The Western Suburbs Giving Circle (WSGC) of Chicago Foundation for Women is a group of Chicago-area women who combine their funds to address the needs of women and girls in the western suburbs with a special focus on economic security and freedom from violence. By leveraging the power of collective gifts, our grants create meaningful impact and improve lives.

2021-2022 Chairs
Dena Byrd   ♦    Lauren Genuardi    ♦    Andrea Sidorow

Who We Support:

The Western Suburbs Giving Circle invests in organizations providing direct service and advocacy for women and girls in our community around the issues of economic security and freedom from violence.
In six years we have awarded close to $175,000 to nine local organizations:

360 Youth Services
DuPage Early Childhood Collaborative
Family Shelter Service (MFS)
Legal Aid Society Human Trafficking Initiative (MFS DuPage)
Mutual Ground
Styles for Kidz
Teen Parent Connection
The Alive Center
The Answer, Inc

WSGC 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.  WSGC offers the opportunity for hands-on, collaborative philanthropy.


WSGC is a fund of Chicago Foundation for Women.  CFW improves the lives of women and girls through grants, advocacy, leadership development, and public and grantee education. Since 1985, CFW has awarded more than 4,000 grants, totaling over $36 million, and guided thousands of women and girls into becoming philanthropists.

To learn more about the Giving Circles and Councils, contact Lora York, Senior Program Officer at 312.577.2814 or