Growing up, I watched my mother struggle to keep food on the table, a roof over our heads. She found strength in the people around us, the women who encouraged her, and a community that wrapped around us as my mother went back to school to complete her education.
I see myself in the faces and the stories of the women and girls we impact at Chicago Foundation for Women.
I would bet you recognize pieces of your own family’s story in some aspect of CFW’s work. That is part of what makes CFW such a powerful community: giving rooted in the belief that the challenges facing women and girls affect all of us, and that each of us holds a piece of the solution; that by working together, we can build a healthy, safe and just Chicago region, for all of us.
CFW is here to bring together our individual contributions and direct them to where they can make the greatest impact. To do that, we rely on the input, expertise, and partnership of communities, coalition members and grantees working with us to make Chicago the best place in the country for women and girls.
Effective, responsive grantmaking starts and ends with community voice. CFW is here to listen, to learn, and to put resources and expertise to work for women and girls. Over the past year, the impact of CFW’s deep partnership with community has taken a number of forms: passing new legislation in response to fears about the future of choice; creating vehicles for inspired women to reinvest in their communities; making strategic investments based on the latest research; or iterating new programs to best meet the needs of the community.
We’ve seen, time and time again, that when the voices of women and girls are put front and center, and heard, there is no limit to what we can accomplish. This year, Chicago Foundation for Women made its largest-ever investments of more than $2.8 million in 117 organizations, impacting the lives of over 70,000 women, girls, trans, and gender nonconforming people in our region.
This impact is only made possible with the support of our donors, the partnership of our vendors, the trust of grantees, and with the leadership of women and our allies across our region. Together, we are building a stronger, more equitable Chicago region. For women. For girls. For all of us.
Thank you for being with us.
Let’s get to work,
President and CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women
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