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Welcome to Women Giving Back Illinois     

Presenting our donation to the Center for Independent Futures
(l) Ann Sickon, Executive Director and (r) Megan Madigan, Program Director

We support local charities doing great things! 

Presenting our donation to the Center for Independent Futures
(l) Ann Sickon, Executive Director and (r) Megan Madigan, Program Director
Donations to date (16 meetings): $148,745
Next meeting: Fall 2023 (Date TBD) 

At the July 12 meeting, we heard from three charities who are doing important work. True North Treks was the top vote getter.  The total   donations - $16,095 - were split among the three charities  Thank you! 
Hi everyone,


I'm happy to report great results from the July 12, 2023, our 16th meeting.  

  • True North Treks, which assists young adult cancer patients and their caregivers, was the top vote getter and received $5,200 from 51 of our members, and serendipitously, one of its angel donors had pledged to match all gifts up to $12,500 received before September 3.  Our money came just in time and True North Treks was able to double our gifts to $10,400.  How good is that?

  • The Beverly Warren Emergency Fund, which assists students having a sudden financial emergency and is a discrete program of the IU Foundation, received a total of $3,000 from 25 of us.

  • Second Nurture, a charitable group assisting foster kids and their families, received $2,625 from 30 people.  We also collected a large number of toys, puzzles, school supplies and clothing for the kids, and the organization was extremely grateful.

The grand total raised at the meeting was $16,025.  For those who enjoy the details:

  • 56 members made donations

  • 21 members donated to three charities

  • 9 members donated to two charities


A huge thank you to everyone who donated money, as well as those who donated the above items to the foster kids and their foster families.


Since the inception of Women Giving Back, we have raised $148,745.00 for small charities helping those in need.  Together, we are making a big difference with our collective giving.   


Keep an eye out for a notice for our fall meeting.  We hope to be back in person at Sunset Foods in Northbrook.  Any questions or comments, please let me know.  

Thank you, as always.




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Selected Charities to Date


The Nora Project

Curt's Cafe


Center for Independent Futures

Girl Forward

Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding* 


Fighting for Families

Pride ROC Chicago 

Pets for US Heroes*


Ryan Banks Academy*

Antioch Traveling Closet

Normal Moments


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Bounce Children's Foundation

Our House of Hope



Elevated Access

NICU-Cardiac Neurodevelopment Program: Early Childhood Clinic


True North Treks

*No longer in business

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