poverty advocacy campaigns and drive systems change.

SOPHIA FUND FOR ADVOCACY

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, $20,000
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE) addresses the culture, institutions and individuals that perpetrate, profit from or support sexual exploitation.End Demand Illinois focuses on transforming Illinois’ approach to prostitution, shifting criminal penalties to pimps and customers and providing those in prostitution with services and resources. CAASE’s sexual assault policy work addresses how the criminal justice system in Cook County responds to sexual assault.

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, $10,000
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (The Network) is the only umbrella organization for the local domestic violence field. The Network operates the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, provides first response services, and trainings for the Chicago Police Department’s Domestic Violence Pilot Project and the Medical Response Collaborative.

Chicago Workers Collaborative, $5,000
Chicago Workers' Collaborative (CWC) organizes low-wage temporary workers to protect their rights. CWC established a coalition, Unifying Communities Against Gender Violence Alliance (UCAGEVA) to address the full continuum of gender based violence, from home to the workplace.  

Connections for Abused Women and their Children $15,000
CAWC provides free and confidential domestic violence services to all victims and survivors of domestic violence through its four programs: Greenhouse Shelter, the Humboldt Park Outreach Program, the Hospital Crisis Intervention Project and Domestic Violence Services at Haymarket Center.

Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, $15,000
Domestic Violence Legal Clinic (DVLC) works to increase the safety of victims with effective, full-service legal representation and emergency legal services related to Orders of Protection, child support and custody, U Visas and VAWA petitions.

Health and Disability Advocates: The Women’s Justice Initiative , $15,000
The Women's Justice Initiative (WJI) works to create and implement gender-responsive policies, practices and programs throughout the justice system to address the specific needs of women and girls around sexual and domestic abuse and trauma, and to prevent re-victimization.

National Immigrant Justice Center, $25,000
NIJC's Gender Justice Initiative works to advance protections for immigrant women and children.

UCAN, $15,000
The Phenomenal Woman female mentoring program helps young women impacted by trauma navigate the effects of community violence. Group and individual mentoring help young women develop health relationship skills.

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. The “Y Link” program addresses partner violence among LGBTQ+ youth.

 

Direct Service

Accion Chicago, $15,000
Accion is a nonprofit that helps communities grow by investing in people who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods. They provide customized capital solutions and one-on-one coaching to underserved entrepreneurs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana who cannot access traditional and affordable credit. Accion’s mission is to revitalize underserved communities through entrepreneurship, with a focus on supporting minority, women, and low-income entrepreneurs who address the economic distress of their communities by generating jobs and economic growth.

Apna Ghar $20,000
Apna Ghar provides holistic services and conducts advocacy across immigrant communities to end gender-based violence. Co-located services meet immediate safety needs and foster stability and self sufficiency of survivors.

Between Friends $20,000
Between Friends provides domestic violence crisis intervention services and prevention and education programs to individuals and communities throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs

Brave Camps, Inc. $2,500
Brave Camps, Inc. received a 2017 #GivingTuesday grant. At Brave Camps, girls learn to use coding, design and web development to make an impact on an issue or cause they care about.

Chicago House and Social Services, $20,000
Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services, and other supportive programs.

Chicago Women’s Health Center $25,000
Chicago Women’s Health Center’s mission is to empower women and trans people by a non-judgmental approach and emphasis on cultural competence that creates an environment in which diverse individuals can access quality, affordable health care.

Chicago Youth Centers, $15,000
For 4,000 children and families, Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) provides a pathway out of poverty and violence. CYC’s mission is to empower Chicago’s children to discover and experience their full potential. At seven Centers throughout Chicago, CYC equips children ages 3-18 with the tools needed to succeed in school and ultimately the workforce: innovative spaces to learn; engaged families and mentors; and programs that expand children’s abilities to think critically, create, communicate and collaborate. A robust STEM education program gives low-income students access to technologies, equipment and one-on-one instruction.

Crossroad Fund $5,000
CULTIVATE: Women of Color Led Collaboration for leaders of advocacy organizations.

Deborah’s Place, $20,000
Deborah’s Place opens doors for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Supportive housing and services ensure women can heal, achieve their goals and move on from the experience of homelessness. Through the years, Deborah’s Place has evolved to address the broader needs of women experiencing homelessness by expanding our housing options, adding wrap-around supportive services, and adopting a “Housing First” approach. Over 31 years and more than 4,000 women later, Deborah’s Place is Chicago’s largest provider of supportive and interim housing exclusively for women.

Facing Forward to End Homelessness, $20,000
Facing Forward to End Homelessness (FF) transforms the lives of Chicago’s homeless and disabled families and individuals by empowering them with the stability of a real home and the tools they need to move toward independence. Through internal programming and referrals to resources in the community, residents receive the support needed to tend to their educational, familial, financial, healthcare (mental and physical), and life-skill needs. Facing Forward offers a “hand-up” not a “hand-out” because we know that our “Eleanor Women” do not lack desire, energy, or ambition, but need support. Through our programming, Chicago’s most vulnerable women are empowered and given the opportunity to put to work their skills and potential to transform their lives, their families and their communities.

Family Rescue $15,000
Family Rescue is the only single purpose domestic violence service organization and only emergency shelter on the south side of Chicago providing critical programs and services to victims and survivors.

GirlForward, $15,000
GirlForward is the first and only organization dedicated to creating and expanding opportunities for refugee girls who have resettled in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 2011, 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.

Hana Center $15,000
The Domestic Violence Prevention and Family Support Program is designed to support and empower Korean and Latina immigrant survivors of domestic violence, and reduce the barriers to breaking the cycle of violence through counseling, case management, advocacy, and education services.

KAN-WIN $25,000
KAN-WIN provides bilingual domestic and sexual violence services, through which it provides culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate support to survivors of gender-based violence in the Asian American and immigrant communities of the metropolitan Chicago area.

Latinos Progresando $20,000
The VAWA Project is part of Latinos Progresando’s flagship legal services program and focuses on immigrant victims of domestic violence, a population facing both unique and significant challenges.

Life Span $15,000
Life Span empowers survivors of domestic and sexual violence to demand safety as a human right through client centered services, and leads social change through accountability, community engagement, and systemic advocacy.

Literature for All of Us, $15,000
Literature for All of Us believes literacy is a basic and essential human need, and supports literacy growth and development through a unique book group model in which participants read and discuss culturally relevant literature. Starting with just fifteen low-income teen mothers in a single book group, over a nineteen-year span, Literature for All of Us has aided over 8,500 participants. Through collaborative relationships with schools and community-based organizations. 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. Literature for All of Us also facilitates a workforce Development Book Group with materials selected to reflect the lives of working women in traditionally-male jobs.

