• 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.

2020 Causes
  • Address food insecurity needs in the student and senior populations.
    Grantee: Quinn Center of St. Eulalia’s Hunger Ministry for Maywood; Beyond Hunger’s Direct Hunger Assistance for Seniors and Children
  • Connect seniors, adults and youth with counseling and support networks for mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
    Grantee: NAMI’s Support 4U texting program; Thrive Counseling Center’s Suicide Risk Prevention for Suicide Risk in Hard-to-Reach Populations
  • Support programs which promote positive mental health and encourage community engagement, especially intergenerational relationships, for older adults, thereby reducing social isolation among older adults.
    Grantee: Senior Services of Oak Park and River Forest’s Creating Connectedness Project
2019 Causes
  • Support programs which prepare teens and young adults to enter the workforce, focusing on financial literacy and workplace behavior.
    Grantee: New Moms’ job training program, YEMBA’s mentoring empowerment training
  • Support efforts to recruit, train and support leaders of color in local schools, non-profits, government and other institutions.
    Grantee: Collaboration for Early Childhood’'s parent leadership training
  • Connect adults and youth with education, counseling and support networks for mental health promotion and suicide prevention.
    Grantee: NAMI’s Support 4U texting program
2018 Causes
  • Addressing food insecurity among students.
    Grantee: OPRF Food Pantry's Summer Meals; Beye School PTO's food backpack pilot
  • Connecting youth/adults with counseling & support networks for suicide prevention & mental health promotion. 
    Grantee: NAMI's Support 4U texting program; Thrive Counseling safeTalk training
  • Supporting the low income youth participation scholarship fund. 
    Grantee: Youth Engagement Scholarship Fund
2017 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


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


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.

Questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Senior Philanthropic Advisor, or call 708-848-1560.

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