Women Leaders in Philanthropy
The vision of the Women Leaders in Philanthropy is to empower, cultivate, and recognize women as philanthropic leaders and volunteers within our communities. Our goals are to enhance philanthropy of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation by reinforcing bonds and social networking; providing philanthropic education for the next generation of women leaders; and supporting social impact organizations and causes.
Honoring women and supported by women, Women Leaders in Philanthropy has raised a significant portion of the Foundation's charitable endowment. Today, their philanthropic impact continues and has grown with the number of women who have joined together to make a difference. Women Leaders in Philanthropy Fund supports causes selected annually by members.
- Provide mental health care such as counseling, trauma services and wellness education to first responders, essential workers and others who are unable to afford care or for whom stigma has been a barrier to treatment.
Grantee: Proviso Partners for Health (True You racial healing), Thrive Counseling Center (mental health services for LGBTQ+ youth and people of color)
- Support local programs which combat systemic racism within our community, for example, within education, housing, the criminal justice system and/or other domains.
Grantee: Addressed by grantees across all the causes with emphasis given to groups which considered and amplified voices of color.
- Address food insecurity needs in all populations; note student population and youth/senior populations have been specifically targeted in the past.
Grantee: Beyond Hunger (home delivery program in Austin), Quinn Center of St. Eulalia (hunger ministry in Maywood)
- Support housing assistance for low-income and vulnerable populations; support is to be offered to housing support networks and not directly to families in need.
Grantee: SisterHouse (residential and behavioral health)
Leadership Team comprised of elected Chair and Vice Chair. Decisions will be based on consensus of member and member at large voting.
To become a Women Leader in Philanthropy, a woman must donate a minimum of $5,000 (installments permitted). An initial gift of $1,000 can also be made, with a pledge to donate a minimum of an additional $1,000 in each of the following four years. Women can sponsor another woman to become a new member. Existing members can become Sustaining Members through annual donations of a suggested minimum of $1,000.