Love, Unity, Values (LUV) Institute, $15,000
The Love, Unity & Values (LUV) Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which supports young people, ages 11-24, who face challenges with college- and career-readiness. LUV provides the foundational skills young people need to be work-ready by using literacy, art and wellbeing as a pathway to the workforce of tomorrow. LUV’s mission is to provide hope, skills and opportunity to economically challenged young people to disrupt violence and other negative social behavior, while preparing them for academic success and sustainable employment. With the help of a staff of 15, the organization provides after school programs, job-readiness training, vocational skills development, workplace internships, entrepreneurship training, job placement and other intensive supportive services to nearly 500 youth annually.

Midwest Access Project $20,000
Midwest Access Project seeks to expand women’s access to reproductive health services by training health care providers on abortion care, expanding the network of trainers across the Midwest and educating the healthcare community and general public.

Muslim Women’s Alliance $10,000
Muslim Women’s Alliance received a 2017 #GivingTuesday grant. MWA’s core focus areas are development of women leaders, fostering community service, mentoring women to build confidence, and empowering the community through awareness and action on social issues.

New Moms, Inc., $15,000
Founded in 1983, New Moms is a 501(c)3 agency with a mission to express the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need to transform their lives—providing individualized case management; housing and supportive services; workforce development; parenting and life skills training; and child health and development monitoring. The Workforce Development Program serves homeless and high-risk adolescent mothers, equipping them with critical job-readiness training and paid transitional employment at New Moms’ social enterprise., Bright Endeavors.

Pediatric AIDS Chicago Prevention Initiative $19,000
The perinatal enhanced case management program is based on an intensive case management model and an established tracking system to ensure that enrolled HIV-positive mothers and their infants access care and treatment from referral to six months postpartum.

Project Exploration (PE), $15,000
Founded in 1999, Project Exploration (PE) uses science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to address challenges to equity, access, and opportunity in public education, higher education, and the professional STEM world. PE is a nationally recognized science education and youth development organization. Project Exploration is guided by a mission to empower and mentor underrepresented youth through experiential STEM programs led by university students and skilled STEM professionals. PE’s Sisters4Science seeks to positively impact girls’ educational goals, career aspirations, confidence and attitudes towards science through after-school programming led by women in STEM.

RefugeeOne $15,000
To ensure that refugee women receive appropriate treatment and to fill a gap in services for refugees, RefugeeOne offers culturally competent medical case management and mental health services.

South Suburban Family Shelter $15,000
South Suburban Family Shelter works to ensure freedom from violence by providing direct services to victims and working to transform systems, policies, and cultures within the communities that we serve.

Target HOPE, $15,000
Target HOPE is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance educational opportunities for minority students attending public high schools in the Chicago metropolitan area. Healing, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment are the concepts through which Target HOPE creates innovative academic retention strategies to combat the high school dropout crisis and increase minority graduation rates in higher education. Our close partnership with a consortium of colleges and universities based on strong academic preparation by our scholars increases the level of financial support for our students while decreasing the burden of student loans. Our goal is to address the academic under-preparation of minority students by creating a college-going culture of success, support and excellence.

Teen Parent Connection $15,000
The Doula Program empowers and supports pregnant teenage women in DuPage County through weekly home visits, education on pregnancy and childbirth, labor and postpartum support and connections to essential resources such as food, housing and medical care.

The Night Ministry, $15,000
Founded in 1976, The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization whose mission is to provide housing, healthcare and human connection to youth and adults struggling with poverty or homelessness. The Night Ministry operates a youth shelter network, a street-based youth outreach team and a health outreach program. The Night Ministry serves some of the most vulnerable communities in Chicago including homeless or precariously housed, at-risk individuals. All Ministry programs are non-denominational, and open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Traffick Fre$2,500
Traffick Free received a 2017 #GivingTuesday grant. Traffick Free is a faith-motivated organization that provides the greater metropolitan area of Chicago with tools and sustainable programs to combat human trafficking and transform the lives of survivors and communities.

Triton College Foundation, $15,000
Triton’s innovative and unique STEM program, GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering and Technology), is open to girls ages 12-16. The program operates in the Chicagoland area and focuses on recruiting young women living in near-west Chicago (Austin and North Lawndale) and nearby Proviso Township (Bellwood, Stone Park, Maywood, and Melrose Park), in order to build a pipeline to STEM careers for underrepresented women. GADgET strengthens each participant's sense of self-efficacy through the ownership of an idea, from the concept phase through the build phase, by employing practices, methods, and tools used in a variety of STEM careers.

YWCA of Evanston/North Shore $15,000
Domestic Violence Services, the YWCA Evanston/ North Shore’s largest and oldest program, is the only comprehensive domestic violence program serving the northeastern metropolitan Chicago area.

Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center $15,000
The sexual assault prevention education programs provides free, age-appropriate safety workshops for students of all ages to teach them about recognizing the warning signs of sexual abuse and dating violence.

Irene Bayrach Anti-Violence Legacy Fund

A Safe Place, $15,000
A Safe Place provides services to survivors of domestic abuse and their children as the sole provider exclusively addressing domestic violence in Lake County. Services are designed to meet the immediate crisis and long-term needs of survivors and their children, as well as to prevent future domestic violence.

Sarah’s Inn, $15,000
Sarah’s Inn Advocacy and Counseling Program provides essential supports for victims of domestic violence. Services include: emergency support (24- hour crisis line, emergency transportation and housing assistance); individual and group counseling and advocacy; life skills (financial literacy, parenting skills, etc.); legal advocacy; children/teen individual and group counseling.

Eva Janzen Powell and Smith T. Powell Health Series

Become $5,000
Caring and Reigniting our Empowerment (CARE) brings together women and girls in the Auburn Gresham community to come together for a day of self-care, mutual learning and conversation.

EverThive Illinois, $5,000
EverThrive Illinois increases awareness of women’s health issues, with an emphasis on reproductive justice, through outreach, advocacy, and education

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force $2,000
The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force’s mission is to save women’s lives by eliminating health disparities in Illinois, through the lens of breast cancer.

TRAINING
The Foundation seeks to fund programs whose primary focus is to help women develop the skills and education they need in order to secure a living wage job with benefits and a career path or to advance up an existing career ladder to secure a living wage with benefits.

