Who We Are
The LBTQ Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women is committed to fundraising in order to provide grants to organizations and programs benefiting lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning women and girls in the Chicago region. Through its Lavender Fund, the LBTQ Giving Council was the first grantmaking entity in the city of Chicago to provide grants exclusively to lesbian communities. We have a special focus on access to healthcare and information, freedom from violence and economic security for girl- and women-identified people.
Who We Support
The impact of our work is strong! We have awarded 55 grants totaling close to $170,000 to organizations serving LGBTQ folks in the Chicago region since 2004.
FY2019 Grantees: $10,700 total awarded
Affinity Community Services
The National LGBTQ Workers Center
Sisters in Cinema
FY2018 Grantees: $8,600 total awarded
Brave Space Alliance
Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois
FY2017 Grantees: $17,000 total awarded
BYP100 - Chicago Chapter
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Chicago Desi Youth Rising
Youth Empowerment Performance Project
What You Can Do
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Why Giving Councils?
Giving Councils link grassroots organizations to funding and the Foundation to new issues, new leaders, and new ideas.
Through its giving councils, Chicago Foundation for Women aims to:
For more information about the Giving Council, contact Eli Marsh, Philanthropic Education Officer, at 312.577.2825 or email@example.com.
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Chicago Foundation for Women is a leading convener of women in Chicago. Check out our upcoming events below. All of our events, including those hosted by our Giving Councils, are open to the public unless otherwise specified.
To read about meetings and events we've held, visit our entire Events Schedule. Questions? Email email@example.com.