North Shore Giving Circle

Who We Are: 

The North Shore Giving Circle  of Chicago Foundation for Women (NSGC) is a group of Chicago-area women who combine their funds to address the needs of women and girls in the northern suburbs. By leveraging the power of collective gifts, our grants create meaningful impact and improve lives.

2018-2019 Chair
Joan Bacon

Grantmaking Committee Members
Joan Bacon, Susan Comstock, Laura Egeter and Stephanie Szymanski

NSGC is a place for women to:

Engage - Be a part of a community of women that addresses needs and increases opportunities for women and girls in the region. Help a woman, help a family. Help a girl, empower the next generation.

Learn - Meet local leaders who work every day to improve the lives of women and girls. Hear interesting speakers and visit innovative organizations in our area. Learn how to be a philanthropic leader by becoming a member of the Chicago Foundation for Women community.

Be Inspired - Advancing the status of women and girls advances us all. Be a witness to lives changed for the better.  NSGC offers the opportunity for hands-on, collaborative philanthropy.


Who We Support:

We will be shouting out your [NSGC] generous grant to us….with PRIDE! Thank you doesn’t begin to express our gratitude for this gift. It’s going to allow us to do some very important things for our students at Curt’s South. They certainly need, and deserve, the help your grant will provide. – Lori Dube, Curts Cafe South

Our impact is strong! Since 2013 NSGC has granted over $260,000 to 23 organizations in communities in the northern suburbs.

FY18 (2017-2018) Grantees:

  • Curt's Cafe South
  • Erie Family Health Center
  • Lake County Crisis Center (A Safe Place)
  • Literature for All of Us
  • Prairie State Legal Services - Waukegan
  • The Harbour

FY17 (2016-2017) Grantees:

  • A Safe Place
  • Illinois Safe Schools Alliance
  • Northlight Theatre
  • Open Studio
  • Prairie State Legal Services - Waukegan

FY16 (2015-2016) Grantees:

  • Curt's Cafe South
  • Family Matters
  • Good News Partners
  • On Your Feet Foundation
  • RefugeeONE
  • The Lilac Tree
  • WINGS Program, Inc
  • Youth & Opportunity United (Y.O.U)

How It Works:

Each member contributes $2500 annually (annual/monthly donations) by January 30, 2018. Using Chicago Foundation for Women grantmaking guidelines, the Giving Circle:

  • Meets 4-5 times per year (fall-spring)
  • Requests and evaluates proposals
  • Conducts site visits
  • Makes grant decisions as a group




NSGC is an extension of the work of Chicago Foundation for Women.  CFW improves the lives of women and girls by investing in solutions to the most pressing challenges they face – economic security, violence, and access to health care. Since 1985, CFW has given more than 4,000 grants totaling over $35 million and guided thousands of women and girls into becoming philanthropists.

For more information about the Giving Circle, contact Eli Marsh, Philanthropic Education Officer, at 312.577.2825 or