The Cara Program (TCP), $30,000
Cara was founded in 1991 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Owens in order to empower adults affected by homelessness and poverty to find quality employment through job training and placement The Eleanor Career Advancement Program advances Cara's mission in that it 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
CWIT’sTechnical Opportunities Program (TOP) and welding training programs prepare women for high-wage and high skilled nontraditional careers. These programs target construction apprenticeship programs and welding jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois (GYO), $35,000
GYO is a teacher training program designed to help low-income community members become teachers in their neighborhood schools. GYO's teacher candidates, 85% of which are women and often mothers, are low-income and working full-time in low-wage jobs.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), $75,000
JARC’s Women in Manufacturing Program (WMP) provides job skills training in a high-demand sector and intensive job placement services with a focus on secure, living-wage employment with benefits and a career path.

Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation/Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (KIDC/ICNC), $75,000
KIDC will provide training, support & job placement services to working women in Chicago as a means of providing career pathways in the EMT/Paramedic/other medical fields which will lead to higher wages, job advancement and fulfillment.

Upwardly Global, $40,000
Upwardly Global’s (UpGlo) mission is to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees, and to integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce. UpGlo is an award-winning workforce organization with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Silver Spring (MD). UpGlo operates an innovative online training platform with over 1,000 active volunteers and 355 employer partners. UpGlo has been at the forefront of solving the “brain waste” challenge and has assisted over 3,767 skilled immigrants and refugees, including over 1,806 women, in securing professional positions in high-demand sectors nationwide.

 STABILIZATION

Stabilization grantees provide support to training grantee participants in the following areas: housing, childcare and financial education/credit repair.

All Chicago Making Homelessness History, $50,000
All Chicago Making Homelessness History effectively combines immediate resources with strategies to address the complex issue of homelessness, leading the city’s long-term strategy to end and prevent homelessness. The Emergency Fund program provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing an emergency that could lead to homelessness. We quickly provide payments on a person’s behalf, for things like rent or even bus passes. Funding from Chicago Foundation for Women supports the Flexible Financial Fund, which allows All Chicago to provide targeted funds for women and fill gaps in the social safety net. The objective of the Flexible Financial Fund and the Emergency Fund is to provide financial assistance needed to help each person or family achieve and maintain stability.

Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS), $50,000
Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) has 128 years of experience providing the most vulnerable populations with the services they need to build a stable, successful life. HHCS’ mission is to achieve freedom from want, fear, and injustice for people marginalized by poverty, displacement, or situations of vulnerability by developing and providing a continuum of services that meet basic needs, safeguard human rights, and provide opportunities for positive change.
HHCS’ IDEA program is the cornerstone of its asset building services. IDEA promotes the economic stability of women and their families by increasing women’s financial capability and access to affordable products and services, and helping them build assets.

CATALYST FUND FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE GRANTS AWARDED

A Long Walk Home, $15,000
A Long Walk Home (ALWH) is a women-led nonprofit that uses art to educate, engage and empower young people to end violence against women and girls. The Girl/Friends Young Leaders Institute, located in the North Lawndale community, is the only program in Chicago to equip and empower cis, queer, and trans girls of color to 1) advocate for themselves and other girls and 2) create systematic change to end gender violence. ALWH recognizes the lack of representation of girls of color in leadership roles in the movement to end violence. The goal of the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute is to transform adolescent girls into advocates, policymakers and key stakeholders in order to ultimately change and diversify the face of leadership in the women’s rights movement.

Black on Both Sides (BOBS), $25,000
Black on Both Sides (BBS) provides training, mentorship and support in community organizing for Black foster youth and parents through a rigorous curriculum in community organizing focused on the history and tactics of the foster care and prison systems in the United States. For the past three years, the central program has been the youth cohort. BBS recruits and trains a cohort of youth leaders who are dual-system involved - they have had contact with both the foster care system and the criminal justice system -- for a four-month curriculum that focuses on developing and practicing the skills of leadership development, team building, participatory research, creative writing, civic participation and restorative justice.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CLAIM), $43,000
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) pursues justice and mercy for those impacted by the criminal justice system by providing legal services and advocating for systemic change that strengthens lives, families, and communities. CGLA, which acquired Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and its critical programming in 2014, is Illinois' leading expert and advocate on real-life effects of the criminal justice system. The advocacy work is organized into two overarching campaigns: Reunite Moms & Kids, which focuses on achieving reproductive justice and addressing the needs of incarcerated mothers and their families, and Breaking Down the Barriers, which tackles a range of collateral consequences affecting people's abilities to live full and meaningful lives.

Chicago Freedom School, $21,000
The mission of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) is to create new generations of critical- and independent-thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. CFS provides educational opportunities for youth and adult allies to develop leadership skills through the lens of civic action and through the study of the history of social movements and their leaders. CFS operates in the spirit of the original freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960s, serving as a catalyst for young people across Chicago to discover their own power to make change. 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, $40,000
EverThrive Illinois works to improve the health of women, children and families over their lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis and advocacy. EverThrive trains students as youth peer educators in order to increase the capacity of young people to share reproductive health information with their peers and community.The Health Reform Initiative will provide training and education related to programs and policies affecting access to coverage and care. EverThrive IL will continue to train youth on advocacy topics, but this year will also engage low-income women who are consumers of state and federally funded maternal and child health (MCH) programs from Englewood and neighboring communities in the advocacy efforts.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), $43,000
Founded in 1977, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (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. For more than three decades, ICAH has organized and trained young people to advocate for issues that directly affect their lives and communities. ICAH emphasizes building youth leadership skills and serving marginalized populations.

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, $48,000
The mission of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force is to save women’s lives by eliminating health disparities for women of color in Illinois, through the lens of breast cancer. We address 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, $15,000
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) continues to be the only national Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women’s multi-issue advocacy organization in the United States, organizing AAPI communities for reproductive justice through an intersectional lens. By growing a base of AAPI champions, NAPAWF can strengthen the community’s reproductive rights, health, and justice advocacy efforts and amplify the voices and leadership of AAPI women and girls.

Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), $20,000
Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) was founded in 2009 to transform work in the distribution industry from poverty-level temp jobs into living wage jobs with dignity that can sustain families. Their mission is 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. Warehouse Workers for Justice looks at the intersection of economic justice and reproductive justice and how the lack of family-supporting jobs limits women’s reproductive justice. A woman cannot raise a family with unstable scheduling, low wages, lack of access to health benefits, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. WWJ has made significant progress on developing legislation and organizing support of its passage in the coming year.

POLK BROS. FOUNDATION FUND FOR EMERGING ORGANIZATIONS GRANT AWARDED

Black Youth Project,  $2,500
The BYP100 Chicago Chapter is a local chapter of the BYP100 Education Fund, a national organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a collective focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education. BYP100 Chicago exists as one of the few base-building, young Black, queer and feminist organization in the Chicago-area.

