click to enlarge Women's fund tops $1 million
Photo by Karen Ackerman Witter
Michelle Popp, workforce development training program team member, at the Creative Reuse Marketplace.

The Women's Fund at the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln recently reached $1 million. This accomplishment is made possible by local philanthropic women pooling their resources through the Women for Women giving circle. Established in 2006, the Women's Fund is an endowment, providing a permanent fund for annual grantmaking. In total, the Women's Fund has awarded $434,252 in grants to local organizations that improve the lives of women and their families.

Assisting women who are recovering from poverty, addiction and homelessness. Educating children about healthy food. Launching the Creative Reuse Marketplace to repurpose materials that would have been thrown away while concurrently providing job training for disadvantaged women. Helping deaf women who are victims of domestic violence. These are just some of the issues the Women's Fund is helping to address.

Over 100 Women for Women members donate $1,000 per year to the Women's Fund. Grants are awarded annually from investment earnings on the endowment, along with a portion of each member's annual contribution. In 2021, $55,000 was awarded to three organizations.

Members and prospective members are invited to a virtual event at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 19. Sondra Shaw-Hardy, widely recognized as the guru of women's giving circles, is a featured speaker. She is the founder of Women's Giving Circle International and co-founder of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at IUPUI in Indianapolis.

For more information about the October event or to join Women for Women, contact Stacy Reed at

Karen Ackerman Witter chairs the Women for Women Steering Committee.

About The Author

Karen Ackerman Witter

Karen Ackerman Witter started freelance writing after a 35-year career in state government holding various senior leadership positions. Prior to retiring she was associate director of the Illinois State Museum for 14 years. She is the past president of the Kidzeum Board of Directors and is an active volunteer...

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