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Comcast's CWIP Annual Luncheon Coverage

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Check out this inspiring video that Comcast put together for our Annual Luncheon honoring Grace Hou of Woods Fund Chicago

 

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A Woman Among Many In Non-Profits

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Written by Alexis Allegra

 

"Before transitioning into a career as a consultant, I spent almost 15 years working in mostly mid-size social service agencies in Detroit, New York and Chicago.  In all that time, I had a male boss for approximately four months.  I worked for women at all levels – my boss’ boss and probably even higher than that when I first started out.  My counterparts on senior leadership teams were overwhelmingly female and the majority of the staff I managed throughout the years were women. 

 

I feel grateful and lucky to have worked alongside these passionate, intelligent, brave and committed souls.  I can truly say that I have learned something about myself or others from each and every one of the women I have served with.  What I am perhaps most grateful for though, is what I didn’t experience as a result of working in the non-profit sector.  I have never experienced sexual harassment at work. 

 

Yes, you read that right. 

 

I have never been passed up for a promotion because there was a man ahead of me who was more sure of himself, or just more vocal.  I have never been made to feel like my accomplishments and hard work alone weren’t enough to get me where I wanted to go.  And I’ve never been in a meeting and felt dismissed or like my voice wasn’t heard simply because it was a female voice.

 

Have I experienced intimidation, sexual harassment or molestation in other areas of my life?  Yes, of course I have.

 

But I’m quite aware of the fact that my experiences in the workplace are likely outside the norm.  I don’t know corporate culture.  I’ve never worked in the hospitality or service industry.  I am a straight, white, highly educated woman from an upper middle-class background.  I own all of these things that likely contributed to my personal professional journey.   And I’m so incredibly grateful for the non-profit world in which I’ve worked – where I have felt safe and empowered by so many amazing women.  So, while many non-profit organizations continue to struggle with defining their culture and finding ways to ensure their employees feel valued in the absence of pay raises and bonuses, this is one way that perhaps they can be ahead of the curve. 

 

And it should go without saying, that though my experiences may differ, I plan to be an ally and an advocate for all the women out there who continue the fight for equality and protection in the workplace."

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Getting to Know our Members | Carolyn Nopar

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 29, 2018

Despite beginning her career in the corporate sector, Carolyn Nopar found her true calling in philanthropy when she reentered the workforce after taking some time off with her children.  Now a veteran in the field, Carolyn has a broad range of expertise and demonstrated success at Habitat for Humanity, Enterprising Kitchen, Family Focus, YWCA Metro Chicago, and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future (Skills).  Carolyn has also spent the last five years with Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) and was just recently elected Board Co-Chair. 

The initial draw to CWIP was Carolyn’s desire to meet funders; however, she quickly found a welcoming space where she could meet people without an agenda, which lead to becoming much more involved over the past five years.  Before her role as Co-Chair, Carolyn was a CWIP member, Board Director, Co-Chair of the Communications Committee and Chair of the Partnership Committee.

Within CWIP, and in her professional life, Carolyn is motivated by new ideas and finds implementing “out of the box” projects to be invigorating.  She feels personally successful when using a lot of different skillsets to accomplish one goal, stretching herself (and those around her) to achieve the very best.  An example of this is when Carolyn was hired to launch a social enterprise for Habitat for Humanity Northern Fox Valley.  This project included conducting a feasibility study, writing a business plan, securing seed funding, finding a location, securing inventory and hiring staff.  The ReStore opened in 2006 and provides a substantial stream of unrestrictive revenue that continues to this day.

With Carolyn’s passion for progress, it is no wonder the worst advice she could receive is “it has always been done that way.”  Instead, Carolyn uses the following quote to guide her:

“Trust the wait.  Embrace the uncertainty.  Enjoy the beauty of becoming.  When nothing is certain, anything is possible.”

It is this optimism that is required for success in the nonprofit field.  When thinking ahead, Carolyn firmly believes it is the industry’s fragmented practices that will be the biggest challenge to overcome, but she looks forward to tackling these issues head-on.  “Nonprofits need to work together better to avoid duplicating services in order to promote industry best practices.  With the participant need increasing, and more and more limitations on public and private funding, the sector needs to come together to achieve success.”

And, this is what CWIP provides Carolyn – A space to think on a broader scale; to look at the whole ecosystem of a problem instead of the single issue.  “It’s exciting to be a part of something that allows the time and space to look at the broader context.  This makes me a better fundraiser and provides leadership development skills that can benefit anyone, seasoned professionals or those new to the field.”

To learn more about CWIP and how you can become involved, please visit www.cwiponline.org

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