Chicago Books to Women in Prison, $1,250
Chicago Books to Women in Prison is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that provides paperback books free of charge to incarcerated women (including transwomen).

Chicago Desi Youth Rising, $1,500
Chicago Desi Youth Rising (CDYR) seeks to elevate and empower Chicago youth to combat racial, economic, and social inequity and to create an intergenerational community of Desi leaders through a weekend summer leadership retreat for youth who want to grow as changemakers. Participants draw upon their diverse experiences and intersectional identities while they examine and challenge the underlying causes of their communities’ problems and conditions to become agents for social change.

Healing to Action, $1,000
Healing to Action advanced a worker-led movement to end gender-based violence by strengthening capacity in community and grassroots organizations, cultivating worker leadership, coalition building and increasing access to justice for survivors.

Midwest Access Coalition, $600
Abortion has become increasingly difficult to obtain, particularly for low-income women, around the Midwest due to a range of factors, including restrictive laws on abortion providers, mandatory waiting periods, lack of providers, and rising and inconsistent costs. MAC assists low-income people in gaining access to safe, legal abortion. 

Traffick Free, $1,400
Traffick Free is a faith-motivated organization that provides the greater metropolitan area of Chicago with tools and sustainable programs to combat human trafficking and transform the lives of survivors and communities.

The Viola Project, $5,000
Using the works of William Shakespeare, The Viola Project unites and empowers girls from diverse backgrounds so they can grow up to be whoever they want to be.  Theatre programming combines performance, text analysis, creative experiences, and exploration of contemporary issues with the aim of empowering a new generation of young women to take part in shaping a future with social, economic and political equality for all. 

Youth for Black Lives, $1,000
Youth for Black Lives is a collective that plans to unify and uplifts youth voices through art and organizing various safe and accessible events.

Enterprise Fund
Between Friends, $5,000
Between Friends is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse. The organization centers its work to be responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities across Chicagoland. To break the cycle of domestic violence, Between Friends offers crisis intervention and support services for survivors, as well as comprehensive prevention and education programs for youths and adults.

Korean American Resource & Cultural Center $7,000
Korean American Community Services (KACS) and the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC) have decided to merge and become the Hana Center, effective January 1, 2017. The mission of the Hana Center is: To empower Korean American and immigrant communities through social services, community organizing, culture and education to advance human rights.

DORIS & HOWARD CONANT FUND FOR WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Arab American Family Services $15,000
AAFS’ Domestic Violence Intervention and Prevention Program (DVIPP) provides direct services to domestic violence survivors, as well as advocacy and community outreach. The program is designed to meet the special needs of Arab-American women and girls to live free from violence.

HEART Women and Girls  $15,000
HEART Women & Girls builds the sexual health literacy of Muslim communities by offering sex education and anti-sexual assault advocacy. HEART promotes sexual health and sexual violence awareness through culturally-sensitive sexual health education, advocacy, research and training to help organizations better serve the sexual health needs of Muslims.

Mujeres Latinas en Acción $15,000
Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres) focuses on gender based 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.

Planned Parenthood $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 LARC Access Campaign is a multi-faceted, youth-informed outreach and service delivery campaign to help reduce unintended teen pregnancy in Chicago and Illinois.

Rape Victim Advocates $25,000
RVA is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors in Chicago through crisis, advocacy, counseling, prevention education, and professional training services as well as changing social norms through public awareness and policy advocacy.

Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU, Inc.  $25,000
The Roger Baldwin Foundation’s Reproductive and Women’s Rights Project (RRP) is the leading legal advocate for reproductive freedom, gender equality, and bodily autonomy in Illinois.

Mikva Challenge $15,000
Mikva Challenge develops youth to be informed, empowered, and active citizens and community leaders.

FAY CLAYTON DONOR ADVISED FUND
Apna Ghar $1,000
Center for Reproductive Rights $3,000
Chicago Abortion Fund $750
Chicago Community Bond Fund $5,000
Human Rights Watch $5,000
Mujeres Latinas en Accion $1,000
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation $1,000
Planned Parenthood of Illinois, $5,000
Roger Baldwin Foundation of the ACLU $5,000
Women Employed $1,000

Nancy M. Goodman Donor Advised Funds
CommunityHealth, $1,500
CommunityHealth is a leader in delivering comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at NO cost to low-income, uninsured individuals, and is the largest free clinic in Illinois for the uninsured. CommunityHealth provides primary care and over 20 specialty services for over 9,000 patients every year.

Healing to Action, $1,500
Healing to Action advanced a worker-led movement to end gender-based violence by strengthening capacity in community and grassroots organizations, cultivating worker leadership, coalition building and increasing access to justice for survivors.

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, $1,500
Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing offers an array of services aimed at fulfilling its mission of promoting decent, safe, affordable housing for low-income Chicagoans through legal representation, education and advocacy.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois, $1,500
For nearly 90 years, Planned Parenthood of Illinois has been a leader in protecting reproductive rights and providing and promoting affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care and education.

 Elick and Charlotte Lindon Fund
Planned Parenthood of Illinois $7,500
The Night Ministry $7,500
UNICEF $20,000

Evelyn Appell Lipkin Endowed Fund
John Marshall Law School $5,500

ELEANOR PETERSEN LEGACY FUND
Affinity Community Services  $15,000

Berta Waese Endowed Fund
Girls in the Game  $10,000
Options for Youth  $10,000

Strategic Response Fund

AIDS Foundation of Chicago/Pride Action Tank, $1,000
Pride Action Tank (PAT) organized a summit focused on the experiences and needs of LGBTQ older adults. OUTAging aimed to create a platform that centers the voices and experiences of LGBTQ older adults to shed light on the issues they face and gaps in services, resources and opportunities, provide a diverse and inclusive forum for redefining aging and care and develop an agenda for advocacy, resources and inclusion with and for LGBTQ older adults.

Arise Chicago, $2,500
Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education, organizing and advocating for just public policies. Arise Chicago Worker Center is a resource for low-wage workers to learn their rights and to organize other workers to improve workplace conditions.

Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, $7,500
The mission of the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace is to stop domestic violence where it starts by helping those who abuse take responsibility for their behavior, create healthier relationships and strengthen their community. Through nearly two decades of evidence-based practice, the Center has established itself as one of the Chicago area's leading resources in intervention. The Center is the only agency in Cook County solely dedicated to rehabilitating perpetrators of domestic violence.

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network, $7,000
Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network (The Network) is the only umbrella organization for the local domestic violence field. The Network operates the State of Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline, provides first response services, and trainings for the Chicago Police Department’s Domestic Violence Pilot Project and the Medical Response Collaborative.

