• 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.

2017-18 Causes
  • Addressing food insecurity among students. 
  • Connecting youth/adults with counseling & support networks for suicide prevention & mental health promotion. 
  • Supporting the low income youth participation scholarship fund. 
2016-17 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
2015-16 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


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

       2018 Meeting Dates

  • Monday, October 1st, Panel Discussion · Dominican University
  • Monday, November 12th, Quest for Causes · Pleasant Home


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.

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Download a new member application here.


Learn more about WLIP

emailQuestions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Donor and Grants Officer, or call 708-848-1560.

Charter Members
  • Nancy Follett*
  • Margaret Houck*
  • Helen M. Harrison Foundation*
  • Chatka Ruggiero
  • Miriam Hotchkiss*
  • Elizabeth Snow*

* In memoriam

updated 6/26/18

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Deb Abrahamson
Catherine M. Adduci
Roberta Asher
Elizabeth Badinrath
Ann Baker
Beta Balgemann*
Barbara Ballinger
Vivien Barkidjija
Gladys Barton*
Barbara Best
Shelby Boblick
Mena Boulanger
Susan Bridge, Ph.D.
Julie Brown
Mary Anne Brown
Bunny Carey
Donna Carroll, Ed.D.
Doris Christopher
Kristen Coe  
Susan Conti
Linda Conway
Ann Courter
Gloria Cox
Sue Crothers Gee
Alice Desai
Nancy DeSombre
Martha English
Jane Erickson
Marjorie Fallon
Julia Faust
Karen Faust
Sara Rickert Faust

Marian Austin Fisher*
Danah Kozma Fisher
Margie Gipson
Clare Golla
Judith P. Greffin
Janet Hanley
Nancy Hanson*
Cristy Harris
Mary Heidkamp
Meg Herman
Gail Holmberg
Jayne Irvin Hopps
Patricia Hunt
Laura Jordahl
Cheryl King
Jean Kirk
Angelika Kuehn
Roberta Raymond Larson
Megan Lewis
Sophia Lloyd
Carlotta Lucchesi
Alice Madden
Sheryl Martin
Virginia Martinez
Mary Kay Martire
Lynn McClure*
Amy McCormack
Jean Meister
Marie Mensah
Julie Moller
Heather Moore
Michelle Moore

Donna Myers
Mary Lou Noll
Lynne Palmore
Jan Pate
Patricia Petrick
Marcia Preston
Sherlynn Reid
Barb Rohm Rossa
Linda G. Sahagian
Patricia Schmidt
Donna Schuler
Mary Jo Schuler
Norah Scott
Erika Shorney
Carollina Song
Diane Stephenson
Fran Sullivan
K.T. Sullivan
Carrie Summy
Elizabeth Summy
Karen Tardy
Linda Tibensky
Betty Tilton
Annemarie Valenti
Michelle Vanderlaan
Kristin Carlson Vogen
Nancy Waichler
Sally A. Wallace, Ph.D.
Sandra White
Lynne Williams
Stacey Williams
Lynn Winikates
Lauren Wolven


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