Chicago Foundation for Women is a grantmaking organization dedicated to increasing resources and opportunities for women and girls in the greater Chicago area. To support our philanthropy, the Foundation promotes increased investment in women and girls, raises awareness about their issues and potential, and develops them as leaders and philanthropists.

A Focus on Women and Girls

Chicago Foundation for Women is part of a global women's funding movement that is rooted in a commitment to social justice from the perspective of women and girls. We are dedicated to championing issues and solutions critical to the success of women and girls through communications, strategic partnerships, training and education, fundraising and grantmaking. For every issue on the public agenda-from health care to anti-violence-there is a dimension specific to women. When a woman is given an opportunity, an entire family and community can benefit.


Interested in applying? We recommend that you complete the https://www.cfw.org/grants_mission-and-vision  to help you determine if your organization and/or project meets the basic funding requirements.


CFW will offer grantmaking orientations to prospective applicants. If your organization would like to learn more about the grantmaking process at CFW, please attend one of the following sessions:

Wednesday, December 11th from 3 pm to 5 pm. The December 11th orientation will take place at Illinois Action for Children's Chatham Site: 8741 South Greenwood, 3rd floor, Chicago, IL 60619

Tuesday, December 17th from 1pm to 3pm. The December 17th orientation will take place at Chicago Foundation for Women's offices: One East Wacker Drive, Suite 1620, Chicago, IL 60601

Friday, January 10th from 10 am to 12 pm. The January 10th orientation will take place at Chicago Foundation for Women's offices: One East Wacker Drive, Suite 1620, Chicago, IL 60601.


Grants range from $15,000 to $150,000 (except for the Strategic Response Fund) and will support organizations within the Chicago metropolitan area (Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Will counties). Activities can be local, regional or in some instances statewide.


Chicago Foundation for Women welcomes questions from applicants at any point before, during and after the application process. Please contact Program Officer Elizabeth Hartig at ehartig@cfw.org  or (312) 577-2819.