Illinois Birth Justice, $1,350
Illinois Birth Justice is dedicated to supporting incarcerated pregnant women and new mothers before, during, and after birth to help them build positive futures for themselves and their families. 

KAN-WIN, $3,500
KAN-WIN provides bilingual domestic and sexual violence services, through which it provides culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate support to survivors of gender-based violence in the Asian American and immigrant communities of the metropolitan Chicago area.

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, $4,500
The Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force’s mission is to save women’s lives by eliminating health disparities in Illinois, through the lens of breast cancer.

Mujeres Latinas en Accion, $7,500
Mujeres Latinas en Acción (Mujeres) focuses on gender based 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.

Northlight Theatre, $1,800
Northlight Theatre aspires to promote change of perspective and encourage compassion by exploring the depth of our humanity across a bold spectrum of theatrical experiencesThe Speak Up! Theatre for Social Change residency asks students to address issues impacting their community. 

Northwest Side Housing Center, $2,650
The mission of the Northwest Side Housing Center is to engage, educate and empower the community, working towards the common goals of affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, great schools, and a place to age well

Progressive Inc., $2,500
The Progressive Media Project helps activists and nonprofit groups advance their issues, providing access, training, professional editing, resources and infrastructure needed to stimulate local, regional and national dialogue on critical issues, reflecting under-reported perspectives and marginalized communities.

Research
Voices for Illinois Children
Voices for Illinois Children is an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in Illinois. Voices for Illinois Children conducts analysis on the current state of investment in women and girls, and the impact of state budget
cuts.

THE 100 DAY FUND

{she crew}, $2,500
SHE CAST is an intersectional-feminist podcast created by adolescent girls and trans-spectrum youth to discuss current events and national and local issues.

Affinity Community Services, $710
Affinity Community Services is creating a guide that highlights how the wage gap disproportionally impacts LGBTQ women of color.

Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment, $1,900
The 100 Days of Filipina Domestic Worker Empowerment project lifts up the voices and stories of Filipina Domestic Workers who are fighting to end labor exploitation and gender-based violence in the workplace.

Arise Chicago, $1,900
Arise Chicago will produce materials and trainings for immigrants workers to plan in case of workplace raids and attempted illegal document re-verification, educating them about their rights and how to protect themselves. Arise Chicago will also produce materials and trainings for working women to address gender discrimination and sexual harassment at work.

Between Friends, $2,500
The REACH Team’s youth leadership offering, Youth Creating Allies for Relationship Equality (Y-CARE) Program, fosters peer leadership skills for youth to address gender based violence.

Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation, $1,000
CAASE works with college men to become leaders on campus who understand how the commercial sex industry harms women, and who work to oppose exploitation and violence against women in their community.

Chicago Home Theater Festival $2,000
The Festival centers the leadership of women, femmes and gender nonconforming people, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ folks, and artists with disabilities to curate performances which disrupt injustice and build towards collective action.

Communities First Association $1,000
The Black Women of the Diaspora Book Club explores female literary voices of color, creating community around creativity, building deeper relationships with each other, as well as their own voices.

Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP $2,500
The Young Women’s Project for Educational and Economic Equity in Englewood (E4) is a grassroots campaign which promotes educational and economic equity for African American women aged 18-24 in the Englewood community

First Lutheran Church of the Trinity $500 
Grant funds were used to offset the cost of transportation to the Women’s March on Chicago, in order to include the young women and men of First Lutheran Church in this historic march to experience the empowerment of mass civic engagement.

Gilloury Institute dba Silk Road Rising $2,500
Silk Road Rising took their animated video "The Four Hijabs" to a series of venues throughout Chicagoland. Developed with a Chicago Foundation for Women Strategic Response grant in 2015, "The Four Hijabs" helps non-Muslims explore the meaning of the "hijab” by carrying it beyond the simple binary of "to veil or not to veil."

Girls Like Me Project $2,350
“A Girl Shall Lead,” is an intergenerational exchange series that intentionally creates space for dialogue, models and inspires civic engagement, community empowerment, as well as promotes self-determination among the next generation of girl voters.

Global Girls $1,400
Letters to Leaders is a letter writing campaign teaching girls the power of written words to advocate for issues that impact their lives.

Healing to Action $2,500
Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Violence is a cross-movement collaboration between Chicago’s rape crisis centers, workers’ centers and legal aid providers.

IMPACT Chicago $1,500
IMPACT Chicago offers free active bystander support workshops, providing participants with the opportunity to develop and practice speaking up for themselves and for others.

Jane Addams Senior Caucus $2,500
JASC created bi-monthly places for older women and other seniors to take public action together to focus attention on the issues of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, including a strong gender and racial justice lens on the issues impacting senior women.  

KAN-WIN $1,340
KAN-WIN staff attended the Women’s March on Washington as part of the National Korean American Coalition to End Domestic Abuse (NKACEDA).

Ladies of Virtue $2,000
Ladies of Virtue serves girls living in under-resourced communities, instilling purpose, passion and perseverance in girls to ensure they have the confidence to succeed in every aspect of their lives. LOV Sisters United is a project to engage men and boys, women and girls in conversations about gender equity.

Latino Union of Chicago $2,500
Latino Union engages domestic workers and their allies in spreading the word about protections included in the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, highlighting the bill’s protections against workplace sexual violence.

liftUPlift Worldwide $1,000
liftUPlift Worldwide engages communities in preventing sexual violence and eliminating rape culture through Sexual Assault Prevention Week, as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Mujeres Latinas en Accion $2,500
Cafes en Accion gather community members in Pilsen and North Riverside to share their concerns and develop a plan of action to mobilize the community.

Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside $2,000
ONE Northside organizes people and institutions from Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Ravenswood, North Center, Lake View and Lincoln Park to eliminate injustice and create a diverse, united North Side of Chicago.

Rape Victim Advocates $565
Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) hosted postcard writing events to encourage the community to write their representative about the critical importance of services for survivors of sexual violence.

Ravenswood Community Council $600
The Ravenswood’s Women Leaders in Business 2017 Roundtable brought together an intergenerational group of women professionals from diverse backgrounds to discuss topics like equal pay, work-life balance, and how to navigate the current professional climate.

Restored Hope 1,500
Restored Hope combines the tools of yoga, art, gardening and activism to engage women and girls to mindfully heal from trauma often caused by violence.

The Partnership for a Safer Lake County, $2,500
The Partnership for a Safer Lake County, with the County Board President and State’s Attorney, convened a Summit to dialogue with leaders and to address a recent rise in activity targeting women and girls of color, immigrants, LGBTQ people and those with disabilities.

