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


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

Fiscal Year 2020

Fiscal Year 2019

Fiscal Year 2018