Women United Giving Council: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The Women United Giving Council is part of the Chicago Foundation for women and supports local women and girls through economic security, freedom from violence, and access to health services and information grants.

FUNDING AREAS: Women and girls of color, economic security, freedom from violence, and access to health services and information

IP TAKE: This is a very unique grantmaking entity because it encompasses the needs and experiences of local African American, Latina, and Asian American women.

PROFILE: Established in 2014, the Women United Giving Council (WUGC) is the result of the unification of local African American, Asian American, and Latina Leadership Councils that existed between the early 2000s and 2013. WUGC is affiliated with the Chicago Foundation for Women. It typically has one woman in the leadership position each year. Members make annual contributions of $250 in order to participate in fundraising and the grantmaking process. It aims to “continue to meaningfully invest in women and girls of color.” WUGC funds efforts in related to economic security, freedom from violence, and access to health services and information to meet the needs of women and girls of color.

The Women United Giving Council is committed to philanthropy that is inspired by creating positive change for its target demographic. It brings together women of similar backgrounds and interests to make donations that support these investments. WUGC also provides leadership opportunities, increases awareness about issues in diverse communities, educates the public, and amplifies the voice of underrepresented women.

Grants range between about $2,000 and $5,000. The funder typically awards between $5,000 and $8,000 total per year. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the grantee listings by year on the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on communities in the Chicago area. Past local grantees include Affinity Community Services, Chicago Community Bond Fund, and Polished Pebbles.

This giving council requests and accepts grant applications from local nonprofits. The giving council meets monthly, grantmaking occurs in the winter and spring, and WUGC awards grants in June. Grantseekers must use the Chicago Foundation for Women’s online grant application system to apply for grants. Direct general questions to Eli Marsh on the staff at emarsh@cfw.org or 312-577-2825.

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