OVERVIEW: The South Side Giving Circle of the Chicago Women’s Foundation supports gender equality, racial equality, economic security, freedom from violence, and access to health care and information on Chicago’s South Side and the South Suburbs.
FUNDING AREAS: Gender equality, racial equality, economic security, freedom from violence, access to health care and information
IP TAKE: Black middle school and high school girls are a top priority for this funder, especially for local mentoring programs.
PROFILE: Established in the spring of 2018, the South Side Giving Circle (SSGC) is a giving circle led by the Chicago Women’s Foundation. This philanthropic entity seeks to “invest in gender and racial equity for women and girls living in Chicago’s South Side and South Suburbs.” Grantmaking includes gender equality, racial equality, economic security, freedom from violence, and access to health care and information.
To become a member of this giving circle, women primarily on Chicago's South Side and in the South Suburbs contribute $1,000 annually, or young professionals can contribute $500 annually with an ask to raise the additional $500. The giving circle announced its first grants in early 2019 and made five grants totaling $33,000. The women in this giving circle support initiatives that offer Black women a voice to grow their political power and to raise awareness for inequities that Black women and girls face. Paste grantees have conducted mentoring programs, digital storytelling programs, non-violent communication programs, breast cancer mortality reduction programs, and after-school programs for girls. Past grantees include Polished Pebbles, Assata’s Daughters, and the Sisters Network Chicago Chapter.
Giving circle grants typically range from $3,000 to $10,000 each. View the news section on the Chicago Women’s Foundation website to learn more about giving circle grants. This particular giving circle exclusively focuses on the South Side of Chicago and the city’s southern suburbs.
SSGC does not specify its own grantmaking procedures and deadlines on its website. However, grantseekers can complete an eligibility quiz to determine if an organization and/or project meets the Chicago Foundation for Women’s basic funding requirements. Prospective applicants should contact the staff prior to submitting an application. Direct general questions to the philanthropic education officer for the giving circle, Eli Marsh, at 312-577-2825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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