The Chicago Foundation for Women has announced grants totaling more than $1.2 million to thirty-three organizations working to advance economic security and reproductive justice.
Twenty-six grants totaling $970,000 were awarded through the Eleanor Network at CFW, which works to expand lifelong economic opportunity for women by providing intensive job skills training and comprehensive support services. Established as part of the 2012 merger of CFW and the Eleanor Foundation, the program awarded a grant of $20,000 to Chicago Women in Trades to build the capacity of apprenticeship programs and pipeline training providers in the region working to recruit and retain aspiring tradeswomen; $15,000 to GirlForward in support of a mentorship program that matches refugee girls between the ages of 14 and 19 with women volunteers who commit to a year of mentoring; and $85,000 to the Jane Addams Resource Corporation in support of its Women in Manufacturing Program, which provides job skills training and intensive placement services in a high-demand sector, with a focus on secure living-wage jobs that offer benefits and a clear career path.
In partnership with the Catalyst Fund: Resources for Women of Color in Reproductive Justice at the Groundswell Fund, the foundation also awarded six grants totaling $270,000 to advance reproductive justice initiatives. Grant recipients include Cabrini Green Legal Aid and EverThrive, which were awarded grants of $57,500 each. In addition, CFW awarded a grant of $2,750 from the Polk Bros. Foundation Fund for Emerging Organizations to Manufacturing NEXT to provide a direct path for women to succeed in the high-growth manufacturing sector.
"CFW believes in strengthening social justice organizations by taking bold but informed risks," said CFW president and chief executive K. Sujata. "We are proud to invest in innovative solutions that will bring greater resources to support economic well-being for women and girls."