To build an inclusive community educating and empowering Chicagoland women to grow personally and professionally and to advocate boldly for themselves and their communities.
An equitable, inclusive, and connected social sector.
CWIP's Strategic Plan:
Click here to view CWIP’s Strategic 3 Three Year Plan: FY2020 - FY2023.
The hallmark of our organization is that egos and titles are checked at the proverbial door so that open conversations can take place between members of different levels and backgrounds. As a volunteer driven organization, we work together to make the following programs possible by serving on committees:
All CWIP activities are funded by membership dues, special grants, contributions, in-kind contributions, workshop fees and program fees.
- Programs: Our Annual Luncheon, Annual Meeting, networking forums, workshops, panels and ongoing advocacy offer opportunities for continued learning, professional development and networking. Learn more about our programs.
- Committees: CWIP's Annual Luncheon, Communications, Membership, and Program & Capacity Building committees are busy throughout the year providing opportunities for sharing knowledge and resources.
At CWIP, we:
- Support the gender lens, a tool that permits better allocation of funding for women, girls, and the programs and organizations that address their needs.
- Strive to make all funders - individuals, foundations, government and corporate - more aware of how to analyze where their funds are going, how they are being used, and whether or not the end result is successful.
- Understand the importance of measurable outcomes in giving and seek to reach a wider audience to inform about funding inequities.
- Foster a networking association that puts funders and nonprofits on equal footing.
- Bring together professional women in the nonprofit community through events, panels and fundraisers.
- Seek to improve the capacity, knowledge, and skills of the city's nonprofit leaders and their employees through our technical assistance program, thus helping nonprofits to do a better job and improve the quality of life for citizens of Chicago.
- Advocate for better funding for women and girls' programs.
- Seek to help young, emerging female leaders in the nonprofit community develop their leadership skills and find their voices.
- Provide an inclusive, caring and open environment where our members can learn, mentor and exchange information over and above their membership activities.