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Chicago Foundation for Women grants $1 million+

Wed, Jan 30, 2013

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) tripled its year-end grantmaking over 2011 levels by giving out $1,060,250 to 30 Chicagoland programs designed to better the lives of women and girls during the Foundation’s fall grantmaking cycle. CFW also awarded two grants through a generous partnership with the Polk Bros. Foundation Fund for Emerging Organizations which fosters early growth in promising nonprofits with annual operating budgets below $75,000. The CFW fall 2012 grant cycle of funding includes:

• Eleanor Network at Chicago Foundation for Women: 15 grants in economic security for a total of $738,000
• Freedom from Violence: Six grants for a total of $120,000
• Health: Seven grants for a total of $195,000
• Polk Bros. Foundation Fund for Emerging Organizations: Two grants for a total of $7,250

“We are extremely proud to support these innovative organizations and projects that are dedicated to addressing the specific needs of women and girls in Chicago,” said President and CEO, K. Sujata. “We are living in a volatile and uncertain economy. CFW is committed to responding to the escalating needs of women and girls by increasing its support of nonprofits that are working to improve lives through direct service and advocacy.”

This cycle included a significant increase of funding to advance women’s economic security due to CFW’s new strategic alliance between the Eleanor Foundation and Chicago Foundation for Women. Through the alliance – announced in September – nearly $7 million in assets, the “Eleanor Network” grantmaking program, and several key board leaders and supporters became part of CFW.

This season’s grantmaking increase marks the beginning of CFW’s efforts to exponentially increase grantmaking so that the Foundation is able to award $1 million annually to programs working within each of the Foundation’s strategic issue areas. Supporting programs in economic security, freedom from violence, and health are all essential to ensure that the comprehensive needs of all women and girls throughout Chicago are addressed.

Below is the complete list of grants awarded for the fall 2012 cycle:

Chicago Women in Trades (CWIT), $100,000 - CWIT’s pre apprenticeship program is a 200 hour, 15 week training program designed in collaboration with the apprenticeship programs and tradeswomen. The goal of the standard 100- hour curriculum is an American Welding Safety certification in stick welding.

Deborah’s Place, $20,000 - Teresa’s Interim Housing Program is a 120-day residential program that assists approximately 40 women each year in transitioning from homelessness to housing.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC), $85,000 - JARC’s Women in Manufacturing Program (WMP) will train 14 to 17 women for welding career paths.
Kinzie Industrial Development Corporation/Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago (KIDC/ICNC), $125,000 – KIDC will provide training, support & job placement services to working women in Chicago targeted by the Eleanor Foundation as a means of providing career pathways in the EMT/Paramedic/other medical fields which will lead to higher wages, job advancement and fulfillment.

Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO), $25,000 - MTO will accept referrals from partner organizations of women who are experiencing a rental housing problem. MTO will provide support to these women to help them stabilize their housing situation.

Midwest Academy, $20,000 – The Aging Justice Project is a yearlong intensive policy training program that will equip older women, their allies, and their organizations with the capacity to advocate successfully for policies that allow older women to age in place with dignity, economic security, and access to affordable health care.

Saint Anthony Hospital, $36,000 - SAW 2.0 is a unique, holistic, employer-driven approach to career development that addresses the academic needs of Saint Anthony’s lower-wage employees as well as the social and emotional challenges they must overcome to be successful in a post-secondary educational setting.

Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, $50,000 - Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (SCF) connects unemployed job seekers with employers that are eager to hire, removing obstacles that would otherwise prevent job seekers from filling open positions.

Spanish Coalition for Housing, $42,000 - The Comprehensive Homeless Prevention Program utilizes its network of 800 landlords to identify potential housing solutions, including discussions with landlords regarding credit ratings and rental amounts.
The Cara Program (TCP), $50,000 – TCP will establish a career advancement program designed to meet the needs of low-income, low-skilled women who are heads of households.

Women Employed (WE), $75,000 - Complete the Degree is a collaborative effort to increase the number of low-income adults who have college credentials—including two-year degrees and certificates—of economic value.

Youth Job Center of Evanston, $75,000 - The WILL program is a comprehensive, holistic approach to supporting young, working women move forward on their career path to economic self-sufficiency.

YWCA Evanston/North Shore, $35,000 - The YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Women’s Economic Empowerment program is an important community resource: the program offers the only free economic security program in the north suburban Chicago area targeting the specific needs of women.


Between Friends, $15,000 - Between Friends’ Crisis Line provides counseling to 180 children and adults affected by domestic violence and the Court Advocacy program offers legal guidance to 575 survivors seeking orders of protection. The Prevention and Education Specialists also provide essential teen dating prevention and intervention services to 4,450 youth and adults and provides trainings and information to 650 healthcare professionals and community members through REACH and Healthcare & Community Education programs.

Illinois Safe School Alliance, $20,000 - The Alliance’s Youth Organizing & Leadership program unites young people from all over the Illinois and creates a forum for students to inform, participate in and lead the Illinois LGBTQ safe schools movement.

Korean American Women in Need (KAN-WIN), $25,000 - The Bilingual Domestic Violence Services program provides domestic violence services to Asian immigrant victims and raises awareness about gender violence with an emphasis on sexual violence.

Latinos Progresando, $25,000 - The VAWA Project is part of Latinos Progresando’s flagship legal services program and focuses on immigrant victims of domestic violence.

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), $25,000 - The goal of NIJC’s Gender Justice Initiative is to ensure fundamental legal protections for immigrant women and girls so that they may access economic security and basic safety.


Chicago Abortion Fund, $35,000 - The My Voice, My Choice Leadership Group focuses on leadership development, inclusiveness and empowerment, and works towards change by raising awareness about systematic oppression and race, class and gender-related issues.

Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), $25,000 - CLAIM will work in collaboration with formerly incarcerated mothers to promote reproductive justice for mothers while in prison and after release.

Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), $35,000 - ICAH is a network of empowered youth and allied adults who transform public consciousness and increase the capacity of family, school and healthcare systems to support the sexual health, rights and identities of youth.

Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, $30,000 - The Task Force is dedicated to the fight against breast cancer inequalities in Metropolitan Chicago.

Teen Parent Connection, $15,000 - Teen Parent Connection’s Doula program seeks to connect participants to necessary medical resources, provide prenatal education and support, and deliver essential postpartum assistance to both mother and infant.

Young Women’s Empowerment Project (YWEP), $30,000 - YWEP is a member based social justice organizing project that is led by and for young people of color who have current or former experience in the sex trade and street economies.


Chicago Adventure Therapy (CAT), $3,250 - CAT’s Women’s Youth Development Program (WYDP) is gender-specific programming to young women and girls that integrates experiential opportunities with reflection and discussion so that participants can relate their experiences to patterns, strengths, challenges, and/or barriers they experience in everyday life.

Girl Forward, $4,000 - Through the Safe Spaces Project, girls exercise leadership skills in small groups that focus on cultural identity, problem-solving, and other projects of the girls’ choosing.

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