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Who We Are:
Young Women’s Giving Council of Chicago Foundation for Women is a diverse community of young professionals who are committed to supporting young women and girls through philanthropic efforts. To support our philanthropy we utilize our strength as a network of young women to fundraise for the purpose of grantmaking. In addition, we develop the potential of women as leaders and philanthropists, empowering them through educational programming, leadership opportunities, and professional development.
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 impact of our work is strong! We have granted over $170,000 to 15 organizations since 2008. In June 2016 we awarded grants to Brave Camps and Demoiselle 2 Femme.
Grantee Spotlight: Polished Pebbles
The Young Women’s Giving Council provided a grant of $6,000 to Polished Pebbles in 2014.
Founder Kelly Fair wanted to open doors for young women from the hardscrabble neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side. “We can all have an impact on young people. We just need to activate that capacity,” said Fair. And activate she did. Since 2009 Polished Pebbles has paired nearly 1,000 girls with about 400 mentors and volunteers.
Fair’s mission, as well as her approach, struck a chord with Dawn Reese, former co-chair of the Young Women’s Giving Council.
"Young minority women find it difficult gaining access to professional mentors. Seasoned guidance can be the difference between healthy decisions and ones that might result in unforgiving career setbacks. Polished Pebbles serves as facilitator to introduce and cultivate relationships.”
The Young Women’s Giving Council understands the importance of organizations like these and strives to foster impactful relationships for our community. Our job is to identify organizations making a difference and support them to the extent that we can. – Dawn Reese, former Co-Chair
How It Works:
We invite you to participate in effective philanthropy: philanthropy inspired by a commitment to create positive change for young women and girls. We invite you to make a difference in collaboration with those who share your connection to these communities!
Connect Chicago Foundation for Women with organizations and stakeholders doing work on behalf of young women and girls in the Chicago region.
2016-2017 Council Co-ChairsVictoria CelanoMonica George Christina John Andrea McPike
Meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00p.m. – 7:30p.m. at Chicago Foundation for Women, 140 S. Dearborn Suite 400, unless noted.
November 9, 2016December 13, 2016January 10, 2017February 14, 2017 (may be rescheduled)March 14, 2017April 11, 2017May 9, 2017June 13, 2017
ThanksGIVING Celebration: Cooking EditionTuesday, November 15 from 6:30-9:30pm Click here to find out more and to register!
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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All of our events, including those hosted by our Giving Councils, are open to the public unless otherwise specified.
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