The Viola Project $1,460
The Viola Project offered a week-long, tuition free day camp where young women explored Shakespeare’s play “Measure for Measure,” which deals with issues of justice, the struggle for power and the importance of representation in government.

Victory Gardens Theater,  $1,775
Victory Gardens Theater is dedicated to engaging a diverse community by programming events centered around its plays’ themes that reflect the current local and national cultural climate.

YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, $1,000
YWCA Metropolitan Chicago sent a contingent of 14 staff members to Washington D.C., and gathered additional supporters in Chicago, to advocate for working women, mothers, immigrants, people of diverse religious faiths, LGBTQIA people, people of color, people with disabilities and survivors of sexual assault.

 

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Fiscal Year 2016

ADVOCACY
Advocacy is defined as seeking to affect or inform the actions of community systems or any level of government expressed in laws, administrative practices, regulations, executive or judicial actions.

Access Living, $10,000
Established in 1980, Access Living is committed to fostering an inclusive society that enables Chicagoans with disabilities to live fully-engaged and self-directed lives. Access Living challenges stereotypes, protects civil rights, and champions social reform, and is nationally recognized as a leading force in the disability advocacy community. Governed and staffed by people with disabilities, Access Living combines knowledge and personal experience to deliver programs and services that equip people with disabilities to advocate for themselves. Access Living is at the forefront of the disability rights movement, removing barriers so people with disabilities can live the life they envision.

Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI), $25,000
Community Organizing and Family Issues, a 21-year-old nonprofit organization, exists to develop the leadership and organizing capacity of low-income parents of color, mainly mothers and grandmothers, in Chicago’s (and, in the last few years, the state’s) low-income African-American, Latina, and racially diverse communities to strengthen the power and voice of low-income families at all levels of public life–from local communities to city, state and national arenas. COFI works intensively with moms, supporting them on personal goals and then working collectively to make their voices heard in policymaking to improve the life for low-income women, children, and families. COFI achieves its mission through leadership training, supporting the mothers in action and teaching other groups to do this work.

Fund for Justice DBA Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice, $15,000
Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice is a social impact research and advocacy organization that identifies community injustices, conducts research necessary to develop proposed solutions, and advocates for their implementation. Chicago Appleseed is an affiliate of the Appleseed National Network of Social Justice Centers. Chicago Appleseed focuses on making court systems fair and effective for all persons.

Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC), $25,000
Jane Addams Senior Caucus is a multiracial, grassroots organization led by seniors in Chicago. Through leadership development, organizing and popular education, we use the power of our collective voice to work for economic, social and racial justice for all seniors and our communities.

Latino Union, $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. Immigrant women founded Latino Union in 2000 to organize against wage theft and sexual harassment in temporary employment agencies. Since their founding, Latino Union has worked with day laborers to pass labor protection laws, and with nannies, caregivers and domestic workers to pass the Illinois Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

Midwest Academy, $15,000
The Midwest Academy is a national training institute committed to advancing the struggle for social, economic and racial justice. From local neighborhood groups to statewide and national organizations, Midwest Academy has trained over twenty-five thousand grassroots activists, staff, and leaders from hundreds of organizations and coalitions. Midwest Academy teaches an organizing philosophy, methods and skills that enable ordinary people to actively participate in the democratic process. The Academy has been instrumental in helping to build statewide coalitions and provides training to organizations of all sizes.

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 organization achieves this mission through two interrelated programs: (1) Advocacy and (2) Advocate Resources & Training. Advocacy encompasses a broad agenda that includes promoting access to affordable health care, income supports and child care assistance, education equity, fair housing, employment and training, and civil rights/community justice. To achieve these aims, the Shriver Center utilizes a variety of strategies including impact litigation, policy development and advocacy, and racial equity advocacy. Through Advocate Resources & Training, the Shriver Center provides intensive training programs and resources that enable advocates across the U.S. to come together to enhance their skills, share knowledge, and advance anti-poverty advocacy campaigns and drive systems change.

Direct Service

Accion Chicago, $15,000
Accion is a nonprofit that helps communities grow by investing in people who build businesses and generate jobs in their neighborhoods. They provide customized capital solutions and one-on-one coaching to underserved entrepreneurs in Illinois and Northwest Indiana who cannot access traditional and affordable credit. Accion’s mission is to revitalize underserved communities through entrepreneurship, with a focus on supporting minority, women, and low-income entrepreneurs who address the economic distress of their communities by generating jobs and economic growth.

Chicago House and Social Services, $20,000
Chicago House serves individuals and families who are disenfranchised by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ marginalization, poverty, homelessness, and/or gender nonconformity by providing housing, employment services, medical linkage and retention services, HIV prevention services, legal services, and other supportive programs.

Chicago Youth Centers, $15,000
For 4,000 children and families, Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) provides a pathway out of poverty and violence. CYC’s mission is to empower Chicago’s children to discover and experience their full potential. At seven Centers throughout Chicago, CYC equips children ages 3-18 with the tools needed to succeed in school and ultimately the workforce: innovative spaces to learn; engaged families and mentors; and programs that expand children’s abilities to think critically, create, communicate and collaborate. A robust STEM education program gives low-income students access to technologies, equipment and one-on-one instruction.

Deborah’s Place, $20,000
Deborah’s Place opens doors for women experiencing homelessness in Chicago. Supportive housing and services ensure women can heal, achieve their goals and move on from the experience of homelessness. Through the years, Deborah’s Place has evolved to address the broader needs of women experiencing homelessness by expanding our housing options, adding wrap-around supportive services, and adopting a “Housing First” approach. Over 31 years and more than 4,000 women later, Deborah’s Place is Chicago’s largest provider of supportive and interim housing exclusively for women.

Facing Forward to End Homelessness, $20,000
Facing Forward to End Homelessness (FF) transforms the lives of Chicago’s homeless and disabled families and individuals by empowering them with the stability of a real home and the tools they need to move toward independence. Through internal programming and referrals to resources in the community, residents receive the support needed to tend to their educational, familial, financial, healthcare (mental and physical), and life-skill needs. Facing Forward offers a “hand-up” not a “hand-out” because we know that our “Eleanor Women” do not lack desire, energy, or ambition, but need support. Through our programming, Chicago’s most vulnerable women are empowered and given the opportunity to put to work their skills and potential to transform their lives, their families and their communities.

GirlForward, $15,000
GirlForward is the first and only organization dedicated to creating and expanding opportunities for refugee girls who have resettled in the United States. Founded in Chicago in 2011, 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.

