Women of Color United Giving Council builds community and solidarity among BIPOC women, trans and gender non-binary people across Chicago in service of redistributing resources and providing support to organizations within the City of Chicago that serve Our Community with a priority focus on those organizations led by those in Our Community.

We are aware that alliances and networks across cultures must be built to bring about sustained cultural and economic change for women and girls who are pushed to the margins. We have created this group to address the divide between people of color that often goes overlooked in dominant discourse. We recognize that POC is a term that is contested. Members of this group understand that in order to be effective we will be pulling our intellectual and social resources as well as our financial resources together to foster a space for cross-cultural learning and solidarity. The lack of resources and historical struggles for social recognition that created tensions between minority groups are complex and deeply rooted. Our ability to band together in principled struggle is vital to the success of the future we commit to co-creating.   

2020-2021 Chairs
Anwuli Anigbo     Venita Griffin     Tasasha Henderson

Sheri Flanders     Naomi Garcia     Ausannette Garcia-Goyette     Madra Guinn Jones     Helen Hosupanich    Rahab Kiarie     Jasmine Knowles     Christina Perez

June 2021 Grantees
Masjid Al-Rabia
Black Girls Break Bread

How It Works

  • Membership is on a fiscal year basis (July 1-June 30).
  • Members make an annual gift of $250 - $1000+
  • The Giving Council meets monthly on the fourth Tuesday from 6-7/7:30pm (virtual until further notice)
  • Events are scheduled and organized by members
  • Grantmaking occurs in the winter and spring with funding being awarded in June
  • Members lead the grantmaking process and make funding recommendations
  • Member annual gifts + fundraising efforts build the fund from which grants are awarded
  • Each member chooses their level of participation

For more information about the Giving Council, contact Lora York, Senior Program Officer 312.577.2814 or lyork@cfw.org.