TCW Foundation

The TCW Foundation, celebrating 25 years in 2014, is a foundation inspired by Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine.

May 30, 1989, the Today’s Chicago Woman (TCW) Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, was founded by the staff of TCW when they learned that less than 3 percent of all funding was earmarked for organizations that help women and children. The TCW Foundation fulfills a need by helping Chicago-area under-funded organizations with operating budgets of less than $1 million provide essential programs and services. For the TCW Foundation, women and children are not a secondary beneficiary of programming…they are our only purpose.

Since its inception, the TCW Foundation has awarded funding to more than 100 organizations. Funds are given to support special projects and for general operating expenses. Shelters for homeless and battered women, rape crisis centers, AIDS awareness, job training and substance abuse programs are some of the services that have received financial support through our grants. The TCW Foundation is an all-volunteer organization, so donors can be assured that 100 percent of their money is going toward helping local non-profits serving women and children in need.

In two years, TCWF provided 60 area charities with grants through our 30FOR30 initiative. Celebrating 30 years in publication, TCW launched the campaign in 2011 (the year leading up to the big 3-OH!). It continued through 2012, and through various fundraising efforts and the support of generous donors we raised thousands of dollars for local 501(c)(3) charities. Click here to see 2011′s grant recipients and click here to see 2012′s grant recipients.

How You Can Help

• Consider a tax deductible donation.
• Inquire about matching employee donation programs at your workplace.
• Attend a TCW Foundation fundraising event.
• Volunteer to serve on a committee.
• Donate in-kind services or goods.
• Consider leaving a donation to the TCW Foundation in your will.


Please consider mailing a donation to…
TCW Foundation
150 E. Huron, #1101
Chicago, IL 60611

Please make checks payable to the TCW Foundation.


If you’d like your organization considered for a grant from TCW Foundation, please send the following to Executive Director Carrie Williams

  • Information about your organization
  • Letter of Intent
  • Proof of 501(c)(3) status

All applications will be considered, and grants will be given in the month of December. Please submit your application for a TCWF grant by November 1, 2014.

Contact Us

TCW Foundation
150 E Huron, #1101
Chicago, IL 60611
p: 312.951.7600 ext 105