Western Suburbs Giving Circle


Who We Are:

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.

2020-2021 Chairs
Tanya Davis
Sonal Gupta
Andrea Sidorow

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.

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 four years we have awarded a total of $130,475 to eight 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

To Join or Renew:

Membership is for the fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021). Members each contribute $1,000 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 on Wednesdays: December 9, 2020; January 13, Februrary 24, April 21 and May 26. Members may engage in various aspects of the grantmaking process in between meetings. Every member determines their level of participation.

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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 Eli Marsh, Director of Social and Community Impact, at 312.577.2825 or emarsh@cfw.org.