Literature for All of Us, $15,000
Literature for All of Us believes literacy is a basic and essential human need, and supports literacy growth and development through a unique book group model in which participants read and discuss culturally relevant literature. Starting with just fifteen low-income teen mothers in a single book group, over a nineteen-year span, Literature for All of Us has aided over 8,500 participants. Through collaborative relationships with schools and community-based organizations. 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. Literature for All of Us also facilitates a workforce Development Book Group with materials selected to reflect the lives of working women in traditionally-male jobs.

Love, Unity, Values (LUV) Institute, $15,000
The Love, Unity & Values (LUV) Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which supports young people, ages 11-24, who face challenges with college- and career-readiness. LUV provides the foundational skills young people need to be work-ready by using literacy, art and wellbeing as a pathway to the workforce of tomorrow. LUV’s mission is to provide hope, skills and opportunity to economically challenged young people to disrupt violence and other negative social behavior, while preparing them for academic success and sustainable employment. With the help of a staff of 15, the organization provides after school programs, job-readiness training, vocational skills development, workplace internships, entrepreneurship training, job placement and other intensive supportive services to nearly 500 youth annually.

New Moms, Inc., $15,000
Founded in 1983, New Moms is a 501(c)3 agency with a mission to express the love of God by surrounding young moms and their children with all they need to transform their lives—providing individualized case management; housing and supportive services; workforce development; parenting and life skills training; and child health and development monitoring. The Workforce Development Program serves homeless and high-risk adolescent mothers, equipping them with critical job-readiness training and paid transitional employment at New Moms’ social enterprise., Bright Endeavors.

Project Exploration (PE), $15,000
Founded in 1999, Project Exploration (PE) uses science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education to address challenges to equity, access, and opportunity in public education, higher education, and the professional STEM world. PE is a nationally recognized science education and youth development organization. Project Exploration is guided by a mission to empower and mentor underrepresented youth through experiential STEM programs led by university students and skilled STEM professionals. PE’s Sisters4Science seeks to positively impact girls’ educational goals, career aspirations, confidence and attitudes towards science through after-school programming led by women in STEM.

Target HOPE, $15,000
Target HOPE is a nonprofit organization with a mission to enhance educational opportunities for minority students attending public high schools in the Chicago metropolitan area. Healing, Opportunity, Pride and Empowerment are the concepts through which Target HOPE creates innovative academic retention strategies to combat the high school dropout crisis and increase minority graduation rates in higher education. Our close partnership with a consortium of colleges and universities based on strong academic preparation by our scholars increases the level of financial support for our students while decreasing the burden of student loans. Our goal is to address the academic under-preparation of minority students by creating a college-going culture of success, support and excellence.

The Night Ministry, $15,000
Founded in 1976, The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization whose mission is to provide housing, healthcare and human connection to youth and adults struggling with poverty or homelessness. The Night Ministry operates a youth shelter network, a street-based youth outreach team and a health outreach program. The Night Ministry serves some of the most vulnerable communities in Chicago including homeless or precariously housed, at-risk individuals. All Ministry programs are non-denominational, and open to all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Triton College Foundation, $15,000
Triton’s innovative and unique STEM program, GADgET (Girls Adventuring in Design, Engineering and Technology), is open to girls ages 12-16. The program operates in the Chicagoland area and focuses on recruiting young women living in near-west Chicago (Austin and North Lawndale) and nearby Proviso Township (Bellwood, Stone Park, Maywood, and Melrose Park), in order to build a pipeline to STEM careers for underrepresented women. GADgET strengthens each participant's sense of self-efficacy through the ownership of an idea, from the concept phase through the build phase, by employing practices, methods, and tools used in a variety of STEM careers.

 

TRAINING
The Foundation seeks to fund programs whose primary focus is to help women develop the skills and education they need in order to secure a living wage job with benefits and a career path or to advance up an existing career ladder to secure a living wage with benefits.

The Cara Program (TCP), $30,000
Cara was founded in 1991 by entrepreneur and philanthropist Tom Owens in order to empower adults affected by homelessness and poverty to find quality employment through job training and placement The Eleanor Career Advancement Program advances Cara's mission in that it 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
CWIT’sTechnical Opportunities Program (TOP) and welding training programs prepare women for high-wage and high skilled nontraditional careers. These programs target construction apprenticeship programs and welding jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Grow Your Own Teachers Illinois (GYO), $35,000
GYO is a teacher training program designed to help low-income community members become teachers in their neighborhood schools. GYO's teacher candidates, 85% of which are women and often mothers, are low-income and working full-time in low-wage jobs.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), $75,000
JARC’s Women in Manufacturing Program (WMP) provides job skills training in a high-demand sector and intensive job placement services with a focus on secure, living-wage employment with benefits and a career path.

Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation/Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (KIDC/ICNC), $75,000
KIDC will provide training, support & job placement services to working women in Chicago as a means of providing career pathways in the EMT/Paramedic/other medical fields which will lead to higher wages, job advancement and fulfillment.

Upwardly Global, $40,000
Upwardly Global’s (UpGlo) mission is to eliminate employment barriers for skilled immigrants and refugees, and to integrate this population into the professional U.S. workforce. UpGlo is an award-winning workforce organization with offices in San Francisco, New York, Chicago and Silver Spring (MD). UpGlo operates an innovative online training platform with over 1,000 active volunteers and 355 employer partners. UpGlo has been at the forefront of solving the “brain waste” challenge and has assisted over 3,767 skilled immigrants and refugees, including over 1,806 women, in securing professional positions in high-demand sectors nationwide.

STABILIZATION
Stabilization grantees provide support to training grantee participants in the following areas: housing, childcare and financial education/credit repair.

All Chicago Making Homelessness History, $50,000
All Chicago Making Homelessness History effectively combines immediate resources with strategies to address the complex issue of homelessness, leading the city’s long-term strategy to end and prevent homelessness. The Emergency Fund program provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing an emergency that could lead to homelessness. We quickly provide payments on a person’s behalf, for things like rent or even bus passes. Funding from Chicago Foundation for Women supports the Flexible Financial Fund, which allows All Chicago to provide targeted funds for women and fill gaps in the social safety net. The objective of the Flexible Financial Fund and the Emergency Fund is to provide financial assistance needed to help each person or family achieve and maintain stability.

Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS), $50,000
Heartland Human Care Services (HHCS) has 128 years of experience providing the most vulnerable populations with the services they need to build a stable, successful life. HHCS’ mission is to achieve freedom from want, fear, and injustice for people marginalized by poverty, displacement, or situations of vulnerability by developing and providing a continuum of services that meet basic needs, safeguard human rights, and provide opportunities for positive change.
HHCS’ IDEA program is the cornerstone of its asset building services. IDEA promotes the economic stability of women and their families by increasing women’s financial capability and access to affordable products and services, and helping them build assets.

