Young Women’s Giving Council: Grants for Chicago

OVERVIEW: The Young Women’s Giving Council is affiliated with the Chicago Foundation for Women and supports efforts that benefit young women and girls in Chicago.

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

IP TAKE: This is a good funder to know for gaps in local services and reproductive-related issues that are of interest to young women.

PROFILE: Established in 2008, the Young Women’s Giving Council (YWGC) is a women-focused collective fund affiliated with the Chicago Foundation for Women. It is an extension of the work being done at the foundation and made up of young female professionals who are committed to philanthropy and helping other young women. The council typically has multiple women serving as co-chairs. Members make affordable annual contributions in order to participate in fundraising and grantmaking. YWGC “invests in and empowers girls and young women in the Chicago region to create social change.”

The Young Women’s Giving Council exists to spark fundraising efforts and make grants to local groups. It brings together women in a similar age group and with similar interests to make donations that support these investments. YWGC also offers educational programs, professional development, and leadership opportunities.

Grants range between about $1,000 and $3,000. The funder typically awards $13,000 to $21,000 total per year to between two and five groups per year. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in the grantee listings by year on the funder’s website. Grantmaking focuses on Chicago communities. Past local grantees include Assata’s Daughters, Chicago Period Project, Chicago Volunteer Doulas, and Illinois Birth Justice.

This giving council requests and accepts grant applications from local nonprofits. This council meets monthly, grantmaking occurs in the winter and spring, and YWGC 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 or 312-577-2825.


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