North Shore Giving Circle: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The North Shore Giving Circle is made up of Chicago-area women who combine funds to address the needs of women and girls in Chicago’s northern suburbs.

FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls

IP TAKE: This giving circle awards about five to six grants each year, and they are all are to very locally focused groups that address issues for women and girls.

PROFILE: Established in 2013, the North Shore Giving Circle (NSGC) is a women-focused collective fund affiliated with the Chicago Foundation for Women. NSGC is led by a chair and multiple grantmaking committee members. Members contribute $2,500 per year, meet four to five times per year, evaluate proposals, conduct site visits, and make grant decisions. The funding group aims to leverage the power of collective gifts and create meaningful impact to improve local lives. NSGC funds a variety of local efforts that improve the lives of women and girls.

The North Shore Giving Circle supports efforts that help increase opportunities for women and girls in the region and that empower the next generations of women. The group meets with local leaders to discuss innovations in this field and addresses how women can become philanthropic leaders. It engages in hands-on and collaborative philanthropy to award its yearly grants.

Grants range between about $1,000 and $2,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the grantee listings by year on the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on the northern suburbs of Chicago. Past local grantees include Curt’s Café South, the Erie Family Health Center, and Literature for All of Us.

This giving circle requests and accepts grant applications from local nonprofits. Grantseekers must use the Chicago Foundation for Women’s online grant application system to apply for NSGC grants. Direct general questions to Eli Marsh on the staff at or 312-577-2825.


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