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.

2020 - 2021 Chairs
Joan Bacon
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, Curt's Cafe South

Our impact is strong! Since 2013 NSGC has granted over $430,000 to local organizations your communities in the northern suburbs.

FY20 (2019-2020) Grantees: $55,700
Community Organizaing and Family Issues (Evanston Program)
Erie Family Health Center
Farmworker and Landscape Advocacy Project
Fenix Family Health Center
Lake County Crisis Center
North Suburban Legal Aid Clinic

FY19 (2018-2019) Grantees:
Community Organizing and Family Issues (Evanston Program)
Center for Independent Future
Fenix Family Health Center
North Suburban Legal Aid
United Way of Lake County

FY18 (2017-2018) Grantees:
Curt's Cafe South
Erie Family Health Center
The Harbour
Lake County Crisis Center (A Safe Place)
Literature for All of Us
Prairie State Legal Services - Waukegan

To Join or Renew: 

Membership is for the fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). Members each contribute between $1,000 and $3,000 to the fund from which grants are awarded. This contribution may be made in one installment or monthly installments, due in full by April 30, 2021. Meetings will be held January through May (calendar forthcoming). Members may engage in various aspects of the grantmaking process in between meetings. Every member determines their level of participation.

Join: membership for this fiscal year is now closed, and will re-open in late spring 2021

Renew: Complete Renewal Registration

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Support Our Grantmaking

NSGC is a fund 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 awarded more than 4,000 grants, totaling over $36 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