CATALYST FUND FOR REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE GRANTS AWARDED

A Long Walk Home, $15,000
A Long Walk Home (ALWH) is a women-led nonprofit that uses art to educate, engage and empower young people to end violence against women and girls. The Girl/Friends Young Leaders Institute, located in the North Lawndale community, is the only program in Chicago to equip and empower cis, queer, and trans girls of color to 1) advocate for themselves and other girls and 2) create systematic change to end gender violence. ALWH recognizes the lack of representation of girls of color in leadership roles in the movement to end violence. The goal of the Girl/Friends Leadership Institute is to transform adolescent girls into advocates, policymakers and key stakeholders in order to ultimately change and diversify the face of leadership in the women’s rights movement.

Black on Both Sides (BOBS), $25,000
Black on Both Sides (BBS) provides training, mentorship and support in community organizing for Black foster youth and parents through a rigorous curriculum in community organizing focused on the history and tactics of the foster care and prison systems in the United States. For the past three years, the central program has been the youth cohort. BBS recruits and trains a cohort of youth leaders who are dual-system involved - they have had contact with both the foster care system and the criminal justice system -- for a four-month curriculum that focuses on developing and practicing the skills of leadership development, team building, participatory research, creative writing, civic participation and restorative justice.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CLAIM), $43,000
Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) pursues justice and mercy for those impacted by the criminal justice system by providing legal services and advocating for systemic change that strengthens lives, families, and communities. CGLA, which acquired Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and its critical programming in 2014, is Illinois' leading expert and advocate on real-life effects of the criminal justice system. The advocacy work is organized into two overarching campaigns: Reunite Moms & Kids, which focuses on achieving reproductive justice and addressing the needs of incarcerated mothers and their families, and Breaking Down the Barriers, which tackles a range of collateral consequences affecting people's abilities to live full and meaningful lives.

Chicago Freedom School, $21,000
The mission of the Chicago Freedom School (CFS) is to create new generations of critical- and independent-thinking young people who use their unique experiences and power to create a just world. CFS provides educational opportunities for youth and adult allies to develop leadership skills through the lens of civic action and through the study of the history of social movements and their leaders. CFS operates in the spirit of the original freedom schools in Mississippi in the 1960s, serving as a catalyst for young people across Chicago to discover their own power to make change. 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, $40,000
EverThrive Illinois works to improve the health of women, children and families over their lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis and advocacy. EverThrive trains students as youth peer educators in order to increase the capacity of young people to share reproductive health information with their peers and community.The Health Reform Initiative will provide training and education related to programs and policies affecting access to coverage and care. EverThrive IL will continue to train youth on advocacy topics, but this year will also engage low-income women who are consumers of state and federally funded maternal and child health (MCH) programs from Englewood and neighboring communities in the advocacy efforts.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), $43,000
Founded in 1977, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (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. For more than three decades, ICAH has organized and trained young people to advocate for issues that directly affect their lives and communities. ICAH emphasizes building youth leadership skills and serving marginalized populations.

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, $48,000
The mission of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force is to save women’s lives by eliminating health disparities for women of color in Illinois, through the lens of breast cancer. We address 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, $15,000
National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) continues to be the only national Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women’s multi-issue advocacy organization in the United States, organizing AAPI communities for reproductive justice through an intersectional lens. By growing a base of AAPI champions, NAPAWF can strengthen the community’s reproductive rights, health, and justice advocacy efforts and amplify the voices and leadership of AAPI women and girls.

Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), $20,000
Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) was founded in 2009 to transform work in the distribution industry from poverty-level temp jobs into living wage jobs with dignity that can sustain families. Their mission is 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. Warehouse Workers for Justice looks at the intersection of economic justice and reproductive justice and how the lack of family-supporting jobs limits women’s reproductive justice. A woman cannot raise a family with unstable scheduling, low wages, lack of access to health benefits, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. WWJ has made significant progress on developing legislation and organizing support of its passage in the coming year.

POLK BROS. FOUNDATION FUND FOR EMERGING ORGANIZATIONS GRANT AWARDED
Healing to Action, $1,000
Healing to Action advanced a worker-led movement to end gender-based violence by strengthening capacity in community and grassroots organizations, cultivating worker leadership, coalition building and increasing access to justice for survivors.

Enterprise Fund
Between Friends, $5,000
Between Friends is dedicated to breaking the cycle of domestic violence and building a community free of abuse. The organization centers its work to be responsive to the needs of individuals, families and communities across Chicagoland. To break the cycle of domestic violence, Between Friends offers crisis intervention and support services for survivors, as well as comprehensive prevention and education programs for youths and adults.

Nancy M. Goodman Donor Advised Funds
CommunityHealth, $1,500
CommunityHealth is a leader in delivering comprehensive, high-quality, patient-centered health care at NO cost to low-income, uninsured individuals, and is the largest free clinic in Illinois for the uninsured. CommunityHealth provides primary care and over 20 specialty services for over 9,000 patients every year.

Healing to Action, $1,500
Healing to Action advanced a worker-led movement to end gender-based violence by strengthening capacity in community and grassroots organizations, cultivating worker leadership, coalition building and increasing access to justice for survivors.

Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, $1,500
Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing offers an array of services aimed at fulfilling its mission of promoting decent, safe, affordable housing for low-income Chicagoans through legal representation, education and advocacy.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois, $1,500
For nearly 90 years, Planned Parenthood of Illinois has been a leader in protecting reproductive rights and providing and promoting affordable, comprehensive reproductive health care and education.

Strategic Response Fund
Arise Chicago, $2,500
Arise Chicago builds partnerships between faith communities and workers to fight workplace injustice through education, organizing and advocating for just public policies. Arise Chicago Worker Center is a resource for low-wage workers to learn their rights and to organize other workers to improve workplace conditions.

Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, $7,500
The mission of the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace is to stop domestic violence where it starts by helping those who abuse take responsibility for their behavior, create healthier relationships and strengthen their community. Through nearly two decades of evidence-based practice, the Center has established itself as one of the Chicago area's leading resources in intervention. The Center is the only agency in Cook County solely dedicated to rehabilitating perpetrators of domestic violence.

Progressive Inc., $2,500
The Progressive Media Project helps activists and nonprofit groups advance their issues, providing access, training, professional editing, resources and infrastructure needed to stimulate local, regional and national dialogue on critical issues, reflecting under-reported perspectives and marginalized communities.

Research
Voices for Illinois Children
Voices for Illinois Children is an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in Illinois. Voices for Illinois Children conducts analysis on the current state of investment in women and girls, and the impact of state budget
cuts.

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