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Who We Are:
The Women United Giving Council is dedicated to providing grants to culturally specific organizations and programs benefiting diverse communities in the Chicago region through their fundraising efforts. Previously they have invested in the African American, Asian American and Latina communities; and strive to expand their impact across communities, benefiting more women and girls in the area.
The Giving Council is an extension of the work 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 given more than 3,200 grants totaling over $26 million, and guided thousands of women and girls into becoming philanthropists.
Who We Help:
The idea is to build a collective movement of women giving back on behalf of women and girls in whichever way they choose to do that, whether it be time, talent, or treasure. Studies have shown that women have a hard time finding mentorship. We’re building a community of women who are learning and growing with each other. We’re like this force field: it’s a group of women to lean on, but also a place where we can bounce back even more energized. – Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Women United Giving Council member and Alumni Council member
The impact of our work is strong! We have granted over $160,000 to 39 organizations serving women and girls in African American, Asian American and Latina communities in Chicago since 2008.
In June 2016 we made grants to the Chicago chapter of BYP100, Chicago Volunteer Doulas and Demoiselle 2 Femme.
How It Works:
We invite you to participate in effective philanthropy: philanthropy that is inspired by a commitment to create positive change for women and girls in culturally specific communities. We invite you to make a difference in collaboration with those who share a connection to your community! Working as women united for a common purpose is empowering for council members and grantees alike. Members are those who identify with or are an ally to these communities.
2016-17 Council Co-ChairsKarla Muldowney
2016-2017 Meetings All meetings are at 6 pm. at Chicago Foundation for Women, 140 S. Dearborn Suite 400 unless noted.
November 15, 2016December 13, 2016January 24, 2017February 28, 2017March 28, 2017April 25, 2017May 23, 2017June 27, 2017
Why Giving Councils?
Giving Councils link grassroots organizations to funding and the Foundation to new issues, new leaders, and new ideas.
Through its giving councils, Chicago Foundation for Women aims to:
For more information about the Giving Council, contact Eli Marsh at (312) 577-2825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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