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2018 Annual Meeting Photos

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 6, 2018

We had a blast at our Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony and the photos show it! Check out the photo album on our Facebook.

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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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Looking Back, Looking Ahead: 2017 CWIP Annual Meeting Report

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 13, 2017

“This has been a tremendously exciting and productive time for CWIP, stepping up for women and girls during these times of change and uncertainty,” outgoing board co-chair Maricar Ramos told attendees at the CWIP Annual Meeting in August. The event, which drew more than 130 attendees, included a roundup of the year’s wins and a preview of what’s to come.


Ramos presented some of the highlights of the CWIP 2016-17 year, including:

        Expanding the Women’s Leadership Mentoring Program program to add mentoring for mid-career professionals; five mentees were added to the program

        Launching a series of programs on racial equity and justice; “we felt it was important to take a stand with educational opportunities and an open space for discussions.” This theme will also be woven into future programming

        Implemented a new member database and web site

        Annual luncheon raised more than $50,000 and honored Elizabeth Dozier

        Successful events such as Face to Face with Funders, Speed Mentoring, and the Path to Racial Consciousness

        There are 251 CWIP members this year

Ramos reported the organization is ending its fiscal year with healthy reserves. “This allows us to be more innovative in our offerings, focusing on topics that advance women and girls,” she said.


Incoming board co-chair Rachael Marusarz presented the board slate for 2017-18. The slate was approved. Information about the CWIP board can be found here.


Treasurer Tawa Mitchell reported that the organization is in “great fiscal health” and had surpassed its financial goals for the year. This success allows the organization to reinvest into programs such as social justice and community outreach.


The meeting also included recognition of outgoing board members and outstanding volunteers. “These members work behind the scenes; they craft programs, orchestrate opportunities for funders and grantees, execute events, and bring us together for annual luncheons and coordinate communications mechanisms that keep us in the know,” presenters Katie Claussen Bell and Carolyn Nopar said. “We are grateful to you and the talents that you bring.” Outgoing board co-chair Bell and outgoing board member Maria Kim were thanked for their outstanding service. Volunteers Jacki Davidoff, Glynnis Hokenson, Alexis Allegra, Katherine Dreher, and Ann Wilson were also recognized.


CWIP members should keep their eyes open for communication about future events, Bell said. A continuation of the conversations on racial justice is tentatively planned for October 20, and the 2018 Annual Luncheon is tentatively planned for March 21.

--Anne Zender

To see more photos from the CWIP Annual Meeting, please click here.

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Event Recap - Face to Face with Funders

Posted By Jessica Richter, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

By Caronina Grimble

Face to Face with Funders provided over 40 community organizations the unique opportunity to engage one-on-one with one of 20 local grantmakers and receive feedback on a grant proposal. From arts programs to workforce development and everything in between, pairs of funders and grantees filled the room with conversations about how to craft and present strong grant applications.
"There are a lot of amazing things happening across the city, and I wish we could fund them all" remarked one funder after hearing about an arts program looking to expand.
"Being able to talk directly with someone without the fear of any kind of backlash is incredibly helpful; I can freely ask questions of funders and not be afraid of the responses...and the feedback was invaluable" said a grantseeker.  
Through Face to Face with Funders, grantmakers are able to provide valuable support to nonprofit professionals, and grantseekers are able to further advance the mission of their organizations across the city. 

Stay tuned for next year's Face to Face with Funders. We hope to see you there! 

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