• Women Leaders in Philanthropy

      The mission of the Women Leaders in Philanthropy is to inspire, educate and respond to the needs of the community through philanthropy.

    • The vision of the Women Leaders in Philanthropy is to empower, cultivate, and recognize women as philanthropic leaders and volunteers within our communities.

    • 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
    • supporting social impact organizations and causes

Women Leaders in Philanthropy


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.

2019 Causes
  • Supporting efforts to recruit, train, and support leaders of color in local schools, nonprofits, government, and other institutions.
  • Supporting programs which prepare teens and young adults to enter the work place, focusing on financial literacy and workplace behavior.
  • Connecting adults and youth with education, counseling, and support networks for mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
2018 Causes
  • Addressing food insecurity among students.
    Grantee: OPRF Food Pantry's Summer Meals; Beye School PTO's food backpack pilot
  • Connecting youth/adults with counseling & support networks for suicide prevention & mental health promotion. 
    Grantee: NAMI's Support 4U texting program; Thrive Counseling safeTalk training
  • Supporting the low income youth participation scholarship fund. 
    Grantee: Youth Engagement Scholarship Fund
2017 Causes
  • Advancement of women and girls. 
    Grantee: The Viola Project
  • Heroin/opioid, drug and alcohol awareness and addiction prevention. 
    Grantee: OPRF Opioid Prevention Initiative
  • Establish low-income participation fee scholarship fund. 
    Grantee: Youth Engagement Scholarship Fund
2016 Causes
  • Connecting youth, adults with counseling and support networks for suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
    Grantee: Thrive Counseling Center and NAMI West Suburban
  • Expansion of youth engagement in arts programs.
    Grantee: Oak Park Area Arts Council
  • Low income youth participation scholarships (summer camps, after school programs, travel teams).
    Grantee: West Cook YMCA

2019 Upcoming Events

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Tuesday, September 17
, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Dominican University, Martin Hall Auditorium
7900 Division St., River Forest

Panel discussion and reception followed by Dinner Mayhem. After the panel, join fellow attendees to continue the conversation at a local restaurant. Learn more…

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Register here.

Annual Meeting
Thursday, November 14th

Venue TBD Members Only


Leadership Team comprised of elected Chair and Vice Chair.  Decisions will be based on consensus of member and member at large voting.

WLIP Allocation of Funds


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.

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Philanthropic Advisor, or call 708-848-1560.

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