Learn more about our program offerings:
· Women's Leadership and Mentoring Program: This popular program pairs women mentors with mentees.
· Networking forums, seminars, workshops, and panels: CWIP hosts both informal social events and formal, topic-oriented presentations by expert guest speakers. In addition, members participate in workshops that help improve the capabilities of nonprofit organizations.
· Advocacy: Get involved in educational forums that explore issues of interest to grantmakers and nonprofits.
Networking Forums, Seminars, Workshops, & Panels
Chicago Women in Philanthropy (CWIP) offers a wide variety of networking and professional development opportunities for members.
The Programs & Capacity Buildling Committee works year-round to bring you timely Seminars, Workshops, and Panels such as:
· Face to Face with Funders: A workshop where nonprofits submit a proposal and budget for review by foundation staff so they can receive feedback and improve their funding opportunities.
Over the years, CWIP has worked to promote programs and influence issues facing women and girls by creating public dialogue through relationship building, education and research. Below is a sampling of our recent efforts.
· Commissioned research and published Fostering Effective Funding for Women and Girls: A Next Stage Strategy.
· Created Girls and Gold, to introduce girls to finance, philanthropy, and community service.
· Developed Face to Face with Funders, a program where nonprofits meet individually with foundation staff for feedback on grant proposals and a budget.
· Developed ClearSighted, a tool to help funders improve grantmaking to women and girls. Thousands of copies have been distributed nationally.
· Developed WLMP, a mentorship program that provides emerging and mid-career leaders with an opportunity to grow under the guidance of an experienced mentor.
· Published and nationally distributed ShortSighted: How Chicago Area Grantmakers Can Apply a Gender Lens to See the Connections Between Social Problems and Women's Needs.
· Produced a series of photography exhibits, Celebrating Women's Leadership, previously on loan to the Peace Museum.
· Published and nationally distributed Short-Changed: A Look at Funding for Chicago-Area Women's Organizations.
As part of our mission of serving women and girls, CWIP looks for opportunities to highlight our members and ways to benefit their organizations through volunteer service. All we ask in return is that you help us spread the good word about CWIP!
Earlier this membership year, CWIP's Membership & Networking Committee partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository because of their dedication to the Chicago community.
Have an idea for a Volunteer Day? E-mail us.
Other Ways to Get Involved
Involvement is at the heart of Chicago Women in Philanthropy's (CWIP) mission. Bring your unique gifts and talents to the table and help CWIP take its programs to the next level.
CWIP is an organization driven by our volunteers. Thanks to the vision and work of our dedicated Board and members we are able to create exciting programming and learning opportunities in support of women and girls in Chicago.
Below are some ideas on how you can get involved.
· Join a committee
· Help us manage our social media
· Send us a story of how a woman in Chicago is making a difference
· Help us with the e-newsletter and other special communications
· Champion the cause of an organization that is doing great things within the movement
· Organize a volunteer opportunity