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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 (12 meetings): $100,132
Next meeting: Wednesday, December 15   
Animal Charity Night!  Nominate a Charity
We've raised over $100,000 together!  

It takes a village. Everyone who has generously donated to one of our charities has brought us to this milestone. Many people give to more than one charity and I am truly grateful. We've gotten to know amazing charities that are doing great work and assisted them through your donations..  

I especially want to thank Lisa Dembo, who galvanized me to form Women Giving Back, so that I finally stopped talking about it, and took action.  Though she is no longer involved, I appreciate her time and input very much.  I’m indebted to Cathy Wilson, who designed and maintains our amazing website and gives me technical support. I also want to thank Karen Berkowsky who hosts our Zoom meetings.  Without Cathy and Karen, I wouldn’t have been able to continue Women Giving Back through the pandemic. 

Thank you all so much.


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Selected Charities


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


Some Assembly Required

Bounce Children's Foundation

*No longer in business

Check out one of our selected charities, the Ryan Bank Academy, on the Ellen Show! 

Pet Food Drive!

(Through January 11)
We're collecting food for all types of pets: dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, gerbils,  bearded dragons.
We love 'em all! 

Contact us for drop off information. 
PS: You can order from Amazon and have your donation delivered directly to Sandy! 

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Our selected charity at the 9/23 Meeting: Bounce Children's Foundation
Runner up: Center for Independent Futures

Total Donations - $8,150!
We had two charities nominated for our September meeting.  After two moving presentations, our members chose the Bounce Children's Foundation.  


We raised $8,150 from 50 women who gave $5100 for the Bounce Children's Foundation. 25 members gave $2,600 to the Center for Independent Futures.  In addition, one member donated $100 to Some Assembly Required, a past selected charity, and another donated $350 to Our House of Hope., a previously nominated charity. 

Meet Bounce Children's Foundation

The mission of Bounce Children’s Foundation is to transform the lives of chronically ill children and their families, shifting them from surviving to thriving.  Bounce’s unique portfolio of highly effective, free programs, builds the resilience needed to cope with the ongoing, unexpected setbacks that define chronic illness. Integrating an innovative combination of family adventures, education to strengthen vital coping skills, donated tickets to high demand events, themed care packages for housebound families, access to resources, and continual peer support, Bounce creates a warm and welcoming community of fun & friendship, encouragement & hope.

Download the Bounce Basics brochure

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Presenting our donations to Bounce -- Tess Albertini (l), Operations Coordinator and Joan Steltmann (r), Founder and CEO

Meet the Center for Independent Futures

The Center for Independent Futures, based in Evanston, IL, was established to help individuals with disabilities and their families, educators, and agencies plan, support, and sustain more fulfilling lives. CIF creates sustainable solutions through community living options, personal networks, and lifelong planning and education, tailored to support individuals and families as well as schools and agencies.


Presenting our donations to CIF at Curt's Cafe (another WGB selected charity)!  Niki Moe, Director of Development on the left and Richard Malone the new CEO), former CEO of the YMCA of Greater Chicagoland.

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